|Steve Brady grew up in Portland, Oregon. After completing his initial training in piano technology under Lynn Hansen at BYU, he passed his RPT exams and began his career as a piano technician in the Phoenix area. He later served as head piano technician at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1978 to 2003. While working at the UW, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Music History in 1982 and later completed course work for a Master of Arts degree in Music History. During his 25 years at the UW, Brady tuned and prepared pianos for nearly 5,000 concerts and recitals, and worked with most of the leading pianists of our time, including Murray Perahia, Alfred Brendel, Andras Schiff, Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, Richard Goode, Claudio Arrau, Alicia de Larrocha, Andre Watts, Vladimir Feltsman, and Evgeny Kissin. He has also been the official piano technician for the Governor’s Mansion in the state of Washington since 1989. Most recently, he served as head piano technician for the Aspen Music Festival & School for five summers, from 2009 to 2013.
A longtime member of the Piano Technicians Guild, he has served as president of both the Phoenix and Seattle chapters, as president of the Pacific Northwest Conference, as charter Regional Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Region (1989-92), as a member of the Institute Committee from 1993-95, and Institute Director in 1994. From 1995 through 2000 he served as Editor of the international monthly Piano Technicians Journal.
In June of 1999, PTG published his book, A Piano Technician’s Guide to Field Repairs. The 2nd edition of this book appeared in January of 2008. In 1996 he received the PTG “Member of Note” award. Brady has trained a number of piano technicians over the past 30 years, and 20 of his students have received the RPT credential. He has published portions of his Master’s thesis, on Brahms’s pianos and piano music, in three different publications: the American Brahms Society Newsletter, the book, Brahms and His World (Princeton University Press, Walter Frisch, editor), and the July, 2000 issue of the Piano Technicians Journal. He has also published articles in Piano & Keyboard magazine and served on the editorial board of that publication. His new book, Under the Lid: The Art & Craft of the Concert Piano Technician, was published in March of 2008 by Byzantium Books.
Steve was inducted into PTG's Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2016, he received his profession's highest honor, the Golden Hammer, awarded at PTG's international convention in Norfolk, Virginia. Steve lives in Seattle with his wife, the concert pianist Judith Cohen. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, hiking, and dancing Argentine tango.