Pianist and composer Steven Naylor is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music composition at Bowling Green State University. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, he graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2017, where he studied piano under Dr. Michael Coonrod. He currently studies under pianist Dr. Laura Melton and composer Dr. Marilyn Shrude. In his collegiate career, he has participated in masterclasses with pianists Jerry Wong, Marina Lomazov, and Gilbert Kalish and composer Jake Heggie. Steven often takes inspiration from the natural world for his compositions, having spent much time growing up surrounded by Michigan’s forests, lakes, and rivers. He has presented five solo recitals, playing music from the Renaissance through the modern day, including his own compositions. Recent performance highlights include Morton Feldman’s triadic memories, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and a water-themed recital featuring the music of Sarah Kirkland Snider, Clara Schumann, John Dowland, Nico Muhly, and Maurice Ravel, among others. Recent and upcoming compositions include a micro-opera about Hildegard von Bingen, a piece written for the icarus Quartet, and a series of nocturnes for piano.