Steven Daverson (Northampton, UK, 1985) is an alumnus of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and the Royal College of Music, London, studying under David Horne, Jonathan Cole and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He also attended the Britten-Pears Young Artists course in Aldeburgh as well as the Summer Courses in Darmstadt, the Impuls Academy in Graz, and IRCAM in Paris, receiving tuition from Pierluigi Billone, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Oliver Knussen, Magnus Lindberg, Brice Pauset, Enno Poppe, and Rebecca Saunders, among others.
Steven’s work has been featured at festivals across the UK and Europe, including the Aldeburgh Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Music of Today, Traiettoria Parma and the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik; performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, BBC Singers, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche, Klangforum Wien, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Moscow Studio for New Music, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, SWR, NDR, Hessischer Rundfunk and Bayerischer Rundfunk. A CD of his chamber and ensemble music, Shadow Walker, is available on the Col Legno label.
In 2011, Steven became the youngest-ever recipient of the Composer’s prize of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, one of the most prestigious prizes in contemporary music. He was also the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composer’s Prize for 2011 and the Fifth Jurgenson Composition Competition in 2010. In 2019-20, he was a fellow of the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg.
Recent projects include a revised version Arkanar: A Report from the Interior for microtonal tuba and live electronics, performed at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse in 2018 with its UK première in 2019. Current projects include La Nitroglycérine des Lumières for saxophone, piano, percussion, piano, devices and live electronics for Ensemble Nikel, commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the PRSF Composers’ Fund, and Figures Outside a Dacha, with Sunrise for piano solo, for Nicolas Hodges.
Steven teaches composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and in the music faculty at the University of Cambridge.