Steven Kennedy resides in New England where he freelances as a film music reviewer/commentator, bassoonist, conductor, and keyboardist.  He is a member of the American Composer’s Forum, the Dramatist’s Guild, Leading Musicians, and BMI.

He composes in a variety of genres with works for orchestra, band, chorus, and solo instruments. He has also completed several musicals, including: Mark the Halls (a parody of Hallmark TV Christmas movies); Chantecler (based on the Rostand play); The Magnificent Amberson’s (adaptation of the Booth Tarkington novel); as well as original scripts (The Jurgens File, Tinsel in the Toilet).  During the pandemic, he created two new solo albums focusing on songs from his musicals, Off 2 Broadway, and freely-improvised piano music, Improvs for Hope, to add to his first release, Reflections.

A respected reviewer, his analyses of film and video game music appear in Film Score Monthly, Film Music Review, and on his blog Cinemusical, which additionally features reviews of classical music. 


In Tandem

Release Date: May 24, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6227
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Introducing the album is Lee Actor’s Duo for Violin and Cello. The track, which won the Eva Thompson Phillips Award for Composition in 1979, is a short, textured, and powerful piece. In ABA form, the energy of the stringed instruments swings like a parabola from the height of sharp, angular rhythms down into deep and gentle expressions and builds up to a sharp, explosive climax.