Originating from south Manchester, Stephen Balfour (b. 1997) is a composer whose work is often characterised by a natural sense of line and melody, complimented by a clear harmonic direction. The juxtaposition of musical material is also central to Stephen’s work, as multiple textures oscillate throughout his music. The resulting sonic landscape produces a soundworld that is sometimes organic and intense, whilst at other points more tranquil and meditative.
Stephen’s music has been performed/recorded by CHROMA, George Fu, Huw Watkins Mark Simpson and Zoë Martlew, Quatuor Diotima and Dark Inventions (cond. Christopher Leedham). More recently, his piano trio Alternate Canvas was recorded by Royal Academy of Music Fellow Ensemble Trio Mazzolini.
Upcoming projects include a mixed septet commission from the Royal Academy of Music, to mark Eleanor Alberga’s residency in June 2021. Stephen is currently completing his master’s in composition at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Prof. David Sawer as well as receiving additional tuition from; Hans Abrahamsen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Elaine Gould, Philip Cashian, Tansy Davies, Edmund Finnis and Christopher Austin.