Steve Kortyka

Steve Kortyka's Biography

Based out of Astoria, NY, Steve Kortyka is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator who is currently engaged in a full time performing schedule throughout numerous establishments throughout NYC. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Steve began playing saxophone at a young age and quickly gravitated towards learning as much as he could. Upon graduating from The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Rick VanMatre and James Bunte, he took his maiden voyage as a full time working musician in the cruise industry where he was quickly promoted to Musical Director. "It was a great opportunity to travel, meet wonderful people and learn just about every aspect of the music industry. I am extremely thankful for it." he says of this experience.

Since arriving in NYC in 2011, Steve has had the opportunity to perform at The Blue Note, Smoke, Showmans, Shapeshifter, the Shrine, Fatcat, Smalls, Birdland, B.B. Kings, SixtyFive, 54 Below, The Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar, The Rainbow Room, The Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center and many other great establishments throughout the city as well as lead and record 3 studio albums. He has made numerous major network television appearances on shows including The Jimmy Fallon Show, Strictly Come Dancing (UK), Good Morning America, Christmas at Rockefeller Center, ABC's A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, PBS' Great Performances and NYE Live at Rockefeller Center with Carson Daly. Also serving as a Musical Director for the Brian Newman Orchestra, Steve had the privilege of recording on the Grammy Award Winning album Cheek to Cheek (Interscope 2014) which also features his arranging work on "Firefly", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", and "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered", as well as an improvised solo on Irving Berlin's classic "Let's Face the Music and Dance".

In addition to being a full time performer, Steve is also an avid teacher of instrumental music and improvisation. Time is always made to share his love for the art of jazz and composition through clinics, master classes and solo performances around the U.S. In the past he has held residencies in his home town of Cleveland at St. Edward H.S. as well as The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland and is actively pursuing future engagements. As an ever growing musician, he feels it is important to share that growth with those around him in as many ways as possible. Steve is a Yamaha Performing Artist and exclusively plays Yamaha Instruments.

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