Stephen James Webb

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        United States native Stephen Webb is a composer and artist currently based in Helsinki, Finland. He has been active in both the concert and gallery settings, staging works in various venues such as Chicago’s New Blood Performance Festival and the Sounding Now Festival in Singapore. As a composer, he has worked with ensembles such as the Finnish Radio Symphony OrchestraSinfonia Lahti, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Zodiac Trio and the Defunensemble. Artistic collaborations have included interdisciplinary dance work Performing Perception (Aalto Stage, 2020) as a sound designer and as a sculptor for Iskuin (Flow Festival, 2016.)

In 2020, he opened his collaborative monologue opera Radical Angels at the 1646 Project Space in the Hague, Netherlands. Other recent premieres have taken place at the Kitara Nova Music Festival, Helsinki Music Centre, and the Sibelius Hall.  

Webb is currently a co-producer of the Cosmopolite Music project organized in collaboration with the US-based Bowery Trio. The project seeks to find and commission composers from diverse backgrounds to feature at free and accessible audience-centered concerts.

Stephen holds a Master of Music in composition from the Sibelius Academy and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has also completed course work in live art and performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. As a researcher, Webb was the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation to research the state of contemporary music in Finland as part of the country's centennial celebration of independence.

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