Line  Tjørnhøj

Line Tjørnhøj

(1960-)

“Line Tjørnhøj often deals with themes that are unfamiliar in the contemporary music scene. She creates deeply expressive music for tense moral and social dilemmas, thereby giving a voice to tabooed people and subjects. Her projects, spanning cultural and musical borders, have brought about international collaborations, which is reflected in the music itself. Line Tjørnhøj is awarded the honorary award as a recognition of her contribution to expanding the field of musical expression ...”—The Carl Nielsen Prize committee

Line Tjørnhøj describes the voice as basic to the human sound universe with its immediate access to our ears and emotions. She typically deals with timeless problems and emotions via stories from our own time. She is well known for dealing with cruel subjects where men and women are challenged to the utmost as a consequence of the misuse of power in its various forms. She exploits the soothing quality and beauty of the voice to establish a space for the impossible and painful stories she has narrated in the course of her career as a composer. She works collaboratively with the performers for which her works are created, insisting that the individual elements of a performance are all interrelated.

Tjørnhøj studied composition at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus with Simon Steen-Andersen, Niels Rønsholdt and Lasse Laursen. 

She has received the prestigious Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation's Prize (2017), the three year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Composers’ Society Grant among others. Her opera Anorexia Sacra was awarded best chamber opera by the American Opera Vista Festival, 2009. 

Her works has been played by renowned ensembles and orchestras as Danish National Girls' Choir, Theatre of Voices, Göteborg Operan, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Ensemble Lydenskab, Esbjerg Ensemble amongst others. 

Available Works

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  1. ANGEST

    2021 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Orchestra

    10 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/archi

  2. Grænselyst

    2019 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Choir

    60 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/perc/1.1.1.1.0 + girl’s choir, boy’s choir & baritone and mezzo-soprano soli

  3. TO HAVE TO

    2018 • Line Tjørnhøj

    2-6 Instruments

    20 minutes

    Bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

  4. Hånden på hjertet

    2019 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Choir

    7:30 minutes

    Girls choir

  5. Wildes Tier

    2018 • Line Tjørnhøj

    2-6 Instruments

    8:40 minutes

    Fl, b.cl, voc, gtr, hpd, cel, vln, vlc

  6. enTmenschT

    2018 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Choir

    75 minutes

    Mixed choir

  7. AGONY

    2017 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    Performer / chef, Soprano, Counter tenor, bass baritone, Perc 1+2, Vl, Vcl

  8. TRØST

    2015 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Choir

    11 minutes

    Girls choir

  9. IR

    2018 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Solo

    4:33 minutes

    Bass trombone solo

  10. Shanghai

    2017 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    60 minutes

  11. Månedans, Lul Lul, Summarum

    2016 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Educational Music

    1:30 minutes

    Violin solo

  12. Duck Dance

    2016 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Educational Music

    1:30 minutes

    Piano solo

  13. TUSK

    2016 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    23 minutes

    Voc solo/mixed choir/2.2.3.3/4.3.3.1/perc/saw/b.org./20.0.7.6.4

  14. Stemmer fra krigen

    2014 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Choir

    25 minutes

    16 voices, percussion & horn

  15. Vox Reportage

    2014 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Choir

    25 minutes

    12 voices SATB

  16. Oration

    2013 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    Solo voice, Sop, 2 MSop, Ct, Bar and vlc

  17. #glimpse

    2013 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Other

    32 minutes

    Solo S + trb, vlc, live electronics

  18. Tomorrow's Child

    2012 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    60 minutes

    Female voice, vlc, tape and live electronics

  19. Stabat Mater

    2009 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    45 minutes

    Soprano and mezzo soli, double bass, electronics and video projection

  20. Daughter

    2007 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Other

    5:10 minutes

    Sound stream (available on CD upon request)

  21. Anorexia sacra

    2006 • Line Tjørnhøj

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    60 minutes

    5 female voices, 1 male voice + double-bass




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News

  1. Line Tjørnhøj World premiere

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    Line Tjørnhøj World premiere

  2. Edition·S at KLANG Festival

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    Edition·S at KLANG Festival

