A new version of Valse Bleue including a cello was premiered at the Chinese University of Hong Kong by the Stellar Trio.
Irene Chen, clarinet
Zhu Mu, cello
Michelle Yip, piano
Lee Hysan Concert Hall
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the person behind the music
Stephan Hodel is a versatile composer, arranger and orchestrator. He has written for ensembles of various kinds, from big band to symphony orchestra. He has also written for theatre/ballet, rock music productions and has composed music for children.
Two of Stephan's orchestral songs, written for soprano Katerina Mina, have been recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Grzegroz Nowak and appear on Katerina's debut album Angel of Fire. His orchestral work PC-24, ein musikalischer Alpenflug was commissioned by the Festival Strings Lucerne and celebrates the launch of a new aircraft.
Further highlights include a ballet score for the English National Ballet Choreographics at the Barbican, Sinfonische Stubete, a piece for clarinet ensemble at Tonhalle Zürich, a showcase of the musical The Happy Hypocrite in London and Oxford, the music for the theatrical show Romeo and Juliet de Buenos Aires (Cockpit Theatre, London) a concert with his music at Beijing Concert Hall with the Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra and the concert series The Power of Musick (featuring rapper Greis) at KKL Luzern.
As an orchestrator he worked on films such as Albatross (with Julia Ormond, Felicity Jones and Sebastian Koch), Above&Beyond: The Craftsman and the Swiss sci-fi film Cargo. His collaboration with the rock band Dada Ante Portas has been awarded with a Gold Record for the album Seasons Change.
Teaching activities include a jazz workshop at Morley College and music theory at the University of Teachers Education Lucerne. In theatre he worked with the London Bubble Theatre Company, the Harbinger Company and also held the position of MD for the production of Sugar – some like it hot! at the Luzerner Theater.
Based in Berne, Switzerland, Stephan is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London where he completed his postgraduate studies with distinction in Composition with Joseph Horovitz. Also at the RCM he was awarded the Cobbett and Hurlstone Prize for outstanding creative achievement. He studied Jazz Composition and Arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston and holds a MA in Conducting and Music Education from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne.