Steve Potter


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2016Music and Sound Design
Sound Design
Gliwice Hamlet // The Snakes // Black Tenderness
Arne Pohlmeier, Daniel Goldman, Tara Robinson
Firehouse Productions // Translating Theatre: 'Foreignisation' on Stage
Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
Live Performance
Play, for 19 musicians
George Benjamin, conductor
london Sinfonietta
LSO St. Lukes
2012 - 2013Music Director/Musician
Live Performance
Ashley Dean & Russell Dean
Strangeface Theatre Company
Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal) and 65 further venues around Britain
2011 - 2012Sessional Lecturer
Music AnalysisKing's College London
2011 - 2012Composer
100 Combat Troupes
Kelina Gotman
london Sinfonietta
Village Underground (London)
Kelina Gotman
ensemble ensemble
Sussex University
Live Performance
Domaine Forget International Festival
Lorraine Vaillancourt
Nouvel Ensemble Modern
Salle Françoys-Bernier du Domaine Forget
International Ensemble Modern Academy
Franck Ollu
Ensemble Modern
soWi Innsbruck
The Snowman
Frances Lynch
Electric Voice Theatre
rural tour
  • About me

    I am an American composer-pianist based in Clapham, London. Originally from northern California, I came to London 12 years ago to do a PhD, which I earned in April 2011 (Kings College London), and happily have stayed - I now divide my time between composing for video art and experimental theatre, performing, and teaching at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    I regularly play with Velodrome, MUSARC, and the London Improvisers Orchestra, and have played in recent years with Southbank Gamelan Ensemble and squib-box. A few recent venues: The Victoria Dalston, Mascara Bar (Stoke Newington), iKlectik Art Cafe (Waterloo), London Festival of Architecture (Battersea Power Station), Handel House (Mayfair).

    I'm particularly interested in working with experimental theatre-makers, video artists, choreographers and filmmakers. Recently I did sound design for three staged readings at the Gate Theatre (Notting Hill) of three European plays in translation, as part of an AHRC Leadership Project, 'Translating Theatre: "Foreignisation on Stage"'.

    I also enjoy accompanying opera and musicals, which I have done off and on for 22 years.

    Additional Skills

    Accordion and vocals


    George Benjamin

    John Deathridge

    Mark Dean

    Industry Awards

    Blue Touch Paper Bursary (2011, Esmee Fairbairn & Jerwood Foundations/London Sinfonietta); Music and Medicine Composition Prize (2009, Wellcome Foundation/King's College London); CAP grant (2008, American Music Center); Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Spoleto Prize (2006, Orpheus International New Chamber Opera Competition)

  • Skills

    Musical Skills
    • Harpsichord
    • Keyboard
    • Piano
    Musical Style
    • A capella
    • Avant-garde
    • Avant-garde jazz
    • Baroque
    • Big band
    • Cabaret
    • Chamber
    • Chamber jazz
    • Classical
    • Cool jazz
    • Experimental
    • Folk
    • Grunge
    • Improv
    • Jazz
    • World
    Home Studio
    • Yes
    ISDN Line
    • No
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Primary Instrument
    • Piano