Since his first piano lessons at the age of 7, Stéphane Orlando has been composing and improvising music. He began studying at the Royal Conservatory of Mons (Conservatoire Royal de Mons) at the age of 15. After having studied piano, music writing and analysis, he won first prizes in counterpoint and then fugue at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel). During this period, he also studied musicology at the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
In November of 2001, he became an improviser at the Royal Film Archive of Belgium (Cinematek), providing accompaniment for over 500 silent films.
Former President of the Belgian Society for Musical Analysis and President of the Belgian Composers Forum, he is also one of the creators of the BSCG, the Belgian Screen Composers Guild.
Stéphane Orlando divides his time between music composition, his improvised concerts, and the teaching of composition, improvisation, piano, music history and computer music.