Alex Stephenson (b. 1990, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is a composer currently based in Southern California. His music stems from a deep-rooted lyrical impulse and a desire to engage in dialogue with other forms of artistic expression and aspects of human experience. He has created work in a variety of acoustic, electroacoustic, and interdisciplinary contexts and seeks out forms that give rise to a sense of uncanny logic and urgent communication.
His music has been presented at major festivals including Tanglewood, Royaumont, the Composers Conference, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, with recent and upcoming performances including those by the New Fromm Players, Flux Quartet, Ensemble Voix Nouvelles under Pierre-André Valade, Society for New Music, Ensemble Multilatérale, and many colleagues and collaborators at UC San Diego. He has been an artist-in-residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Marble House Project.
Alex’s principal teachers include Julian Anderson, Robert Morris, Oliver Schneller, and Rand Steiger. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago; the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was a Fulbright scholar; and the Eastman School of Music. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of California, San Diego.