Steven is a European composer based in the UK. His work is performed internationally at festivals including the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival, with leading ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Modern, and Nikel.
Arkanar: A Report from the Interior, a work for tuba and live electronics after Aleksei German's nightmarish film dystopia, Hard To Be A God. Commissioned by Jack Adler-McKean and first performed by him in Darmstadt in 2016, this live recording is from the UK Première at the RNCM in Manchester, in late 2019.
April 2020: Steven joins Naomi Belshaw Consultancy
Steven has started a partnership with Naomi Belshaw, who will be acting as his manager for projects and commissions. Naomi is familiar to anybody working in British music from previous roles at the PRS and PRS Foundation, and currently at WildKat PR.
December 2019: Unmögliche Räume - Impossible Spaces
German Musicologist Markus Böggemann has generously written a text on the techniques and preoccupations of Steven's current projects, which has been released in the journal MusikTheorie. Read more, and an accompanying text by Steven here.
April 2019: Villa Concordia
Steven will be resident at the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia for eleven months, thanks to the generosity and support of the Arts Ministry of the Free State of Bavaria and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. He will be one of six British and six German invited composers, writers, and visual artists.
A commissioned work for Ensemble Nikel, scored for saxophone, guitar, piano, percussion, and live electronics, taking inspiration from the Lumière Brothers' pioneering 1896 film Démolition d'un mur.
A new work for solo piano for Nicolas Hodges, which has given birth to a series of shorter pieces, Studies for Figures Outside a Dacha, both coming as a response to dreamlike sequences in Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia.
A co-commission from the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, again taking Tarkovsky's Nostalghia as a point of departure.