Having received the inaugural Sony Music Foundation Award in 2000, Stephen undertook a Bachelor of Music at the University of New South Wales which he completed with 1st Class Honours in 2003. Following this, from 2004 to 2005 he studied at the Australian National Academy of Music. Returning to Sydney the following year, he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2010 the Friends Society of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra awarded him an overseas travel grant and in the same year he received The Ian Potter Trust Foundation Study Grant, together these funded studies at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz.
Stephen has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2006. His orchestral training was provided by the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist Program. He has played as a casual musician with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, Orchestra Victoria, Victorian Opera, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to section playing, Stephen has performed principal roles with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Victorian Opera. He is also a founding member of the Melbourne Ensemble.
He has tutored many emerging orchestral musicians through the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s AYO Fellowship Program, Australian National Academy of Music, Monash University, Melbourne University and the Border Music Camp.
He also enjoys composing, arranging and singing while playing the bass. His Pictures from Brueghel was premiered at the 2016 Metropolis Modern Music Festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Recent compositions include Erster Verlust, a work dedicated to his late teacher Richard Gill, and Suite for Solo Double Bass.
In 2020, Stephen will be performing as tenor soloist in Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In addition to this, along with his colleagues in the Melbourne Ensemble, he will be presenting three new world premiers of septet music written for the ensemble.