Originating from south Manchester, Stephen Balfour (b. 1997) is a composer whose work is often characterised by statements of linear material that manifest themselves into rotating textures, often harmonically strenuous in nature. Stephen’s music has been performed by Quatuor Diotima, Dark Inventions (cond. Christopher Leedham) and more recently, his clarinet trio received its world premiere from Huw Watkins, Mark Simpson and Zoë Martlew.


Upcoming projects include pieces for Royal Academy of Music Fellow Ensembles Echéa Quartet and Ibex Brass, as well as being commissioned by the Royal Academy to write a guitar duo for Saki Kato and Hugh Millington premiering in Autumn 2020.

Stephen interacted with music from an early age, beginning to learn the violin from the age of five, the trombone soon followed and the piano thereafter. From 2015 to 2018, Stephen studied Music at the University of York, where he worked on several creative projects under the tutelage of Prof. Roger Marsh and Prof. Thomas Simaku.

Since graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in July of 2018, Stephen has returned to further study in September 2019 and is currently completing his master’s in composition at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Prof. David Sawer as well as receiving tuition from Hans Abrahamsen, Elaine Gould, Philip Cashian and Christopher Austin.

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