Sufjan Stevens

b. 1975

American

Summary

Los Angeles-based American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens has released a total of nine solo studio albums, thirteen extended plays, fifteen singles, eight promotional singles, and eight music videos as well as multiple collaborative albums with other artists. Stevens received Academy and Grammy Award nominations for Best Original Song “Mystery of Love,” which was one of three contributions for the soundtrack to Luca Guadagnino’s feature film  ‘Call Me By Your Name'.

Steven's is a frequent collaborator with New York City Ballet's Resident Choreographer Justin Peck.


Biography

Stevens attended the Detroit Waldorf School, Petoskey High School and Interlochen Arts Academy, and graduated from Harbor Light Christian School. He then attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and then earned an MFA from The New School in New York City.

Stevens’ The BQE, symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City's infamous Brooklyn–Queens Expressway originally manifested in the form of a live show, with an original film, directed and written by Stevens, accompanied by an orchestra performing a live soundtrack.The BQE won the 2008 Brendan Gill Prize and formed the orchestrated score for Justin Peck's dance creation for  In The Countenance of Kings for San Francisco Ballet in 2016.

Stevens’ Planetarium, a collaborative album with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister imbued with themes of the cosmos, was released in 2017 to widespread critical praise.

Sufjan has collaborated with New York City Ballet’s Resident choreographer Justin Peck on four productions for the company: Year of the Rabbit (2012) and commissioned scores; Everywhere We Go (2014), The Decalogue (2017) and Principia (2019).  Reflections (2019) premiered with a commissioned score for two pianos by Houston Ballet which was swiftly followed by a New York City Center season lauding acclaim by The New York Times for the "beauty and charm" of Peck's choreography as well as Stevens' "romantically modernist études."

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