Stephen has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Griffith University, Brisbane, for his thesis "Behind the Text, Beyond the Sound: Investigations into Processes of Creative Musical Interpretation".

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During a return visit to the Wuhan Conservatory, P R China, Stephen was appointed Visiting Professor.

He has made presentations at major conferences in 2009, The Reflective Conservatoire (Guildhall School of Music, London) and The Performer's Voice (National University of Singapore).

Recital performances in 2009 have included appearances in Australia, China and the UK.

In 2009, he has appeared as Visiting Artist at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, and the Wuhan Conservatory. He continues his association with the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, in Brisbane.

In 2012 he once again made his annual appearance as Visiting Artist to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and will teach and perform in Sydney and Brisbane, following his last visit to the NSW Conservatorium and Queensland Conservatorium in 2010