Josephine Stephenson (b. 1990) is a Franco-British musician based in London, UK.

"music to arrest the ears and stop the heart" (The Times)   

"exquisite" (The Guardian)

"eclectic, attractive sonic landscapes" (The Arts Desk)

"an assurance beyond her years" (Bachtrack)

 

Described by Bachtrack as "a bewitching combination of dissonance and sweet-toned cantabile", Josephine's music has been commissioned by the BBC, Radio France, Arcal Lyrique, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Spitalfields Music, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia and Nonclassical among others, and broadcast on France Musique, BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM. She has written for acclaimed ensembles and soloists including Aurora Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, The Hermes Experiment, the Ensemble Miroirs Étendus, the Van Kuijk Quartet, Explore Ensemble, the Maîtrise de Radio France, tenor Allan Clayton, gambist Liam Byrne and violinists Fiona Monbet and Eloisa-Fleur Thom. 

Collaboration is at the centre of her practice. She has worked with theatre companies La Raffinerie, L'Éventuel Hérisson Bleu and FellSwoop Theatre, made music for films, and regularly works as arranger for songwriters and bands (Daughter, James Righton, NZCA LINES, Evergreen, Night Works) as well as for projects from the Berlin-based ensemble Stargaze (David Bowie Prom, concerts with Lisa Hannigan). 

Josephine studied composition with Giles Swayne while an undergraduate at Clare College, Cambridge, before completing a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music under Kenneth Hesketh, graduating with Distinction in 2014. She was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2015-16 and a London Sinfonietta 'Writing the Future' composer for 2017-19.