Steve Horowitz, American Composer

A creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Steve's 30-year career integrates his experiences as a band leader with his explorations as a multi faceted composer, bassist and producer.


Steve Horowitz is a composer, bass player, producer, and author best known for his original Score to the Academy Award Nominated film Super Size Me. The artist behind twenty Three albums of mind bending original music, steve has also penned the scores for literally hundreds of popular video games. A grammy winning engineer, a Webby and Kid Screen award winning audio director (Nickelodeon Digital), Horowitz lives in San Francisco.

Steve studied at the California Institute of the Arts with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick , Micheal Jon Fink and Stephen "Lucky" Mosko. He teaches at San Francisco State University, The Academy of Art University and UC-Santa Cruz. Steve also lectures at various schools including New York University, California Institute of the Arts, and Berklee College of Music in Boston and has received performance underwriting as well as commissions from: Meet the Composer Fund, the Lab SF, The Kitchen NYCAmsterdam Fund for the Arts NLFund for the Interactive Sound Arts NetherlandsGravy Train Dance Company, The Alternate Currents Ensemble, Music at the Anthology (MATA, executive producer Phillip Glass), The Astoria Symphony, The Flux String Quartet, The Guerilla Composers Collective and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

Touring projects in the US and the abroad have helped to form Horowitz's unique perspective and voice. Steve's music has been heard at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, The Bimhuis in Amsterdam, The Red Cat Theater in LA, The Miller Theater and The Kitchen in NYC. He frequently collaborates with other artists - joining forces with an eclectic variety of musicians such as electric guitar wizards Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp and Henry Kaiser, saxophone greats Lenny Pickett and Ralph Carney, Dan Plonsey, Steve Adams, The Clubfoot Orchestra, Glen Spearman, acoustic bassist Tatsu Aoki, and the Balkan music ensemble Zhaba. 


In addition to his work in chamber and concert music, Horowitz writes music for Dance, Film, Television, Cartoons, and Video Games. Steve wrote the score to the Academy award nominated film Super Size Me and as audio director at Nickelodeon Digital, has literally worked on Hundreds of Videos games and interactive products. Horowitz's expertise was honored in 1996 with a Grammy award for his engineering work on the compact disc "True Life Blues, the Songs of Bill Monroe", winner of the best Bluegrass album 1996, and in 2003 with a Webby for his work with Nickelodeon. Horowitz has been featured in Bass Player magazine and books The Art of Digital Music and The Guerilla Guide to the Music Business. He is also the author of "The Essential Guide to Game Audio: The Theory and Practice of Sound for Games" on Focal press.

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