Born in Zambia in 1972, Stephen Muir gained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music from Birmingham University, specialising in singing and percussion at Birmingham Conservatoire, and studying conducting under George Hurst at Canford. As Associate Professor in Music at the University of Leeds, his research focuses on 19th-century Russian music, and Jewish liturgical music in the diaspora, particularly Southern Africa.
From 2014 to 2018 he was Principal Investigator for the £1.8m AHRC-funded international project Performing the Jewish Archive (ptja.leeds.ac.uk), resulting in performances in Sydney, Cape Town and Prague, and closer to home at London’s Wigmore Hall, and at the UK Parliament’s Holocaust Memorial Day Annual Commemoration.
He has worked extensively in the UK as a singer, percussionist and conductor, including recordings and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. With the Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Peter Holman he has sung the J. S. Bach Evangelist roles on several occasions, and recently appeared as timpanist for the debut of Leeds Baroque’s new hand-crafted kettle drums, alongside trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins. He is Assistant Director of The Clothworkers Consort of Leeds.