Steven Mento received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware, studying applied piano with Leon Bates. After piano study with Annie Petit of The Curtis Institute, he enrolled in a Masters program at Temple University and worked with Harvey Wedeen in piano pedagogy. Steven completed doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of South Carolina where he studied piano with Dr. Charles Fugo and composition with Dr. Richard Goodwin.
Dr. Mento has performed in various locations in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, Florida, and in Vienna, Austria, and has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in NYC. His violin concerto was given its World Premiere at the Orvieto Festival in Italy in 2007 and his piano trio, ‘Music for Lancaster’ for the Amael Trio in 2009 at the Festival Forfest in the Czech Republic. Duo Mento performed the world premiere of ‘Dies Irae’ for two pianos on October 23, 2008 at Merkin Hall in New York.
Steven Mento has composed and performed ‘Elegy’, for piano and orchestra, commissioned by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Steven Mento was recently commissioned to write a new orchestral work, ‘Algonquian Dreamcatcher’, for the Bay-Atlantic Symphony to premiere in the 2015-2016 season.
He is a concert reviewer for the Classical New Jersey Society Journal, and taught music and piano at Burlington College and the McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey until 2010.
In 2002 ‘Duo Mento’ was formed with his sister Loretta (chosen by Sony Films to play Mozart in ‘Seven Pounds’) to perform four-hand piano literature; four hand and solo CDs are available on CD Baby with stations on Pandora.com