Stefan Parkman studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He studied singing as well as choral conducting with Eric Ericson and orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula. He was director of the Boy’s Choir at Uppsala Cathedral from 1974 to 1988, and conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Chorus in Stockholm from 1985 to 1993. Since 1983 he has been conductor of the Uppsala Chamber Choir.
In 1988 Stefan Parkman was appointed chief conductor of the Danish National Radio Choir, having been a regular guest since 1983, and in 2002 he became chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir, Radiokören. He regularly conducts the Swedish Radio Choir, the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the BBC Singers, teaches choral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and gives master-classes in Scandinavia and elsewhere.