Steve Holt (Canadian musician)

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Steve Holt

Steve Holt (born April 9, 1954) is a Canadian jazz pianist.

Music career[edit]

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Holt exhibited musical ability in early childhood, playing piano at the age of four. In 1960 his family moved to Côte Saint-Luc and during these years he spent long hours at the piano. By the time he was a teenager, Holt was a regular on the Montreal club scene.[citation needed]

He remained self-taught until the age of 22, when he entered McGill University to study jazz with pianist Armas Maiste. During this period, Holt also became a private student of jazz pianist Kenny Barron, traveling monthly to New York City for private instruction at Barron's home. Holt graduated from McGill in 1981 with that university's first Bachelor of Music major in Jazz Performance and continued to teach at McGill. [1]

In 1983, Holt released his debut album, The Lion's Eyes. The album received international critical acclaim[citation needed] and won a JUNO nomination for Best Jazz Album. He worked with jazz musicians Larry Coryell, James Moody, Michal Urbaniak, Eddie Vinson, and Archie Shepp.

During the 1990s Holt also rose to prominence as an equity analyst. In 1999, he hosted a conference for institutional investors at Scotia Capital called "Music and the Internet", which featured music industry executives. He spoke about music piracy and its effect on the recording industry. In 1999 he was ranked by Greenwich Associates[2] the No. 1 Consumer Products analyst in Canada.[citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]

Holt was nominated for a JUNO award in 1983 for his debut album, The Lion's Eyes. In 2002 he won an Honorable Mention at the USA Songwriting Competition for his Latin song "Soon".


  • 1983: The Lion's Eyes (Plug)
  • 1991: Christmas Light (Inner Music)
  • 1992: Just Duet (Sackville) with Kieran Overs
  • 1993: Catwalk (Sackville)
  • 2001: The Dream (Trilogy)


  • 2002: "We Need You" (Trilogy)
  • 2002: "Just to Be With You" (Trilogy)
  • 2003: "Soon" (Trilogy)



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