Stephen Montague was born (1943 NY) and educated in the USA (Florida State and Ohio State Universities) coming to Europe first as a Fulbright Scholar (Warsaw, Poland, 1972-74), then to London where he began work with the Strider Dance Company (Richard Alston et al) 1974-76. Since that time he has worked as a freelance composer, conductor, and pianist based in London but touring world-wide.
Commissions include works for the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, 3 works for the BBC Proms, Southbank Centre/Barbican Centre Berlin Philharmonic Residency, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Merce Cunningham Dance Co. (NYC), Lucinda Childs Dance Co. (NYC), Danish Ballet, The Washington Ballet (USA), Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Dance Advance, Northern Ballet Theatre (UK), and Birmingham Royal Ballet, Smith Quartet, Ensemble Bash, Evelyn Glennie, and pianists Stephen Kovacevich, Marc Andre Hamelin and Joanna MacGregor. He was the 1988 winner of The London Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Music, UK.As a performer he has worked with many of the 20th Century’s outstanding composers including John Cage, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He has directed 12 John Cage Musicircuses most recently at English National Opera for the Cage Centennial with 387 performers. In addition to his musical activities he is an avid bicyclist and the former Florida State JCTennis Champion.