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Stephen Montague

was born in Syracuse, New York in 1943, and grew up in West Virginia and Florida. He studied piano, conducting and composition at Florida State University, received a doctorate from Ohio State University in 1972, and won a Fulbright Scholarship to Poland where he worked in the Experimental Music Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, 1972-74. In 1974 he came to England first as a composer with the Strider Dance Company, then settled in London permanently as a freelance composer and pianist, and touring world-wide.
Stephen Montague's music has been described as a fusion of minimalism and romanticism; a further influence has been his advanced work in Computers and electronics which began at Ohio State and has continued through extended periods of work at Studios in Warsaw, Chent, Stanford, London, and Paris (IRCAM) to the creation of his own home studio in 1989. His compositions have been performed and broadcast world-wide, featuring in numerous international festivals. As a "virtuoso pianist" (New York Times), he has recorded for all major European networks, and performed at numerous places and festivals. In 1985, he formed the Duo Montague/Mead Piano Plus with Philip Mead. He also collaborates with Sculptor Maurice Agis providing multi-channel sound environments for Agis's giant inflatable sculptures Colourspace and Dreamspace. He was founder of Sonic Arts Network (UK) and is currently Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of New Music (UK). He is the winner of many awards for his compositions, and was recently appointed Associate Composer with the Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, London, for the 1995-96 season. During 1992 and 1995 he was a Guest Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and since 1993 has been Visiting Guest Professor at the Royal College of Music, London. In addition to his ventures as a composer, he enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, bicycling and, as a former Florida JC Tennis Champion, is still an active club tennis player in England.

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