Born in Ripon, Yorkshire, and studied with William Pleeth at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has been principal cello
with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the City of London Sinfonia
and was also a member of the Delme Quartet for ten years. He has
acted as guest principal cello with the London Symphony Orchestra
Stephen has wide experience of chamber music and often played the Schubert Quintet with the Chilingirian Quartet. In 1985 Stephen became principal cello with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and has played concertos with the orchestra. He is also a member of the Academy Chamber Ensemble, touring internationally and making numerous recordings. Stephen became cellist following the retirement of Philip de Groote in 2013.