Stephen Webb

United States native Stephen Webb is a composer and interdisciplinary artist based in Helsinki, Finland. His work explores surreal abstraction, placing materials outside of their assumed past, present and future. Through a variety of genres, Webb creates sardonic and melancholic worlds that distort expectation, leaving audiences in soundscapes vaguely familiar to them.

Recent compositional works have been written for the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Chamber Choir, K!ART Ensemble, and the Defunensemble. Upcoming premieres include those for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Imber Quartet.

He has exhibited at the Sounding Now Festival (Singapore), the 1646 Project Space (Hague), and the New Blood Performance Festival (Chicago). In 2021, his collaborative monologue opera Angels, Instead was invited to show at the Rupert Centre as part of the curatorial program for the 14th Baltic Triennial (Vilnius.)

Other Artistic collaborations have included interdisciplinary dance work Performing Perception with the Cite Collective and as a sculptor for Iskuin (Flow Festival).

Webb is currently a producer of the Cosmopolite Music Project, which seeks to find and commission music from diverse and underrepresented composers. As of 2022, he also serves as the Finnish treasurer for the Ung Nordisk Musik Festival.

Webb holds degrees in composition from the Sibelius Academy and the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has also pursued studies in live art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki.

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