  3. Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

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    Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

  1. Gísladóttir and Tjørnhøj nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize

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    Gísladóttir and Tjørnhøj nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize

  2. New work by Line Tjørnhøj

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    New work by Line Tjørnhøj

  3. Upcoming performances 2022

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    Upcoming performances 2022

  4. Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

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    Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

  5. Line Tjørnhøj · Portrait Concert

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    Line Tjørnhøj · Portrait Concert

  6. Tjørnhøj & Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

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    Tjørnhøj & Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

  7. Nordic Council Music Prize nominations

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    Nordic Council Music Prize nominations

  8. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

    nominations / awards

    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  9. Single release · Line Tjørnhøj

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    Single release · Line Tjørnhøj

  10. Digital Concert Series

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    Digital Concert Series

  11. Edition·S works on The Danish Arts Foundation's playlist of recommended works

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    Edition·S works on The Danish Arts Foundation's playlist of recommended works

  12. Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

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    Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

  13. Interview · Line Tjørnhøj · LUFT

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    Interview · Line Tjørnhøj · LUFT

  14. Interview · Line Tjørnhøj · LUFT

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    Interview · Line Tjørnhøj · LUFT

  15. Line Tjørnhøj ‘Hånden på hjertet’ video recording with DR Pigekoret

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    Line Tjørnhøj ‘Hånden på hjertet’ video recording with DR Pigekoret

  16. Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

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    Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

  17. RELEASE · Educate·S · Pieces for Violin

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    RELEASE · Educate·S · Pieces for Violin

  18. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  19. Interview · Line Tjørnhøj: ‘Hånden på Hjertet’ world premiere

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    Interview · Line Tjørnhøj: ‘Hånden på Hjertet’ world premiere

  20. Educate·S · Pieces for Piano recorded

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    Educate·S · Pieces for Piano recorded

  21. Save 25% on all solo pieces

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    Save 25% on all solo pieces

  22. Stauning, Rofelt and Tjørnhøj nominated for Carl Prisen 

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    Stauning, Rofelt and Tjørnhøj nominated for Carl Prisen 

  23. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  24. Messiaen Quartet premieres Tjørnhøj

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    Messiaen Quartet premieres Tjørnhøj

  25. New Christmas music by Line Tjørnhøj and more

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    New Christmas music by Line Tjørnhøj and more

  26. Great reviews of Line Tjørnhøj's enTmenschT

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    Great reviews of Line Tjørnhøj's enTmenschT

  27. Interview: Line Tjørnhøj - enTmenschT

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    Interview: Line Tjørnhøj - enTmenschT

  28. New Music for Strings in Aarhus, Copenhagen and Reykjavík

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    New Music for Strings in Aarhus, Copenhagen and Reykjavík

  29. Tjørnhøj and Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

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    Tjørnhøj and Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

  30. Premiere of Tjørnhøj's solo piece for bass trombone

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    Premiere of Tjørnhøj's solo piece for bass trombone

  31. Transit – new Line Tjørnhøj collaboration in Gothenburg

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    Transit – new Line Tjørnhøj collaboration in Gothenburg

  32. Great ‘AGONY’ reviews and new Tjørnhøj album

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    Great ‘AGONY’ reviews and new Tjørnhøj album

  33. World premiere of ‘AGONY’, Tjørnhøj’s new eating opera

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    World premiere of ‘AGONY’, Tjørnhøj’s new eating opera

  34. Tjørnhøj and Alsted receive the Carl Nielsen Prize 2017

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    Tjørnhøj and Alsted receive the Carl Nielsen Prize 2017

  35. Martin Stauning piece kicks off new 4’33 Phil season

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    Martin Stauning piece kicks off new 4’33 Phil season

  36. New trailer and Swedish praise for Tjørnhøj opera

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    New trailer and Swedish praise for Tjørnhøj opera

  37. Giving contemporary opera an entirely new sound

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    Giving contemporary opera an entirely new sound

  38. Educate·S - New Music for Music Schools

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    Educate·S - New Music for Music Schools

  39. Sneak peek of new Edition·S project

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    Sneak peek of new Edition·S project

