Steven Christopher Sacco


Steven Christopher Sacco

Composer - Performer - Educator

Brooklyn-born American composer Steven Christopher Sacco’s work is performed internationally by some of today’s leading soloists and ensembles. Critics praise him for writing “absorbing, poetic and passionate music that easily engages the sympathies and attention of a concert audience,” (The Sandpiper, Rehoboth Beach, 1996)  and that his music is “gorgeous, brilliant,” and “magical, some of the most ravishing music of our time.” (Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, 2023).

His artistic collaborators have included American Brass Quintet, Luciano Berio, Kevin Cobb, Steven Isserlis, Czech Nonet, Juliana Gondek, Raymond Mase, David Oei, Adela Pena, Antoinette Perry, The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own," Michael Powell,  John D. Rojak,  Eriko Sato,  and Speculum Musicae, among others. Sacco’s work has been performed on tours in Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America, as well as the music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, Bowdoin, Deal (UK) and IIMF (Italy).

Sacco has been generously supported by The Arts and Letters Foundation, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Corporation of Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony Inc., The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Juilliard School, Princeton and Columbia Universities,  among others.

A composition and theory faculty member and past department co-chair at the Mannes College of Music Prep, he formerly taught at Rutgers University, Newark and at the State University of New York, at Purchase, as well as the Universities of Columbia and Princeton.

Steven Sacco's music is published by American Composers Edition (ACA) and Hickman Music Editions (HME). Recordings are available on the Summit, Navona, USA Made, and The Hill Studio record labels. He holds a D.M.A. from Columbia University, a M.F.A. from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School. He resides with his wife and dogs in New York.



March 1st 2023


“The music is uncanny, lyrical in the best ways, like perhaps a post-Satian landscape, gorgeous and brilliant. The solo piano and the solo electronics each have their profound leaning say in turns unaccompanied, that is to say pure of itself in timbre.The results are magical, some of the most ravishing music of our time I would say happily. Do not miss this! It is a towering achievement and ever worthy of many listens.”

            -Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

"Highly mature work....thoroughly captivating"

            -International Trumpet Guild Journal

"With its lyrical melodies, tonal and colorful harmonies, and serious introspection punctuated by wit, whimsy and sparkle, Sacco's work should become a repertory favorite".

            -American Record Guide 2007, review of American Brass Quintet CD, Jewels.

"Resolutely euphonious"...

            - Aspen Times 2007, review of the premiere of Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano, performed by John Rojak and An Perry at the Aspen Music festival

"Delightful...[a] kind of musical aperitif that whets the appetite for what was to come".

            -The Buffalo News 2007, review of Little Suite of Miniatures.

"Attractive and engaging...Sacco’s music highlighted refreshing tonal language and organic motivic writing".

            -International Trumpet Guild (2004)

"Perky, jazzy...highly listenable music"

            -Aspen Times 2004, review of the premiere of Quintet for brass, American Brass Quintet at the Aspen Music Festival.

"Powerful work, combining lyricism and drama"...

            -Kent Mercury, UK 2001, review of the premiere of Fantasy for unaccompanied cello performed by Steven Isserlis at the Deal Summer Music Festival, UK.

“absorbing, poetic and passionate music that easily engages the sympathies and attention of a concert audience,”

            -The Sandpiper 1996

ACE Publications

Additional Works

BRASS QUINTET - Hickman Music Editions


Sonatina, for two trumpets in B-flat and piano - Hickman Music Editions