Simon Steen-Andersen (b. 1976)

Made for the award of the Ernst von Siemens Composers Prize, 2017.

Simon Steen-Andersen is a Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. The works often concentrate on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The setups often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions.

Simon Steen-Andersen has received numerous prizes and grants. In October 2019 after the world premiere of his grand multimedia work TRIO, Steen-Andersen received the SWR Orchestra Prize and the Danish prize Carl Prisen 2020. He also received the Mauricio Kagel Music Prize 2017, Ernst von Siemens Composers' Prize 2017, the Nordic Council Music Prize 2014 and the SWR Orchestra Prize in 2019 and 2014, The Carl Prize 2015 and the Kunstpreis Musik from Akademie der Kunste in Berlin 2013, the International Rostrum of Composers, the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm Residency 2010, The Carl Nielsen Prize and the Kranichsteiner Music Award 2008. In 2016 he became a member of the German Academy of the Arts, and in 2018 he was appointed as a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Works commissioned by ensembles, orchestras and festivals such as Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, the SWR Orchestra, Ensemble Ascolta, Jack Quartet, Oslo Sinfonietta, 2e2m, the French National Orchestra, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultraschall, ECLAT, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik. Furthermore he worked with ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Collegium Novum Zürich, ICTUS, Arditti, London Sinfonietta, Intercontemporain, asamisimasa and NADAR. 

Simon Steen-Andersen was born in 1976 and studied composition with Karl Aage Rasmusen, Bent Sørensen, Mathis Spahlinger and Gabriel Valverde in Denmark, Germany and Argentina. Since 2008 he has been a lecturer in composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark. in 2013-2014 he was visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and in 2014-16 he was a lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, in 2017 he was a guest professor at University of the Arts in Berlin. Since 2018 he has held the position as professor in the Composition and Music Theatre department at Bern University of the Arts.

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Video art and gallery installation