Mette  Nielsen
Photo: Soffi Chanchira Larsen

Mette Nielsen

(1985-)

Mette Nielsen often works with what she calls the almost unison or imperfect unison – a state of friction that opens up a space where small differences become clearer and micro-tones and sounds are made audible.

She embraces both chance and control as coexisting parameters. In one series of pieces the musicians receive instructions via iPods put on shuffle: the musicians receive instructions with the composer's voice directly in their ears, while at the same time a significant amount of control is relinquished as the shape of the piece is randomly created through the iPod's shuffle function.

Nielsen studied at The Danish Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus with Simon Steen-Andersen, Jeppe Just Christensen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen, and Hans Peter Stubbe-Teglbjærg.

Mette Nielsen received Pelle-Prisen, The Axel Borup-Jørgensen Composer's Prize, Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s Grant, the Anckerske Grant and a grant from Astrid and Aksel Agerby’s Memorial Foundation. Her music has been played by Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble TM+, SCENATET, FIGURA Ensemble, Athelas Sinfonietta, Bulgarian female choir Usmifka among others.

Press photos:
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Articles and reviews:
Interview Seismograf 05.06.2018

Available Works

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  1. Together

    2021 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    Basset clarinet in A, violin, viola, cello

  2. Alone

    2021 • Mette Nielsen

    Solo

    10 minutes

    Basset clarinet in A

  3. Patchwork Musik – Tjaldur

    2021 • Mette Nielsen

    Open Instrumentation

    (open instr.) fl, ob, cl, bsn, sax, brass, acc, pno/perc, vln, vla, vlc, db

  4. Slow Race for Flute and Clarinet in Eb

    2014 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    Flute and clarinet in Eb

  5. Apart

    2021 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    18 minutes

    String quartet

  6. Snigende, Søgende, Syngende

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

    Cello solo, duo, or trio

  7. Motet (for girls' choir)

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Choir

    1:30 minutes

    Girls' choir (SSAA)

  8. Motet (for mixed choir)

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Choir

    1:30 minutes

    Mixed choir (SATB)

  9. String Quartet in One Movement

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    5 minutes

    String quartet

  10. Song I used to sing to the machines

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

    12 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/perc/hrp/pno/1.1.1.1.1

  11. Slow Race for Two Flutes

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    Two flutes

  12. Ritual for et rum

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    8 minutes

    Clarinet in A, alto saxophone, amplified guitar

  13. Oh let me

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    Soprano, harpsichord, baroque violin, baroque cello

  14. If I Had a Hammer

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Open Instrumentation

    10 minutes

    Open composition for an indefinite number of voices, hammer, chisel and brick

  15. Under vandspejlet

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Solo

    5 minutes

    Double bass solo

  16. Kontur

    2010 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    6:30 minutes

    Fl, cl, pno, vln, vlc

  17. Drømte mig en drøm

    2005 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    Voice and accordion

  18. Der står en lind

    2005 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    Voice and piano

  19. Contour

    2009 • Mette Nielsen

    Solo

    5:44 minutes

    Organ solo

  20. Circle #3

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    Fl, ob, cl, bsn, hrn, trp, trb (each with iPods)

  21. Patchwork Musik – Isfjeldet

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  22. Den samme flod

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    Violin, cello, and piano

  23. Listende, Larmende, Legende

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

    Accordeon solo, duo, or trio

  24. Optakt til march

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

    4 minutes

    Percussion solo

  25. Dans, drøm

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

    4 minutes

    Guitar solo

  26. Square #2

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 percussionists with iPods

  27. Odense Havn 1991/2016

    2016 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    20 minutes

    Tape and ensemble (fl, b.cl, pno, vla, vlc, db)

  28. Kvartet til minde om en sang

    2016 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    String quartet

  29. Jeg vil ikke falde

    2014 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    for mezzo, cl, perc, db

  30. Fragmented Obstructions

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    bass clarinet, cello & percussion




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News

  1. Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

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    Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

  2. Mette Nielsen Essay

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    Mette Nielsen Essay

  3. Upcoming performances 2022

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    Upcoming performances 2022

  1. Selected summer performances

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    Selected summer performances

  2. Clarinet Extravaganza

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    Clarinet Extravaganza

  3. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

    nominations / awards

    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  4. Digital Concert Series

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    Digital Concert Series

  5. Concert · Double Bass Extravaganza

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    Concert · Double Bass Extravaganza

  6. World Premieres · Rønsholdt, Nielsen, Black & Ernst at SPOR

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    World Premieres · Rønsholdt, Nielsen, Black & Ernst at SPOR

  7. Premiere · Mette Nielsen String Quartets to be performed at Bornholm's Music Festival

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    Premiere · Mette Nielsen String Quartets to be performed at Bornholm's Music Festival

  8. RELEASE · Educate·S · Pieces for Guitar

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    RELEASE · Educate·S · Pieces for Guitar

  9. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  10. Mette Nielsen and Matias Vestergård Hansen in KLASSISK music magazine

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    Mette Nielsen and Matias Vestergård Hansen in KLASSISK music magazine

  11. Nordic Music Days 2019

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    Nordic Music Days 2019

  12. Mette Nielsen receives Pelle-Prisen 2019

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    Mette Nielsen receives Pelle-Prisen 2019

  13. Children co-composing and a circling Ondes Martenot - Mette Nielsen at Klang Festival

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    Children co-composing and a circling Ondes Martenot - Mette Nielsen at Klang Festival

  14. KLANG 2019

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    KLANG 2019

  15. Save 25% on all solo pieces

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    Save 25% on all solo pieces

  16. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  17. Premiere of Mette Nielsen and Martin Stauning trios

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    Premiere of Mette Nielsen and Martin Stauning trios

  18. Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

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    Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

  19. Mette Nielsen interview in Seismograf

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    Mette Nielsen interview in Seismograf

  20. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  21. Double bass solo piece by Mette Nielsen

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    Double bass solo piece by Mette Nielsen

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

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    Martin Stauning piece kicks off new 4’33 Phil season

  23. We’re off to Nordic Music Days (in London, unusually)

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    We’re off to Nordic Music Days (in London, unusually)

  24. Composer Mette Nielsen joins Edition·S

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    Composer Mette Nielsen joins Edition·S

  25. Two young composers making their debuts

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    Two young composers making their debuts

  26. Edition·S composers receive Carl Nielsen Grant

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    Edition·S composers receive Carl Nielsen Grant

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Calendar

  1. March 2022
  2. 1

    March

    Mette Nielsen, Pernille Sejlund, Li-Ying Wu et al.: Hormondagbogen

    time19:30

    location Det Kgl. Teater, Copenhagen, Denmark

    performed by Figura

  3. 2

    March

    Mette Nielsen, Pernille Sejlund, Li-Ying Wu et al.: Hormondagbogen

    time19:30

    location Det Kgl. Teater, Copenhagen, Denmark

    performed by Figura

  4. 4

    March

    Mette Nielsen, Pernille Sejlund, Li-Ying Wu et al.: Hormondagbogen

    time19:30

    location Det Kgl. Teater, Copenhagen, Denmark

    performed by Figura