is a UK-based composer. Currently writing his PhD under Richard Causton's supervision at Cambridge University, he also supervises undergraduates and teaches at the Royal Academy of Music's junior department. With his composition, Stephane questions the various social dynamics of performance, while his research is aimed at untangling the complex identity of contemporary music.
Crayton grew up in a musical family — his mother was a piano teacher and composer, though he found out about the latter only after he started composing seriously himself. While the composer was interested in York University, he was set on working with Richard Causton, who taught at Cambridge. There, Stephane completed his bachelor's, MPhil, and is now in the middle of his PhD.
Looking back at his education at the university, Stephane highlights that it was here that he found his passion for analysis. Talking about how he got into the field, the musician mentions Nicholas Marston, who taught an analysis class. "He had an incredible way of drawing everything together; he would often wait for the last five minutes to hit you with it", Crayton recounts. That feeling of being able to connect all of these seemingly disparate elements and in a moment unite them in a wonderful explosion was exciting.