Steve Aho, originally from Portland, OR, began playing drums and the piano at around age 4. His mother, a piano teacher, and his keyboardist father fostered a musical environment in which he thrived. By his early teens, he was performing with professional ensembles in the Portland area, and went on to continue his education at the University of Michigan (B.A.) and the University of Miami (M.A.).
His playing and music production have appeared in feature film soundtracks, national TV broadcasts such as The Jay Leno Show, The Conan O’Brien Show, PBS Great Performances, Canada AM, The Dr. Phil Show, TV commercials, national sports broadcasts, audio sample libraries, and numerous album projects. As a musician equally comfortable playing drums, vibraphone, percussion, or keyboards, he has worked with musical luminaries as diverse as Adele, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Steve Martin, Jason Mraz, Nate Ruess, Paul Simon, Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Tobias Jesso Jr., Edie Brickell, Graham Nash, Natalie Cole, Katherine McPhee, Stevie Nicks, Cobra Starship, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Patrick Stump, Shawn Colvin, Michelle Branch, Boz Skaggs, Raul Malo, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire, Charice, Neil Sedaka, and Michael Feinstein.
Steve’s musical career has taken him to perform in five continents and in 49 U.S. States. As an active musician in Los Angeles, Steve orchestrates, contracts and conducts large-scale orchestral studio sessions, including the newest albums of Nate Ruess, Emile Haynie, Paramore, and Young the Giant. He plays drums and serves as music director for Warner Brothers recording artist William Joseph, with whom he has toured with Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins, and Josh Groban, and continually works with various artists in the pop/classical world. Steve also works regularly with mega-producer/music icon Peter Asher on various album projects and performs in his memoirs show. Well versed in many different styles of music, he has performed worldwide with jazz vocalist Monica Mancini and spent a two-year tenure touring with Engelbert Humperdinck. In addition to touring for approximately four months each year with various artists, he has performed several times for the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards.
Steve currently resides in Los Angeles on a sunny street in South Pasadena. When he is not working, he enjoys traveling, cycling, and running with his two dogs, Cleo and Leika.