Stephan Hodel

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Stephan Hodel


Stephan Hodel (b. 1973, Switzerland) is a Swiss composer, arranger and orchestrator.

Based in Berne, 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 an MA in conducting and music education from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne.

Hodel 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. 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, and the concert series The Power of Musick (featuring rapper Greis) at KKL Luzern.

As an orchestrator Hodel worked on films such as Albatross, Above&Beyond: The Craftsman and the Swiss sci-fi film Cargo. His collaboration with the rock band Dada Ante Portas has been awarded a Gold Record for the album Seasons Change.

Teaching activities include a jazz workshop at Morley College, orchestration for wind band at Bern University of the Arts (HKB), 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 music director for the production of Sugar – some like it hot! at the Luzerner Theater.

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