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Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stevie Glasgow was already creating harmonic havoc on the family piano while barely tall enough to reach the keys. While at primary school he also added the trumpet and tenor horn (no, not the sax, the real tenor horn) to his slowly growing repertoire of instruments.

While continuing his piano studies through high school, Stevie also became fixated with the electric guitar and later, electric bass. A succession of school ensembles and teenage bands led to regular performances on Edinburgh's live circuit, where he honed his technique and dreamed of one day owning this bass (which incidentally hadn't been made yet).

Throughout his teen years Stevie continued his piano lessons, and after high school entered Edinburgh University's prestigious music faculty - renowned for its rigorous theory-based program, cultivation of students' compositions, and compulsory 6:00 a.m. cross-country runs followed by cold showers before classes. (This last point may not be strictly true.) During his four years in the faculty, Stevie intensively studied harmony, counterpoint, analysis, orchestration, aesthetics, history and performance. In his final year he majored in composition under Nigel Osborne and Peter Nelson.

While at university in Edinburgh, Stevie took private jazz guitar lessons with Haftor Medboe, but gradually began to gravitate more toward the bass, and while still a student, bought his first (5-string) bass.

After graduating with honors and winning the music faculty's Fraser Scholarship, Stevie spent a postgraduate year studying composition at The Royal Conservatory of Music (Koninklijk Conservatorium) in The Hague, Holland, under Gilius van Bergeijk. During his time in Holland, he composed several large-scale works and was active as a live performer on the piano, bass and guitar.

Upon returning to the U.K., Stevie moved to London where his sight-reading skills and fluid technique helped find him ample live and recording work on the bass, including radio, TV and theatre sessions. He also worked with musicians from bands as diverse as Level 42 and The Beta Band.

While supporting himself as a musician in London, Stevie went back to school again, this time to London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he studied Japanese and Japanese music. During his time here he learned to play the shamisen and various Japanese drums under the tutelage of David Hughes.  As part of this program, Stevie spent a year at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he studied Japanese language and music.

After moving to Japan, Stevie has worked in a diverse range of genres, where he is a regular performer.

Stevie is also a regular contributor to Bass Player magazine and the Japanese publication Bass Magazine.