Stephen Barchan (b.1982) studied composition with Richard Steinitz and Edwin Roxburgh, supported by the EMI Music Sound Foundation.
Amongst the organisations who have presented his music are Aldeburgh Music, BBC, Colourscape, LSO Discovery, Park Lane Group, Sounds New and Soundwaves Festivals at venues including Cineworld (Shaftesbury Avenue), Club Inégales, LSO St Lukes, Snape Maltings, Southbank Centre and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. Performances of his work have been given by Contemporary Consort, Endymion, Galliard Ensemble (former BBC New Generation Artists), Jane's Minstrels, London Sinfonietta and Psappha, along with individual performances by David Purser, Jane Manning and Peter Donohoe.
As a music copyist he has completed projects for Boosey & Hawkes, Boydell & Brewer, Faber Music, Schott Music and United Music Publishers, along with individual projects for Anthony Payne (BBC Philharmonic, Cheltenham Festival and London Sinfonietta commissions), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Tempo music magazine. His transcription of Five Miniatures by Howard Skempton (a suite of miniatures originally written for solo accordion, transcribed for ensemble) is published by Oxford University Press.
Recent projects have included commissions from Eye Music/Rawsthorn Fund, ensemble Musitonik, North London Collegiate School, Thursday Film Ltd. and a commission to write additional music for the television show The Fast Lane, broadcast in over thirty countries by Motors TV. In 2009 he was commissioned to write the score for the feature film A Closed Book (premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and based on the novel A Closed Book by Gilbert Adair, published by Faber and Faber) directed by Raoul Ruiz and starring Daryl Hannah, Tom Conti, Miriam Margoyles and Elaine Paige. Since 2011, he has served as Chairman for the Composers Forum hosted by the London New Wind Festival.
During January 2012 he was featured artist of the month on the Dutch radio programme Dissonant (broadcast by RTV-Arnhem) and in July 2012 he was a featured composer at the King's Lynn Festival. In August 2012, he was a BBC After 2 guest for BBC Radio Tees. During 2013 he participated in the Aldeburgh English Song project, where his piece How Doth The Little Crocodile received a performance at the Aldeburgh Festival. Projects for 2015 include new pieces for violinist Irmina Trynkos and pianist Julia Samojlo, along with a new solo piece for bass clarinettist Scott Lygate.