With a musical career commencing with performances at piano bars on the East Coast and continuing on to Los Angeles as a writer-reporter for Star Magazine, Stephen Viens’ circuitous journey has prepared him for his career as a composer, writer, and producer.
Stephen received his Bachelor of Music from Temple University and went onto study composition and theory with Julliard’s David Sokoloff. He also had the privilege of studying with Emmy Award-winning composer Billy Goldenberg, who encouraged him to attend the University of California, Los Angeles’ Film Scoring Program. He has also been a visiting artist at the distinguished California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts).
Expanding his creative talents, Stephen wrote the theme and underscore for Discovery’s Emmy Award-winning The Christopher Lowell Show, in addition to writing 120 episodes of the series, as well as, writing, scoring and co-producing the documentary, Translating Wonder, for Public Television Japan, directed and edited by Mirai Konishi. They teamed up again for Yoga for Happiness, a three-hour series of lessons created and demonstrated by Los Angeles-based Susan Nichols, creator of the SKIDLESS® line of yoga mats and products.
Music from the series was later released in Japan as an original soundtrack album by Leafage, a division of Pony Canyon. New Age Reporter lists Yoga for Happiness in the Top 20 Most-Played CDs selected by music programmers from radio stations across Japan for 2007.
Collaborating with director Brian To, Stephen scored the Award-winning short, Audit, a series of public service announcements for the L.A. Metro Task For On Human Trafficking, in addition to composing and co-producing To’s inspirational documentary short, Try, Try, Again.
He also scored To’s award-winning short, Dry Dock. Randal Kleiser, director of Grease and The Blue Lagoon stated: “Brian To has created a moving, touching and sensual film in Dry Dock, greatly supported by the haunting and emotional music of Stephen Viens.”
This was followed by To’s heart-wrenching short, Arctic Plunge, narrated by Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe-winning actress, Sally Kirkland, who said: “It was like a dream come true that he (Stephen) was going to make music that married my words.”
In the recording studio, Stephen wrote music for Bobbi Jo Lathan’s CD, Stories From A Part-Time American, and served as orchestrator and arranger for Pat Boone’s seasonal CD, California Christmas Card.
Most recently Stephen scored Mirai Konishi’s award-winning documentaries, Kampai! For The Love of Sake and Kampai! Sake Sisters, which delve into Japan’s mysterious sake industry. Recently, he completed The Boy And The Tree: A Musical Story For Children, a 35-minute piece for narrator and orchestra.
Stephen is a resident of Los Angeles, California.