Stephen Horne has long been considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. A house pianist at London’s BFI Southbank for 30 years, he has played at all the major UK venues and recorded music for many DVD releases of silent films. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates other instruments into his performances, sometimes simultaneously.
He regularly performs internationally, and in recent years his accompaniments have met acclaim at film festivals in Pordenone, Bologna, San Francisco, Telluride, Paris, Cannes, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Seoul, Istanbul, Berlin and Vienna.
In 2011 and 2012, Stephen was commissioned to compose ensemble scores for the London Film Festival Archive Galas of The First Born and The Manxman. In 2012, his accompaniment for Rotaie won the main prize at the Bonn Sommerkino Festival, while for six years, from 2014 to 2019, he has been named in the category Best Screening with a Single Accompanist in the Silent London end-of-year poll.