About

Alex Stephenson (b. 1990) is a composer currently 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.

The recipient of a US-UK Fulbright scholarship and composition fellowships from Tanglewood, Royaumont, and the Composers Conference, Alex has enjoyed collaborations with soloists and ensembles throughout the United States and in Europe. His music has been programmed and/or commissioned by Fondation Royaumont, 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 many others. Alex has been artist-in-residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Marble House Project.

Alex earned degrees from the University of Chicago, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Eastman School of Music before entering the Ph.D. program in composition at the University of California, San Diego in 2017. His teachers include Julian Anderson, Robert Morris, and Oliver Schneller.

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