His original musical scores can be heard all
over the world, however musician and composer Steve Kornicki can
walk down the streets
of the North Hills rather anonymously. And that's just the way
he likes it.
As a classical composer, Kornicki is accustomed
to his music playing more of a strong supporting part, than a leading
role. Yet his most recent piece of music, "Morning Star Rising," will
soon take center stage.
This 17-minute orchestral composition has been
chosen to be performed and recorded by a professional orchestra
in the Ukraine and distributed
internationally as part of the Masterworks of the New Era CD series. This
is the sixth volume in the series that showcases modern American
Kornicki spent countless hours composing the
different scores for each orchestral instrument. But unlike composers
of eras past, he used hi-tech computer sound
equipment to write and rewrite the celestial piece. "When I'm writing I have to strike when the iron's hot. I
get it out first and then put it together," he says.
But composing intricate musical scores is not
a new endeavor for Kornicki. He began composing original music
at age 9 when his mother started
giving him piano lessons. By the time he was a teenager he was writing
chamber music and composing his own classical pieces.
He jokes that growing up in inner city Philadelphia
he did not want to go outside much as a child, so instead he stayed
played music. So he and brother, Kevin, a percussionist who was
featured in the North Journal in October, would wile away hours
In his teen years, Kornicki expanded his repertoire
to include bass, acoustic and electric guitar. He attended Philadelphia's
Settlement Music School where he majored
in guitar and says his mind was opened up to the theory of music. It
was then that he began writing a wider variety music and began
pursuing a career as a composer and musician.
Kornicki, along with his brother, moved from
Philadelphia to Pittsburgh about 10 years ago in order to pursue
music careers. He continued composing, while at the same time collaborating
his brother for shows at festivals, private functions and clubs. While
living in Pittsburgh he met and married his wife Melissa, a lifelong
resident of Richland Township.
In 2000, Kornicki, like many musicians, headed
to Los Angeles in hopes of getting his music into the television
and movie industry. And that move proved fruitful. He composed
scores for several independent films and instructional videos. And
several of his musical pieces were selected for inclusion
in music libraries, which are compilations of musical pieces that
are purchased by a television network for use in future promotions.
Kornicki also recorded three CDs and was featured on several radio
programs including Echoes on National Public Radio and radio programs
After three years in LA, Kornicki says he was
ready to come back home to Pittsburgh. He says the competition
for composers was fierce on the west coast
but that he made many contacts that he still works with today.
And working in Pittsburgh also gives him a wider range of opportunities.
He works with many local singers and songwriters and also works
a music producer. In addition, he performs regularly with his brother
at Fresco's restaurant in Wexford. "There is a lot of room
for original music in Pittsburgh. It just takes time for things
Now that "Morning Star Rising" is
completed and on its way to the Ukraine for recording, Kornicki
is working to bring
his musical expertise into the pop genre with an original song
he wrote about Melissa when they met.
For more information on Steve Kornicki, visit www.stevekornicki.com.