Bio


Laura Stevens ComposerLaura Stevens is a native English South African, educated in Cape Town and London, but living and working in London.

Laura completed her Masters Degree in Composition at the Royal College of Music under the tuition of Joseph Horovitz and Alison Kay. Past teachers include Vasco Hexel, Howard Davidson, Peter Klatzow (South Africa) and Alan Stephenson (South Africa).

Laura is currently writing the Orchestral score for an American Feature-length documentary about Elephants in Sub-Saharan Africa set for release next year.  The film is directed and produced by Academy Award -winning documentary Director Louise Hogarth, and narrated by actress Olivia Munn (X-Men; The Daily Show; Ocean's 8 (production); The Predator (Production); Iron Man; Magic Mike etc).

Laura recently completed a commission for a new one act ballet with the English National Ballet as part of their 'She Said' triple bill danced at Sadler's Wells in April 2016. Additionally she collaborated on a Film Noir inspired ballet with one of their young choreographers in June 2015, as part of their annual “Choreographics” initiative.
That same month, her concert overture “Long Walk” (commissioned by SAMRO) was premiered by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Cape Town City Hall ( Cape Town, South Africa) under the baton of Japanese conductor Yasuo Shinozaki. The work was given a second airing in August 2015 by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa (whose composition competition she was a finalist in).
Later in 2015, Laura won the grand prize in the film-scoring category in the Shnit International Short Film Festival”'s “Real-time Film Competition” (a rapid film-making challenge curated by the festival).Laura has been commissioned by to write a new song cycle for Soprano and Piano set to selections from an anthology by contemporary poet Katharine Towers (Picador) and working alongside the poet in setting her texts. A choral arrangement of one of these songs won third prize in an international Choral Composition competition overseen by a Swedish Choral Society. These works are published by Bo Ejeby Publishing, the prominent sheet music publisher in Scandinavia.

In 2014 Laura completed the score for a half-feature film produced by acclaimed Swiss performance artist Beat Toniolo. The film details the life of Swiss writer Albert Bachtold and was screened at the Solothurn (Switzerland) and Berlinale (Germany) film Festivals, as well as major channel television broadcasts in both Germany and Switzerland. The score was recorded at Angel Studios in London featuring the Michael Kamen Film Orchestra (formed in honour of the composer by the Conductor who is also the late Kamen's archivist).
In addition to professional film scoring work, Laura has collaborated on multiple occasions (film score work) with the London Film School and Central St. Martin's Animation Departments (where one of the animation shorts she worked on was featured on BBC's “The Space” Arts Initiative) and screened on the BBC big screen at the Edinburgh Festival.

She provided the music for two collaborative animations with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of London's Cultural Olympiad in 2012. These were screened at London's Southbank Centre and at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. One of the animations was selected for looped screening BBC's “The Space” Arts Channel, and screened on the BBC big screen at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2012 Laura contributed music to a promotional film for a Cancer Awareness Charity in rural India.

She recently wrote a track for the debut album of UK Spoken word poet Hollie McNish (whose beautiful videos went viral last year , which fuses poetry and music in a double album effort, and has just been released commercially in the UK.
Laura's production music tracks feature in several Production Music Libraries in both the UK and US (Triple Scoop Music – US; Getty Music – UK/US; Pump Audio – UK/US). She has also worked as an intern and assistant at the Air Edel Music Supervision House and Composer Agency (founded by Sir George Martin, The Beatles' principal producer).

Laura specialises in both Concert Hall and Screen Composition and is passionate about both disciplines and the challenges that arise from each. 
Laura has had works performed at many prestigious venues and screening platforms including: the Edinburgh Festival; the BBC; The Royal Shakespeare Company's “Globe Theatre”; St Martin's in the Fields; the Baxter Theatre; the Britten Opera Theatre; National Arts Festival (Grahamstown); the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery (London) and Sadler's Wells (London) among others. 


Last year Laura premiered a work for Baritone and Piano (where she also acted as accompanist) in the acclaimed lunch-time concert series of St Martin in the Fields Church in Trafalgar Square. 

Laura is an active performer ('cellist and pianist) in addition to her activities as composer and has studied under Francois du Toit, Helena van Heerden, Katarina Struthers, Marian Lewin and Anmari van der Westhuizen in these instruments. 
She plays ad hoc for several Orchestras and Chamber groups (having done so extensively with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra and Chamber orchestras), as well as performing for studio session work toward contemporary and film projects. 
Laura has recently delved into the world of conducting, in the hope of conducting performances of her own work from time to time. She has attended masterclasses in conducting at the Southbank Centre, the Barbican and Royal Opera House with Sian Edwards; Marin Alsop; Julia Jones; Alice Farnham and Andrea Quinn.
Laura is grateful for generous funding from The National Arts Council (SA); The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust; The International Film Music Foundation; The Herbst Family (Germany), The Ackerman Foundation (SA).