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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, BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM. 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 and violinists Fiona Monbet and Eloisa-Fleur Thom. 

She has collaborated with theatre companies La Raffinerie, L'Éventuel Hérisson Bleu and FellSwoop Theatre, made music for films by Julia Hart and Scott Vickers, and worked as arranger for songwriters and bands including Daughter, James Righton, NZCA LINES and Evergreen. With the Berlin-based ensemble s t a r g a z e she created new arrangements for the BBC Davd Bowie Prom in 2016 and also contributed to their concerts with Lisa Hannigan in 2018. She 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)