Steven Berryman is a composer and teacher working and living in London. He is currently completing his PhD in Composition at Cardiff University (2011). After being awarded a first-class honours degree in Music and the John Morgan Lloyd Scholarship Award from Cardiff University his studies continued at Royal Holloway (London).
In 2004 Steven was awarded a MMus in Advanced Musical Studies and his composition teachers included Simon Holt and Phillip Cashion. His PhD composition teachers have included Anthony Powers, Judith Weir and Arlene Sierra and he continues to study the piano with Kenneth van Barthold.
Much of Steven's music has been performed by his fellow students, and by professional visiting ensembles in workshops and concerts. Notable performances include a movement from his String Quartet by the Elysian Quartet (Dartington International Summer School, Advanced Composition Course with David Matthews in 2005) and more recently a commission by the South West Music School, "Wandered Mind" for nine players (October 2010). Steven's orchestral piece 'Cypher' (2010) was selected by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for performance in their Welsh Composers Showcase and was performed by the orchestra on the 18th February 2011, conducted by Jan Van Steen at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay. David Knotts will premiere the piano piece 'Brightly Illuminated, vividly seen...' in Portugal in July.
Steven is very passionate about music education. He has taught since 2004 and is currently the Assistant Director of Music at North London Collegiate School and teaches composition and supporting studies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. Steven has attended a huge variety of courses to develop his practice (including Guildhall School of Music and Drama 'Connect' programme and Association of British Choral Directors Conducting Course) and continues to revel in the education of young musicians. Recent projects include a partnership with QE Boys, Barnet and North London Collegiate School exploring Opera. Steven has been an Examiner and Moderator for A-level Music and more recently has written book reviews for Rhinegold Publishing's 'Classroom Music'.