Stephen Duro (b. Southampton 1939) studied at the Royal College of Music where his principal teachers were George Thalben-Ball (Organ), Frank Merrick (Piano) and Herbert Howells (Composition). In his second year he won the 1st prize for solo organ playing and in the following year (1959) went to Cambridge where he read for a Music Degree. In 1962 a Downbeat Magazine scholarship took him to Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass., USA where in addition to studying jazz (1962-63) he also taught the piano. Returning to England in 1966 he became Music Editor for Chappell & Co. Ltd. (1967-1970).
As a classical performer he has given frequent organ recitals in the USA, France and England and in 1980 participated in the Flor Peeters' Master Class held in Mechelen, Belgium. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Currently, Stephen divides his time between teaching, performing, arranging and composing.