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Kristine Tjøgersen wins Arne Nordheim’s Composer’s Prize

By Tina Brodal Posted: 24. Aug, 2020

Photo: Wolf James Photography

Norwegian composer Kristine Tjøgersen wins the Arne Nordheim Composer’s Prize for 2020.

The award will be handed over during Ultima Festival’s closing concert at Kulturkirken Jakob, Oslo, on 19 September 2020.

Quote from the jury’s statement on the winner:
– Kristine Tjøgersen’s compositional practice is characterised by a unique sense of curiosity, the fantastical, humour, and precision. Her works are full of unexpected aural situations in a surprising dialogue with expectations and tradition, which occasionally leads to a fascinating ’strangeness’. She sees the world as composed, alive and in a state of change, not heading towards a final climax. The jury have been tremendously excited by her combination of jouissance and thoroughness which gives a rare freshness and originality.

Tjørgersen was part of KUPP 1.0
Kristine Tjøgersen participated in the first round of the KUPP-program, initiated by Music Norway, Norwegian Society of Composers and Talent Norge and is now set to compose for the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK). This year we have received over 40 applications for KUPP 2.0, which kicks off in September.

As a composer, Tjøgersen has a special interest for music that combines sound and image and investigates and explores how they interact with each other. She studied composition with prof. Carola Bauckholt at the Anton Bruckner Universität in Linz, Austria, and clarinet with prof. Hans Christian Bræin at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo.

In 2018 she was representing Norway at Rostrum for composers in Hungary, and in 2019 she has a fellowship at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. She plays clarinet in the award winning ensembles asamisimasa and Ensemble neoN, and has performed at most of the major European new music festivals.

The Nordheim Prize:
Arne Nordheim’s Composer’s Prize was initiated by the Department of Culture in 2001 on the occasion of the composer’s 70th birthday. The prize is given out every other year during the Ultima Festival. The prizewinner will receive 200.000 NOK and a diploma.


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