Born in 1982, Stephen Barchan studied composition with Richard Steinitz and Edwin Roxburgh, supported by the EMI Music Sound Foundation. He attended the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, participating on the New Music New Media course and the Aldeburgh English Song Project. He also participated in the International Composer Pyramid and was a member of the London Sinfonietta Collective.
Amongst the organisations who have presented his music are Aldeburgh Music, BBC, LSO Discovery, Park Lane Group, Sounds New and Soundwaves Festival at venues including Cineworld (Shaftesbury Avenue), LSO St Lukes, Snape Maltings, Southbank Centre and Carnegie Hall. Performances of his work have been given by BCMG, Contemporary Consort, Endymion, Galliard Ensemble, Jane’s Minstrels, London Sinfonietta and Psappha.
During January 2012 he was featured artist of the month on the Dutch radio programme Dissonant (broadcast by RTV-Arnhem) and was also a featured composer at the King’s Lynn Festival in the same year. From 2011–2014 he served as Chairman of the Composers’ Forum hosted by the London New Wind Festival.
Recent works include Two Songs about Spiders for the soprano Jane Manning and Rising from the Depths, commissioned by the clarinettist Scott Lygate, along with Six Pieces for Children – an orchestration for wind quintet of six short piano pieces from For Children by Béla Bartók. Upcoming projects include Changing Seasons for tenor and piano, plus a new work for Lior Eitan (Principal Piccolo, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra).
(photo: Malcolm Crowthers)