Stephanie Chou is a composer, saxophonist, and singer based in NYC. Her music combines classical and Chinese influences with jazz and pop harmonies and rhythms to create an entirely original, bi-lingual musical world. Chou studied mathematics and music at Columbia University. In 2011, she released Prime Knot, a jazz quintet CD featuring trumpeter Marcus Printup (Jazz at Lincoln Center). Her 2012 work CforG was commissioned/choreographed by former American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina Susan Jaffe.
Steph’s 2017 album Asymptote features fresh takes on Chinese classics including "Kangding Love Song", "The Moon Represents My Heart", and a tongue-twister about "Eating Grapes." Asymptote features erhu mixed with a jazz rhythm section. She's performed in Taipei, Beijing, throughout NYC at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, Alice Tully Hall, and B.B. King's, and in festivals in Italy, Vermont, and Pennsylvania.
She received the 2016 JFund, a grant from the American Composers Forum, to write Comfort Girl—a musical exploration of the lives of 'comfort women' who were abducted into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during WWII. Comfort Girl premiered at Joe's Pub in 2019.