Chicago area composer James Stephenson’s works have been performed by leading American orchestras and hailed by critics as having “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds.”
His music incorporates a fresh and energizing sound scape that delights the audience while maintaining integrity and worthwhile challenges for the performing musicians. This rare combination has rewarded Stephenson with a host of ongoing commissions and projects.
Recent collaborations include a concerto for Branford Marsalis with Rodney Mack; a work for the Houston Symphony; and a concerto for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal trombonist, Nitzan Haroz.
In 2010 and 2011, Stephenson premieres include a trumpet concerto in Sydney, Australia,
as well as concertos for flute and clarinet in Flordia and Ohio (Cleveland), respectively.
The 2011-2012 season will see the premiere of two new violin concertos, to be performed respectively by the Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vanska conducting, Jennifer Frautschi, violin) and the Rhode Island Philharmonic (Larry Rachleff with Alex Kerr).
Stephenson is also active in the concert band world, with premieres occurring at major venues such as the 2010 Midwest Clinic, and the 2011 ABA (American Bandmasters Association) convention with the US “President’s Own” Marine Band.
In the last ten years, Stephenson has contributed many new works to the brass repertoire. This would include 3 concertos for trumpet alone, a triple brass concerto (trpt., hrn. and trbn.), concertos for both trombone and tuba, sonatas for every instrument (except horn), chamber music, and recital pieces.
In all, he has written nearly 40 works (plus many arrangements) for brass for almost every solo or ensemble setting.
Many of these can be viewed or heard at www.stephensonmusic.com
To get free sheet music for trumpet and piano, send James an email. His contact details can be found at his website.