STEPHEN BEVILLE - BIOGRAPHY

Acclaimed 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 his teachers included Benjamin

 

Frith for piano. ​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 with Wolfgang Rihm at the Staadt Hochschule

 

fur Musik, Karlsruhe. There he obtained two Konzertexamens for composition and performance 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 and Andre de

 

Ridder. 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 in 2000 before being revised for its German premiere by the Badische

 

Staadtskapelle in 2004. Recent worksinclude  Grand Partita  for Speaker and Orchestra (texts taken from

 

philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer).  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 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.

 

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.