Xtreme Electric Violinist Steve Bowen started playing the violin at the age of four and was competing Nationally in Classical Kiwanis Music Festivals and in Bluegrass fiddle competitions.
Combining his extreme electric violin solos with Electronica, Hip Hop and, Dubstep, House & more.
Steve Bowen is a violinist, composer, guitarist, mandolinist, singer and International performer.
Steve is also a professional audio/video engineer and graphic designer for his companies Creative Guy Designs and L'il Big Tones Studio.
He is best known for his Fiddle Rock Show ‘Fiddlestix’ throughout Canada, Scandinavia and South East Asia.
Born in Chingola Zambia and growing up in Sudbury Ontario, Canada, Steve began studying the violin at the age of four.
By the age of six Steve was competing Nationally in Classical Music Competitions and Fiddle Competitions simutaneously.
Throughout his teens, Steve continued to study under private teachers including Dr. Metro Kozak and Emil First.
He continued to compete in classical violin competitions and won countless awards.
Apart from being involved with Youth Orchestras, Steve was also heading his own Rock Band named ’Small Paradise’ and pulled many all-nighters studying popular rock guitar licks and transposing them to his violin.
Throughout the 90’s Steve performed with the popular Hamilton based Celtic Rock group ’The Swinish Multitude’ performing throughout many of Ontario’s University Events and Party’s.
The band sold more than 5,000 copies of their all original CD entitled ‘A Multitude Of Sins’.
In 2001 Steve landed his first major tour of South-East Asia performing with his Fiddle Rock Outfit ‘Life After 9’ and his full production Violin Dance Fusion Show ’SHAZAM’.
Upon the creation of SHAZAM Steve received endorsements from Yamaha Music and is still to this day an endorsee.
Performances included shows in Singapore, Bangkok Thailand, Phuket Thailand, and Malaysia.
A fully booked tour to Australia was cancelled when Steve broke his leg in a motorcycle crash in 2006 and was flown back to Canada.
In 2007 Steve started the Extreme Fiddle Rock ‘FIDDLESTIX’ and quickly became one of Canada’s favourite Fiddle Shows.
Dubbed Canada’s “FIDDLE ROCK BAND” by Y108 Rocks Hamilton (Hamilton Ontario, CA. FM ROCK Radio Station)
Fiddlestix headlines many festivals including a sold out performance at Peterborough’s Little Lake Music Fest (In the company of Jimmy Rankin, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kim Mitchell) to performing showcase performances for the 18th and 19th Phuket Kings Cup Regatta in Phuket Thailand.
Fiddlestix has since helped herald the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Toronto Canada with Gord Downie (Tragically Hip) to performing for Canadian and American Ambassadors in South East Asia.
From International festivals and concerts to corporate shows and theater, Steve has performed alongside artists such as: The Barenaked Ladies, Johnny Logan, The Irish Rovers, Jim Cuddy, Alan Doyle and Sean McCann and Great Big Sea, Leahy, Big Sugar, A.J. Cole, John McDermott, DRU, and many more...
He has received letters of commendation for outstanding performances from various world organizations including, the Thai-Canadian Embassy, The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, and the American Embassy in South-East Asia.
As an International musician Steve continues his study of music throughout the world, fusing melodies from Europe, Eastern Europe, India, Asia, South-East Asia, Africa, North and South America. From bluegrass, to classical, celtic, jazz, blues, rock folk, metal, funk, latin, hip hop and pop, Steve merges all genres and styles, creating the cutting edge of modern electric violin.