An Australian citizen, but born in Amsterdam to a family of musicians, Steven Retallick moved to London at an early age and was educated in the UK at the Purcell School, a specialist music school. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing his cello studies with Professor Stefan Popov.
Orchestras he has worked with professionally include in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias and the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain. In Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the USA with Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Thailand with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Australia with Opera Australia and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Ireland with the Ulster Orchestra and the UK with the LSO and the Philharmonia. He has guested as Principal with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Since 1998, Steve has worked for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Principal. He has performed two solo concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; the concerto for cello by Gavin Bryars conducted by Kevin Field; and Snapshots, a commissioned work for cello and orchestra by Malaysian composer Adeline Wong, also conducted by Kevin Field.
Steve has been teaching steadily for the last 30 years of his career, with students in the United States, Hong Kong, and of course Malaysia. His students have had great success, many going on to pursue tertiary education at reputable conservatories around the world, and one even joining him in the cello section of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. More recently, he has been travelling to the Philippines to train young musicians there in orchestral practices, as well as in 1 on 1 lessons.