STEPHEN MONTAGUE was born in New York and grew up in the South, studying piano and composition first with his father, Richard Montague, and later at Florida State University with Carlisle Floyd, and at Ohio State University, with Herbert Brun, David Behrman, and others. In 1972-74, Montague went to Warsaw, Poland, on a Fulbright Fellowship. From Poland, he went to England as a composer-in-residence with the Strider Dance Company, and since 1975 he has been a free-lance composer/pianist based in London but touring world-wide.
His works have been widely performed, particularly in Europe, and have been broadcast on all the major European radio networks. Important awards and commissions have come from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Arts Council of Great Britian, the Hinrichsen Foundation, and others. As a pianist, he has commissioned and premiered numerous works, recorded for all the major European radio networks, and recently performed as a soloist at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Carnegie Recital Hall, New York.
He is a founding member of the Electro-Acoustic Music Association of Great Britian (EMAS). In 1984, he released his first record album, Slow Dance on a Burial Ground, on Lovely Music, with the partial assistance of a grant from the Jerome Foundation.