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Stephen Stanfield (1966-2011) : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Author's notes #1 : chamber ensemble by Stephen Stanfield, from the CD Smoke encrypted whispers

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Stephen Stanfield (1966-2011) was a Brisbane-based composer and music educator with a broad interest in art and popular music. In the early 21st century he concentrated on electroacoustic and acousmatic composition presented in surround sound performance and listening environments. He undertook his composition training at the Queensland Conservatorium with Gerard Brophy, Mary Mageau and Richard Mills, and music education training at Queensland University of Technology. Stanfield was awarded a Master of Music in Composition from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2000, and undertook Doctoral studies in Composition at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Stanfield was a recipient of prizes and honorary mentions in the Spivakovsky Prize for Composition, the 1995 ABC Concerts Composers Competition, and the Ladislav Kubik International Prize in Composition, and received funding for commissions from Arts Queensland, the Australia Council and Festivals Australia. His compositions have been performed and broadcast in Australia, New Zealand, Holland and New York and included on education CDs produced by the Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras (into the storm) and the Southern Cross Soloists (are you there?).

Stanfield worked as composer, convener and music director for community and personal projects included in the 2003 and 2001 Queensland Biennial Festival of Music (St Mary's Mass We Choose, Critical Mass), the 2000 Brisbane Festival (Symbitronic Ensemble), the 1999 Queensland Biennial Festival of Music (Concert-on-Bicycles, First Light Breakfasts), and the 1997 Mackay Festival of Arts (Son et Luminare). He also coordinated the 1996 Queensland Composers' Conference and the 1997 Pan-Pacific Composers' Conference in Mackay. In 2005, he was assistant music director for the Queensland Music Festival's Australian premiere of Credo: Innocence of God composed and conducted by Andreas Molino.

Stanfield was engaged as composer and surround sound designer for interdisciplinary site-specific collaborations with Queensland visual artist Jonde Keane, choreographers Vanessa Mafe and Cheryl Stock, and Singaporean choreographer Jeffrey Tan. He appeared as guest lecturer in composition and music technology at secondary schools in Brisbane and Mackay, and lectured in composition, contextual music studies, and music technology at Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, and Queensland University of Technology.

Stephen Stanfield passed away on 13 September 2011.

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Author's notes #1 : chamber ensemble Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series