Steve Gray started off his carrer in the '60s as a studio musician in London. His track record on tape ran to over 2000 productions before he made a name for himself above all as arranger and composer, among others for BBC Orchestra, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Count Basie. As keyboarder and saxofonist in the classic rock band Sky, between 1984 and 1991 he was recipient of several gold and platinum records. Alongside intensive composition work in the classical sector, he also managed to write a concerto for guitar for John Williams, In a joint effort together with Brian Eno, their work culminated in a rendition of Eno pieces for full orchestra that was performed at the Holland Festival. The pianist, arranger and conductor Steve Gray can look back on years of work together with the NDR Bigband. The paths of this native Englishman and the acclaimed "soloists' big band" have been crossing for over ten years. Together they realized projects by Astor Piazzolla, Duke Ellingtom, a flamenco project, Oscar Brown Jr., Abduallah Ibrahim, Georgie Fame and Al Jarreau. The "Requiem for Choir and Big Band" ist he first cooperation of a Steve Gray composition.