biography

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“My music speaks to people not only from the concert music world, but to creators and audiences across disciplines. Communicating to wider audiences is fundamentally important for me. It characterizes my musical and artistic style, including the way I present my music.”
“My work is not easily defined. I write music for the concert hall, for art galleries, and for unconventional spaces.”

Short Biography

Peter Vukmirovic Stevens is a composer, pianist and visual artist. His voice is distinct and instantly recognizable in music and art with works spanning from the concert hall to the art gallery.

Stevens studied composition with Bern Herbolsheimer at Cornish College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, he went on for further orchestration studies with Samuel Jones, former dean at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He also studied composition and piano performance with Bodhan Bubak in Prague, and Indian vocal music and composition in Varanasi, India.

In 2006, he co-founded the Seattle Pianist Collective, an innovative performance format, and served as the Artistic Director for six years.

In 2015, he was awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

In August 2017, he was given a one-month residency to compose new works for piano, and to present his works for solo cello, in concert, in Yerevan, Armenia.

In September 2017, he was awarded a two-month residency in 2019 at Visby International Centre for Composers in Visby, Sweden.

Stevens has two widely-released albums on Navona Records of his works,
August Ruins for cello and Feral Icons for viola. August Ruins spent many weeks in the Amazon top-100 in modern classical music. The album was submitted for a Grammy by Navona Records. In 2014, he had the honor of having a complete concert program of August Ruins performed at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts.

In winter on 2017, he will release a new album, Panacea – Three String Quartets featuring members of Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

In addition, his musical range extends into collaborations with electronic music artists. He wrote the piano suite, Nine Pieces for Piano and Buddha Machine with China-based electronic music duo, FM3. He is currently working with Switzerland-based artist Strotter Inst. for a vinyl album release of works for piano and prepared turntables.

Stevens presently resides in Paris.

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“Found object artists are artists who work with the flotsam and jetsam of the world, a coyote skeleton by the side of a lake, a car spring in an auto salvage yard.  Peter V. Stevens is a found artist of music.  In the pounding of a foundry or the pealing of a temple bell in Bhutan, he finds music that he then translates so that we can hear what he hears.  And what he hears is beautiful, so beautiful, in fact, that I rank him as one of the country’s best young composers.”

Samuel Jay Keyser 
                                                                                                                 – Professor Emeritus of Linguistics Phonology, Lexical Theory, Poetics at MIT

 

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