Stephen Deutsch was born in New York and moved to the UK in 1970, becoming a naturalised citizen in 1978. He was trained as a pianist and composer, spending the first part of his career composing music for concert hall, theatre, television and film. He has been a lecturer in film sound and music, and has edited a journal on that subject, The Soundtrack, and later The New Soundtrack. His first novel, Zweck, a historical comedy about music, was published in 2016. He is the co-author of a coming book Listening to the Film: A Practical Philosophy of Film Sound and Music. He has written plays for television, broadcast on the BBC. For 25 years he composed the music for all stage, film and TV works of the playwright Peter Barnes.
His most recent novel, Champion was published by Unicorn in July 2020