Alex Stephenson (b. 1990, Philadelphia, PA, USA) is a composer based in Southern California. His work combines a deep-rooted lyrical sensibility with rhythmic vitality, lucid harmonic and timbral palettes, and dialogue with other forms of artistic expression and aspects of human experience.
Alex’s music has been performed internationally by many soloists and ensembles, with recent seasons featuring collaborations with Civitas Ensemble, Ensemble Multilatérale, Kokoro, EXAUDI, Plus-Minus, OSSIA New Music, Wei-Han Wu, and several others. He is the recipient of the Brian M. Israel Prize, US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, finalist designations in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and BMI Student Composer Awards, and the Belle S. Gitelman Award and Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize from the Eastman School of Music.
Festivals, workshops, and concert series that have presented Alex’s work include Voix Nouvelles at Royaumont, Composers Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Society for New Music, New Music on the Point, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Composers’ Day. He has also held artist residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Marble House Project. Upcoming engagements include a composition fellowship at the 2018 Tanglewood Music Center and the premiere of a new work for ensemble commissioned by Fondation Royaumont.
Alex holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. He studied with Julian Anderson as a Fulbright scholar at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and then completed a master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Oliver Schneller, Robert Morris, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and taught composition and electronic music. In 2017, Alex entered the Ph.D. program in composition at the University of California, San Diego.
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