Stevan was born in San Diego, CA, where he developed a passion for music at a young age. He had a knack for learning new instruments, picking up piano, trombone, bassoon, drums, bass, marimba, and more. He had many early musical opportunities while attending Mount Carmel High School, including marching in the Rose Parade, and performing at the National Concert Band Festival.
In 2008 after graduating, he went to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in Long Beach, CA, studying percussion performance. While in college, Stevan deepened his love for melodic percussion, specializing in marimba and steel pan. It was here that he first heard of and met the local steel pan builder, Dave Beery, owner of Dave’s Island Instruments, and his future boss and mentor.
In 2013, Stevan began working for Dave, and it was here he was first introduced to the handpan. Dave had just started producing his own line of handpans, and Stevan was instantly hooked! In no time, he was completely engrossed in all things handpan. He spent the next 2 years learning to build and tune handpans from Dave, while also traveling throughout the US and Europe performing extensively.
In the summer of 2015, Stevan started his own handpan building project, known as Hamsa Handpans. His shop is located in downtown Los Angeles, CA. He has an unending passion towards these instruments, and has dedicated his life to furthering the art form as both an up and coming performer and builder of handpans.