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Stevie Wishart

Stevie Wishart was educated at Cambridge and Oxford universities and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, before studying composition and electronic music at the University of York. She then studied improvised and aleatoric music with John Cage and David Tudor. As a composer, performer and improviser she explores medieval and contemporary extremes, using ancient instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, as well as electronic and computer music technologies. She has composed for early and modern music ensembles and also dance companies. She has appeared throughout Europe, USA and Australia; has had residencies at IRCAM in Paris, ZKM in Karlsruhe, ADK Berlin and Mills College, California; and has worked with creative artists such as Wayne McGregor, Philippe Starck, John Tilbury and Fred Frith.

A champion of Hildegard of Bingen, Stevie has performed her music in new performing editions across the globe.   She was commissioned by the BBC for the 2011 Proms to write a new work based on texts by Hildegard, premiered by the BBC Singers and Sinfonye under Robert Hollingworth.  With Sinfonye, which she founded, she made many cds, including Bella Domna, and is currently recording the complete works of Hildegard of Bingen for Celestial.  Autumn 2012 saw the release of Hildegard for Decca, featuring Stevie's new Vespers for Saint Hildegard.  It was released to coincide with performances at St Peter's Basilica and across Rome for the Pope to celebrate Hildegard as a new saint and Doctor of the Church. Sinfonye also gave a special performance for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Stevie Wishart is currently working on a number of projects reflecting a passion for finding compositional inspiration in political and environmental issues.