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.
Festivals, workshops, and concert series that have featured Alex’s music 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 held artist residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Marble House Project and enjoyed collaborations with Civitas Ensemble, Ensemble Multilatérale, Kokoro, OSSIA New Music, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, Wei-Han Wu, and many others. 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 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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