Stephen Small (b. 1969) is a multi-instrumentalist/producer/arranger. He studied classical piano with Tamas Vesmas in New Zealand, and with Nelly Ben-Or at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. His stylistic interests include Western classical music, contemporary Jazz, Rock and Persian music. He has recorded and released five previous albums of original work including Slow Drag (2009), a collection of multi-keyboard progressive jazz tunes, Inamorata (2011), an album of classical piano compositions, and Halcyon Dayes (2016), a collection of New Age piano compositions. All albums are released by Domo Music USA. Of note is the 2018 release of the eponymous album by Kotahi Te Wairua, a te reo Maori recording that re-tells the myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuku.
Stephen is Music Director and arranger for legendary Grammy-winning New Age artist Kitaro. In recent Kitaro tours Stephen has conducted the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Azerbaijan Chamber Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. 2014 saw the release of the Grammy-nominated Kitaro: Symphony Live in Istanbul, with the Alexander Symphony Orchestra of Romania. Kitaro performed four concerts in Tehran in 2014 with Stephen conducting the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. Stephen has also participated in recordings and performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Pops Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and with many regional orchestras and large ensembles.
A notable release is Us and Them (Symphonic Pink Floyd), recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with orchestrations by Jaz Coleman, for whom Stephen worked as an assistant arranger, copyist and pianist. Us and Them reached No.1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Album chart in 1995.
He has recorded extensively as pianist/arranger with Persian songwriter Sonbol Taefi since 1997, with concert performances in the UK, USA, Canada, Argentina and Australia. A particular highlight is the 2014 recording of Sea of Mystery in Prague with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
In twenty-five years of studio recording and live performances, Stephen has worked alongside many luminaries of popular music, such as Jaz Coleman, Belinda Carlisle, Beth Hart, Graeme Downes (Verlaines), Bonnie Tyler and Leo Sayer. He has arranged and directed the music for radio broadcasts, televised studio concerts and for large outdoor events in New Zealand. He worked extensively with theatre director Roger Morton in stage productions of works by British playwright Steven Berkoff. He produced the Pop Album of the Year (2012) for New Zealand singer-songwriter Jamie McDell (EMI/Universal) and has played piano in a number of big band and small group concerts under the direction of legendary US composer/arranger Russ Garcia.
Stephen’s rock band Autozamm recorded its 2009 album 5th Degree with renowned LA-based producer/engineer Krish Sharma. Autozamm has performed as the opening act for such international acts as The Black Crowes, INXS, Seether, Silverchair and Powderfinger. Stephen has a Master of Arts in musicology and a Doctor of Musical Arts in genre studies.