Born in Bologna, Italy, Stefano started playing the violin at the age of five. He studied in Ferrara then continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Remus Azoitei, where he was awarded a DipRAM and the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize for notable contributions to chamber music. Whilst at the Academy he found the Fitzroy Quartet, award-winning ensemble that he led until 2019. With the Fitzroys Stefano performed in France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Germany and around the UK, appearing on BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" and giving recitals at Wigmore Hall and St Martin in the Fields. The quartet was awarded the Beethoven Prize at the 2017 International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition, the 2018 Tunnell Trust Award and the first prize at the 2015 Cavatina Intercollegiate Competition. They studied with Oliver Wille at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and with Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet, and received tuition through ProQuartet (France) and Dimore del Quartetto (Italy).
Before joining the CBSO, Stefano has been busy working as a freelancer with the English Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra. Stefano's other interests include cooking, reading and scuba diving.