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.
He has been a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Académie Voix Nouvelles at Royaumont, and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, and has had work programmed and/or commissioned by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Royaumont Foundation, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Civitas Ensemble and, as a result of receiving the Brian M. Israel Prize, the Society for New Music, among others.
After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, Alex studied composition on a Fulbright scholarship with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He completed a master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he worked primarily with Oliver Schneller and Robert Morris, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of California San Diego, where his principal advisor is Rand Steiger.