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Stephen comes from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK.  He read music at Selwyn College, Cambridge where he was a member of the Instrumental Awards Scheme and winner of the Williamson Prize for musical performance.  He then studied modern violin with Howard Davis and baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen as a postgraduate performance and research student at the Royal Academy of Music, London.  At the Academy he was recipient of a Music Sound Foundation EMI award and winner of the Bickerdike Allen and Nancy Nuttall prizes for early music.


In 2008 he became a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra and has since built up a successful freelance career having performed in over thirty countries and appeared with most of the UK’s leading period-instrument orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, English Concert, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Dunedin Consort, Hanover Band, King's Consort, Ex Cathedra, and La Nuova Musica.


Also much in demand as a chamber musician, Stephen has performed with The Bach Players and Oxford Baroque, whilst his own group Les Mélomanes were finalists at the 2013 York Early Music Competition, have appeared at major festivals in London, Brighton, Halle, and Utrecht, and have played live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and Early Music Show.


Stephen has been invited to lead several groups including Charivari Agréable (in recordings for Signum Records) and the International Baroque Players.  He has also performed on baroque viola, violino piccolo and - with the London Mozart Players and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - viola d'amore.


He was made Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2018, awarded to former students of the Academy who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.