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Josephine Stephenson (b. 1990) is a French-British musician living in London.

"music to arrest the ears and stop the heart" (The Times)   

"exquisite" (The Guardian)

 

Described by Bachtrack as "a bewitching combination of dissonance and sweet-toned cantabile", Josephine's music has been commissioned by the BBC, Radio France, Wigmore Hall, Arcal Lyrique, Kings Place, Spitalfields Music, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia and Nonclassical among others, and broadcast on France Musique and BBC Radio 3. She has written for acclaimed ensembles and soloists including the London Sinfonietta, Aurora Orchestra, Miroirs Étendus, the Van Kuijk Quartet, the Ligeti Quartet, The Hermes Experiment, Explore Ensemble, the Maîtrise de Radio France, tenor Allan Clayton, gambist Liam Byrne, guitarist Laura Snowden and violinists Fiona Monbet and Eloisa-Fleur Thom.

She has collaborated with theatre companies L'Éventuel Hérisson Bleu and FellSwoop Theatre, made music for films by Scott Vickers and Julia Hart (winning 'Best Composer' at UnderWire Festival 2018), and worked as arranger for songwriters and bands including Daughter, James Righton, NZCA LINES and Evergreen. She also has a long-standing working relationship with the Berlin-based ensemble s t a r g a z e, collaborating on multiple projects from the David Bowie tribute Prom in 2016 to their 2020 (Not) Another Beethoven Cycle, and sometimes assists Oscar-winning film composer Dario Marianelli.

Josephine studied composition with Giles Swayne while an undergraduate at Clare College Cambridge, before completing a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music under Kenneth Hesketh, graduating with Distinction. She was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2015-16 and a London Sinfonietta 'Writing the Future' composer for 2017-19.

 

"eclectic, attractive sonic landscapes" (The Arts Desk)

"an assurance beyond her years" (Bachtrack)