Born in 1982, Stephen Barchan studied composition with Richard Steinitz at the University of Huddersfield, where he was awarded the J Wood and Sons Prize, and Edwin Roxburgh at Birmingham Conservatoire, supported by the EMI Music Sound Foundation and graduating from the MMus course with Distinction in 2006. He was awarded two scholarships by OCNM to attend seminars given by Louis Andriessen, Tristan Murail and Rebecca Saunders at Ostrava Days 2003 and 2005.
Performances and broadcasts of his work have been given by Aldeburgh Music, BBC Radio, BCMG, Christopher Redgate, Club Inégales, David Purser, Endymion, Jane Manning, Jane's Minstrels, Juice Vocal Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, LSO Discovery, Park Lane Group, Peter Donohoe, Psappha, Riot Ensemble, RTV Arnhem, Sounds Positive, SPNM and Tête à Tête.
After graduating from music college he worked as a freelance music typesetter and proofreader for Boosey & Hawkes, Faber Music, OUP, Schott Music and UMP, alongside typesetting new works by composers Richard Causton, Joe Cutler and Anthony Payne.
From 2010-11 he was a member of the London Sinfonietta Collective and a Britten Pears Young Artist from 2012-13. During 2011-14 he served as Chair of the Composers Forum for London New Wind Festival.
Recent activities have included a research presentation on a current work-in-progress for brass and percussion, A Fantasy on a Fanfare, for the Royal Musical Association, plus a new work for solo alto flute, To Autumn, written for Lior Eitan - Principal Piccolo of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently lives in London, where he has taught composition, musicianship and music theory privately since 2012.