Steven Crino is a composer primarily interested in simplicity, compositional craft, and emotional immediacy. His music has been performed by ensembles and soloists, such as Peter Sheppard Skaerved, The Podcast Opera Company, The Boston New Music Initiative, The Philadelphia Experimental Theatre Ensemble, and The Temple University Singers. 

Steven's first opera, Tomb of Beauty, is a national finalist for the 2021 American Prize, and his other compositions have won numerous awards including the 3rd International A.D. Kastalsky Choral Music Competition, The Aural Compass Projects' Emerging Composer Competition, The Composers Concordance Competition, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Student Composer Project. He is the recipient of the Ada Arens Morawetz Memorial Award, the Richard M. Duris Scholarship for Excellence in Classical Music, and the Florence Gould Foundation Scholarship. Steven’s music has been reviewed by publications such as the Philadelphia City Paper and Phindie Magazine, and was featured on Maryland’s Classical Radio station, WBJC, 91.5’s ‘Composer of the Month’ Podcast series.

Steven is a doctoral candidate at the Peabody Conservatory, where he also completed degrees in Composition (M.M.) and Theory Pedagogy (M.M.), studying with
Michael Hersch and Kevin Puts. He was a Graduate Assistant, and Graduate Teaching Fellow of Music Theory at Peabody, working under the tutelage of Omar Thomas, Ildar Khannanov, and Kip Wile. Prior to his time at Peabody, Steven received a B.M. in Music Composition from Temple University, and studied harmony, counterpoint, and composition privately with Benjamin C.S. Boyle. He attended the E.A.M.A. summer program in Paris studying composition with Phillip Lasser. Steven currently  resides in the Philadelphia area.