Steve Holt was born in Montreal and starting to play piano at the age of four. Self-taught, he began his professional career at the age of seventeen playing the clubs in and around Montreal. Since that time Steve has built an international reputation having worked with, among others, Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, James Moody, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Michel Urbaniak.
In 1981 Steve graduated McGill University Faculty of Music, receiving that institution’s first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance. During this period he travelled regularly to New York to study piano with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron. Also in 1981, Steve was appointed to McGill's Faculty of Music as instructor of Jazz improvisation. In 1983 he released his debut album which was nominated for a JUNO award. During the next several years, Steve played the Montreal Jazz circuit, taking time out to participate in many of Canada's Jazz festivals, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, performing at Place des Arts.
In 1987 he moved to Toronto where he recorded two more important jazz CDs for the Sackville label, and in 2002 recorded his first CD as a vocalist/pianist/keyboardist. During the latter half of 1988, he was leader of the house trio at Toronto's Barrister's Bar, performing with some of the most illustrious names in Canadian Jazz, including Pat LaBarbera, Sam Noto, and P.J. Perry. Steve currently lives and works in Trent Hills.