STEPHEN BEVILLE - BIOGRAPHY

Acclaimed in 2010 as 'one of the most talented young musicians to emerge

 

from the UK' (Frankfurt Neue Press), Stephen Beville started to play the piano and

 

compose at the age of eleven. As pianist, Beville made is 'concerto debut' while

 

still at school and has gone on to perform with orchestras such as the Baden

 

Philharmonie.

 

From 1989-94, he attended the Royal Academy of Music (Junior Academy)

 

learning piano, composition and conducting. Having won a Yamaha

 

scholarship, he then read Music at the Universities of York and Huddersfield

 

and studied piano with Peter Katin. He graduated in 1998 with First Class

 

Honours and was awarded the Wilfred Mellers prize and the Rodwell Prize.

 

Beville continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where ​he was awarded the Postgraduate

 

Diploma and Mmus for performance and composition, as well as the Professional Performance Diploma with

 

Distinction - the highest accolade of the RNCM. Beville has won scholarships for piano and composition and

 

was the recipient of the Lucy Pierce Award. He performed with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Chamber

 

Orchestra and New Ensemble in a range of music, not least his own work.

 

In 2001, Beville won a DAAD scholarship to study composition at the Staadt Hochschule fur Musik, Karlsruhe.

 

There he obtained two Konzertexamens for performance and composition with highest marks. In addition he

 

received a scholarship from the Heinrich Strobel Foundation (Freiburg) to support his studies where he

 

explored possibilities of live instrumental performance with electronic resources available at the computer

 

studio. This resulted in compositions with piano such as The Echoing Sky,  the Michelangelo

 

Pieces and Fashionism - Scenes of Youth  for piano, electric guitar, percussion and electronics.

 

 

Beville's music has been performed in such venues as the RAM, British Music Information Centre, The

 

Barbican, Kings College (London), the RNCM, Exeter Cathedral , the ZKM (Centre for Art and Media), HFG, Insel

 

Theatre (Karslruhe) and the BKA Theatre (Berlin); under such conductors as Martyn Brabbins, Andre de

 

Ridder and Ivor Settersfield. The early Chamber Concerto was selected by the Society for the Promotion of

 

New Music and received performances from the Manson Ensemble and Music Projects - London. Other pieces

 

that have been shortlisted by the SPNM include Ballade for Eight Players, Epicycle and Purgatory Pieces.

 

Epicycle  was first performed by the RNCM New Ensemble  before being revised for its German premiere by

 

the Badische Staadtskapelle in 2004. Recent works include  Kyrie (2020) and Every Man (2022)  for chorus and

 

orchestra - the latter a setting of words by the painter Wassily Kandinsky.  In 2011, a first volume of Beville's

 

music was published by Simon-Velag fur Bibliothekwissen, Berlin.

 

As soloist, Beville has given recitals throughout Britain and Germany, his performances receiving some 

 

out​standing reviews. He has participated in international festivals such as  Media-Mix 96, the Huddersfield

 

Contemporary  Music festival, RNCM 'Glories of the Keyboard' and 'Amercian Reflections' festivals, the

 

'Klangriffe' festival of  New Music and the London New Wind festival. He has made recordings and given

 

interviews for SWR (South-West German Radio) and SW British radio stations.

 

In 2012, his debut release 'Stephen Beville in Karlsruhe' (comprising recordings of piano music by Beethoven,

 

Chopin, Schumann and Boulez) was released to critical acclaim on the Divine Art label. A new recording 'Visions

 

and Ventures' of music by J.S Bach, Prokofiev and Beethoven as recently been released on the same label.