Stephen Scott (b. Corvallis, Oregon, 1944) is an American composer best known for his development of the bowed piano (borrowed from C. Curtis-Smith, who invented the technique in 1972), which involves a grand piano being played by an ensemble of ten musicians who utilize lengths of horsehair, nylon filament, and other utensils to bow the strings of the piano, creating an orchestra-like sound. Scott founded the Bowed Piano Ensemble in 1977, for which he composes. His work is associated with the minimal style of composition.
Scott studied with Homer Keller at the University of Oregon. He has taught music at Colorado College since 1969, and has been a full professor there since 1989. He has also taught at Evergreen State College and has served as visiting composer at the Aspen Music School, New England Conservatory of Music, Princeton University, the University of Southern California, and at several universities and conservatories in Australia and Europe.
- Stephen Scott page at Colorado College Music Department site
- Bowed Piano Ensemble Website
- Stephen Scott interview by Daniel Varela, from Perfect Sound Forever (PSF) site
- Interview with Stephen Scott from American Mavericks site
- U.S. premiere of Stephen Scott's Paisajes Audibles (Audible Landscapes), for soprano and bowed piano (2002) at Other Minds 9, 8 March 2003 at Other Minds 9 at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
- Video from Stephen Scott page at Colorado College Music Department site
- New Albion Records Discography and Biography