Biography

American composer Seth Stewart holds advanced degrees in both the United States and Europe (Université de Lyon, MM Film and Multimedia Scoring 2013; University of Oregon, MM 2011). Under the auspices of commissioning organizations such as New Music USA and the Barlow Endowment, his compositions have received international recognition in various genres, including orchestral, chamber, choral, and film scoring. His concert and film music has been featured in over 40 festivals spanning 17 countries, including Panam Anim Festival (Paris) (first prize), Aniwow! 2013 (Beijing) (Bai Yan Award), Arles Soirée Supinfocom (Arles) (Grand Prize), Paris International Animation Film Festival Croq’Anime (nominee: Best Musical Score), 2013 Show of Shows (DreamWorks, Pixar, Sony Studios, CA)KDIAF Festival (Taipei), and Etiuda & Anima (Krakow).

Recent projects include commissions and performances from L’Orchestre de Fourvière (France), Revalia Male Chamber Choir (Estonia), Ivana Grahovac (Serbia), Convergence vocal ensemble (Austin), Canyonlands New Music Ensemble (Salt Lake City), Portland Vocal Consort, Ars Nova, Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta, ECCE, and TaiHei Ensemble among others.

As artistic director and conductor of the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (2010-2012), he commissioned and premiered over 30 new works by young composers from the United States, Europe, and Asia. He programmed seven concert programs over two full seasons, many of which performances were featured in contemporary music festivals such as the Music Today Festival and Vanguard Concert Series. He served as President of the Committee for Musical Arts at the University of Oregon (2009-2012), and was Assistant Director of the Pacific Rim Gamelan (2011).

Also a proficient copyist, he worked for five-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Conspirare to prepare the 150-page score (and parts) for Robert Kyr’s new version of Samuel Barber’s The Lovers. The resulting recording was released in 2012 on the Harmonia Mundi label, and the score is set for publication by G. Schirmer, Inc. 

He holds masters degrees from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France) (M2 Pro, 2013) and the University of Oregon (MM 2011), where he worked as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the composition department. He also graduated with high honors in composition from the University of Utah (BMus 2008). His primary composition teachers have included Jean-Marc SerreDavid Crumb, Robert Kyr, Morris Rosenzweig, Miguel Chuaqui, and Steve Roens. He has studied in workshop settings with Steven Stucky, John Harbison, Tristan Murail, Lee Hyla, Augusta Read Thomas, Mario Davidovsky, and Yehudi Wyner.

He recently completed the Musiques Appliquées Aux Arts Visuels graduate professional program at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, where he was involved in audio-visuel collaborations with film and animation artists in several major European cities (Paris, Bordeaux, Belgrade, Cologne, etc.). While in Lyon, he also served as a Rhône-Alpes Young Ambassador, and was a finalist for the 2013 Young Ambassadors international grant award.

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