Steve King


Steve is Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and plays viola professionally with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra together with being a music educationalist, facilitator and composer. 

As a composer, Steve has had many of his works played throughout the country, also on television and radio. He has won various awards to further his research and development in composition and its vital link into education and the community.

Through his work at Heriot-Watt and many other music institutional settings in Scotland, Steve has become sought after as a choral and orchestral conductor, showing strong commitment to the community sector of music making, exploring both contemporary and mainstream repertoire. He was recently invited as guest conductor of the Meadows Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh and conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and SCO Chorus in recording sessions for Linn Records last year.

In 2005 Steve was awarded an MBE for services to music. In 2006 he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the International Rotary Foundation in recognition of his dedicated service to music in the community. In 2009 Steve was awarded an Honorary Doctorate [D.Litt.] by Heriot-Watt University. 

And when he is not working? Steve is married to Anne and, when their schedule allows they drive to the West Coast of Scotland where they launch their boat and motor to a very remote area where they have a ‘butt ‘n ben’ [small cottage]. Here is the place to chill, cook, and catch up on life – it’s also a wonderful place to create and write music! 

Photographer: Euan Robertson

Musician: Steve King