Stephen Upshaw, viola


Performance Highlights Spring / Summer 2017

3 May 2017 at 1930, Blackheath Halls Great Hall, London
Riot Ensemble
Soloist in Jonathan Harvey's Jublius

11 May 2017 at 2200, Aarhus
SPOR Festival Denmark
Performance of 'Voila, That's My Life', an hour long multi-media/ green screen/ amplified piece for viola by composer Jagoda Szmytka and digital programmer Yannick Hoffman.

6 June 2017 at 1900, The Warehouse, Waterloo, London

Listenpony: Stephen Upshaw + Magnard Ensemble + James Canty

New music from Oliver Leith, Cameron Dodds, Ewan Campbell, William Marsey, Freya Waley-Cohen and Josephine Stephenson.

8 June 2017 at 1300, St Alfege Church, Greenwich, London
"The Shape of Sound"
New Work for viola and electronics by a Trinity Laban composition student, selected following Stephen's term-long composition seminar on writing for viola and sampled sounds / electronics
Garth Knox: Viola Spaces for Two Violas
Claude Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Kaija Saariaho: Vent Nocturnes for viola and electronics (London premiere)

July 2017: Aix-en-Provence Festival, tour to Dijon, Brussels, Bordeaux
Guest violist with Klangforum Wien, one of Europe's preeminent
new music ensembles, performing the world premiere of Philippe
Boesmans' new opera "Pinocchio".

October 2017: Donaueschigen Festival
with Solistensemble Kaleidoskop
premiering new music theatre/ concert production "Forever Young"

Stephen Upshaw, viola

For further information, audio and video please visit Stephen's website

Recordings available online

Marc Yeats: beyond this [all had been chaos]

Luciano Berio: Naturale (Sicilian Folk Songs)

Brief Biography

Stephen is an outstanding young violist. Originally from Atlanta he is now based in London where he completed postgraduate studies with David Takeno. In 2013 and 2014 he worked with Pierre Boulez as part of the Lucerne Festival Academy and has performed with Klangforum Wien and the Aurora Orchestra. He is artistic director of Sounding Motion, exploring contemporary music and dance. Events in 2014 included workshops and a Barbican residency with Sounding Motion, exploring the relationship between live contemporary chamber music and dance, and two appearances at the London Ear Festival in March 2014. 2015 included a recital at the Brighton Festival, international touring with the Academy of St Martins in the Fields and Rambert Dance Company, appearances with London's Riot Ensemble, performing the Bartok viola concerto with the Kensington Philharmonic, masterclass and guest artist recital at Auburn University (USA), return appearance at the closing concert of the London Ear Festival, performances with Ensemble Modern as part of their Lachenmann Festival and heading a yearlong collaboration between Sounding Motion and Sound and Music. In 2016 Stephen joined the Artistic Board of the Riot Ensemble; their Southbank Centre concert on 1 October 2016 was broadcast on BBC Radio In November Stephen performed as soloist in Feldman "Rothko Chapel" with Lontano and the New London Chamber Choir at the Warehouse, London and gave the world premiere of a new work for solo viola by Mark Simpson.