Simon Steen-Andersen

Composer and performer Simon Steen-Andersen works in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance. The formats range from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to solo performances and installations.

In his works, specific elements are typically embedded in the music, as are the physical and choreographic aspects of an instrumental performance. There are often amplified acoustic instruments in combination with samples, video (playback, interactive and live video), simple everyday objects and obsolete electronics or home-made designs in the works.

Among his recent works are: Ouvertures (2010), for Chinese guzheng, sampler and orchestra; Double Up (2010) for Symphony Orchestra; Black Box Music (2012) for Performer, amplified Box, Sinfonietta and Video; Piano Concerto (2014) for piano solo, sampler, video and symphony orchestra.

Simon Steen-Andersen has received numerous awards and founds, including Carl Nielsen Award and Kunstpreis Musik from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin 2013, International Rostrum for Composers, DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm Residency 2010 and the Kranichsteiner Music Award 2008. He has received orders from ensembles, orchestras and festivals such as Ensemble Recherche, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, SWR Orchestra, the French National Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultraschall, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik and ECLAT. Also, he has worked with ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Collegium Novum Zurich, ICTUS, Arditti, London Sinfonietta, Intercontemporain, Asamisimasa and Nadar.

Simon Steen-Andersen studied composition with Karl Aage Rasmussen, Mathias Spahlinger, Gabriel Valverde and Bent Sørensen in Aarhus, Freiburg, Buenos Aires and Copenhagen. Since 2008, Simon Steen-Andersen has taught composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, from 2018 as honorary professor. Currently, Simon Steen-Andersen lives in Berlin.

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