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Stephen Brown was born
in Nottingham, England, grew up in Montreal and Kitchener before moving to Toronto, where
he later attended the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Stephen is a composer, conductor and teacher. He is Faculty Head of Theory and
Composition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and a senior theory examination designer
for the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. His compositions include a symphony,
a piano concerto, two song cycles, two overtures, two suites for orchestra, a missa
brevis, and many chamber and solo works. He has taken a particular interest in
pedagogical works, writing five books of student pieces for piano, as well as, a book each
for violin and flute. His music is published by Berandol and Waterloo.
He has had many works performed at orchestral and solo concerts. Performances
include those by Erich Kunzel and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver and
Victoria Symphony Orchestras and the St. Cecilia Orchestra in Sidney, British Columbia, of
which he is the artistic director and conductor.
Besides his love of classical music, he takes an active interest in early jazz, playing
banjo with the Bastion Jazz Band. The band is a regular fixture on Sunday evenings,
at the Blethering Place in Victoria, British Columbia.