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Professor Stephen Montague

Professorial Staff - Composition


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Stephen Montague


Stephen is a composer, pianist and conductor born and educated in the USA but living in Europe since 1972 first as a Fulbright Scholar (Warsaw, Poland, 1972-74) then as a freelance musician based in London but touring worldwide. His music has been performed on major festivals here and abroad including the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Warsaw Autumn Festival, Paris Festival d’Automne, Venice Biennale, Bang on a Can (New York), and the Singapore and Hong Kong Festivals. His compositional interests cover a wide range and variety of genres from symphonic works, to music theatre and cutting edge experimental. He has worked with many of the world’s leading composers such as John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Steve Reich, Conlon Nancarrow and Astor Piazzolla.

* Conferred with the title of Professor in January 2017.

Qualifications/ Educational Background

  • Doctor of Music (Composition) Ohio State University 1972
  • MMus (Music Theory & Harmony) Florida State University, 1967
  • BM (piano) Florida State University, with Honors, 1965

Post-graduate work:

  • Stanford University, California 1983
  • Computer Music, IRCAM, Paris 1981
  • Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Experimental Music Studio, Polish Radio 1972-1974
  • Electronic Music, Dartmouth College (USA), 1972
  • Certificate in Conducting, Mozarteum, Austria, 1966

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor – Butler University, Indianapolis, 1967-69
  • Teaching Assistant – Ohio State University 1969-71
  • Guest Professor, Royal College of Music, 1988 – 89
  • Guest Professor, University of Texas-Austin, 1992, 1995, 2000
  • Guest Professor, University of New Zealand, 1997
  • Composer in Residence at Trinity College of Music in 2003 -04
  • Joined the Trinity composition staff in the autumn of 2004
  • Professor, Royal Academy of Music, 2007-09
  • Numerous workshops, seminars, new music projects, residencies world wide since 1974.

Creative Outputs

Important commissions have included the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, International Computer Association, National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Ballet, BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), TransAtlantic Arts Consortium, The Bath Festival, ISCM Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Belgian Radio, Warsaw Autumn and Stavanger Speculum Festival (Norway).

CDs of Montague’s works are available on NMC (UK), ASV, Continuum, Op 111, Signum and numerous other labels.

He has published over 50 articles in magazines and journal, and contributed 18 articles to The New Groves Dictionaries of Music.

His music is published by United Music Publishers, UK.

External Appointments

New Music Associate- Kettle’s Yard Art Gallery and Museum, University of Cambridge, 2010-2012 where he runs a monthly concert series.


International Piano Magazine Award: “Best New Music Piano Recording” (2006) for his CD Southern Lament (NMC)

British Composer Award Finalist, 2004

Fellowship of Leeds College of Music (FLeedsCM), 2004

Honorary Fellow- Trinity College of Music (Hon FTCL), 2001

Year of the Artist Award, 2000, UK

Distinguished Alumnus Award Ohio State University, 2000

Distinction in Computer Music, 1996 Ars ElectronicaPrix, Linz, Austria

Ernst von Dohnanyi Award for Musical Excellence, 1995

First Prize, 1994 Bourges International Competition for Electroacoustic Music, France

Winner, The London Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Music, 1988

Fulbright Fellow, Warsaw, 1972-1974