  40. TUSK turned the street into an opera stage

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    TUSK turned the street into an opera stage

  41. World premiere of TUSK by Line Tjørnhøj

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    World premiere of TUSK by Line Tjørnhøj

  42. Line Tjørnhøj Receives Large Opera Commission

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    Line Tjørnhøj Receives Large Opera Commission

  43. Hear the Darkness

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    Hear the Darkness

  44. Voices from the War

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    Voices from the War

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    "Art vox reportage" - Line Tjørnhøj premiere with Ars Nova Copenhagen in Århus

  46. Tomorrow's Child by Line Tjørnhøj

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    Tomorrow's Child by Line Tjørnhøj

  47. World Premiere of Oration

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    World Premiere of Oration

  48. #glimpse – The E·Sessions

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    #glimpse – The E·Sessions

  49. Oration – an operatic pamphlet on being human

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    Oration – an operatic pamphlet on being human

  50. One-woman-show at Copenhagen Music Theatre

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    One-woman-show at Copenhagen Music Theatre

  51. Tjørnhøj’s Portrait travels to Vordingborg

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    Tjørnhøj’s Portrait travels to Vordingborg

  52. Line Tjørnhøj sound installation at Platform 4, Aalborg

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    Line Tjørnhøj sound installation at Platform 4, Aalborg

  53. Danish premiere of Line Tjørnhøj opera

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    Danish premiere of Line Tjørnhøj opera

  54. Line Tjørnhøj installation in Lithuania

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    Line Tjørnhøj installation in Lithuania

  55. Zoë Martlew blogs from her stay in DK

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    Zoë Martlew blogs from her stay in DK

  56. Zoë Martlew artist residency

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    Zoë Martlew artist residency

  57. Kasper Rofelt premiere at PULSAR 2012

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    Kasper Rofelt premiere at PULSAR 2012

  58. Snow Mask Ensemble feat. Line Tjørnhøj

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    Snow Mask Ensemble feat. Line Tjørnhøj

  59. Divine semen and female sexuality

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    Divine semen and female sexuality

  60. New film from the creation process of SPLIT the Opera

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    New film from the creation process of SPLIT the Opera

  61. The musical greengrocery

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    The musical greengrocery

  62. Tjørnhøj staged again in the US

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    Tjørnhøj staged again in the US

  63. Unusual and intimate artist meeting in Århus - follow the blog!

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    Unusual and intimate artist meeting in Århus - follow the blog!

  64. Line Tjørnhøj premiere next week

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    Line Tjørnhøj premiere next week

  65. Success for Line Tjørnhøj's Anorexia Sacra in Houston

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    Success for Line Tjørnhøj's Anorexia Sacra in Houston

  66. Line Tjørnhøj's Anorexia Sacra in Texas production

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    Line Tjørnhøj's Anorexia Sacra in Texas production

  67. Line Tjørnhøj's Stabat Mater premiered in Århus

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    Line Tjørnhøj's Stabat Mater premiered in Århus

  68. Line Tjørnhøj wins Opera Vista Competition in Houston!

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    Line Tjørnhøj wins Opera Vista Competition in Houston!

  69. Anorexia sacra goes to Texas!

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    Anorexia sacra goes to Texas!

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Calendar

  1. September 2021
  2. 12

    September

    Line Tjørnhøj Portrait

    time15:00

    location Ny Musik i Birkerød, Mantziussalen, Birkerød (DK), Denmark

    performed by Marte Schau, Louise Gorm, Mika Persdotter, Lea Brøndal. Sound by Cecilie Sadolin

  1. November 2021
  2. 5

    November

    Line Tjørnhøj Portrait

    time15:00

    location KØN - Gender Museum Denmark, Aarhus, Denmark

    performed by Marte Schau, Louise Gorm, Mika Persdotter, Lea Brøndal. Sound by Cecilie Sadolin

  1. March 2022
  2. 26

    March

    Line Tjørnhøj: Angest

    location Thisted Gymnasium, Thisted, Denmark

    performed by Randers Kammerorkester & Conductor Maria Badstue