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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Download high resolution photo by Soffi Chanchira Larsen

Articles and reviews:
Interview Seismograf 05.06.2018

Available Works

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  1. Patchwork Musik – Tjaldur

    2021 • Mette Nielsen

    Open Instrumentation

  2. Slow Race for Flute and Clarinet in Eb

    2014 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  3. Apart

    2021 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  4. Snigende, Søgende, Syngende

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  5. Motet (for girls' choir)

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Choir

  6. Motet (for mixed choir)

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Choir

  7. String Quartet in One Movement

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  8. Song I used to sing to the machines

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  9. Slow Race for Two Flutes

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  10. Ritual for et rum

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  11. Oh let me

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  12. If I Had a Hammer

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Other

  13. Under vandspejlet

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Solo

  14. Kontur

    2010 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  15. Drømte mig en drøm

    2005 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  16. Der står en lind

    2005 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  17. Contour

    2009 • Mette Nielsen

    Solo

  18. Circle #3

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  19. Patchwork Musik – Isfjeldet

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  20. Den samme flod

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  21. Listende, Larmende, Legende

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  22. Optakt til march

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  23. Dans, drøm

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  24. Square #2

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  25. Odense Havn 1991/2016

    2016 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  26. Kvartet til minde om en sang

    2016 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  27. Jeg vil ikke falde

    2014 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  28. Fragmented Obstructions

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments




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  1. Selected summer performances

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    Selected summer performances

  2. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  3. Digital Concert Series

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    Digital Concert Series

  1. Concert · Double Bass Extravaganza

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    Concert · Double Bass Extravaganza

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

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

  3. 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

  4. RELEASE · Educate·S · Pieces for Guitar

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    RELEASE · Educate·S · Pieces for Guitar

  5. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

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

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    Mette Nielsen and Matias Vestergård Hansen in KLASSISK music magazine

  7. Nordic Music Days 2019

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    Nordic Music Days 2019

  8. Mette Nielsen receives Pelle-Prisen 2019

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    Mette Nielsen receives Pelle-Prisen 2019

  9. 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

  10. KLANG 2019

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    KLANG 2019

  11. Save 25% on all solo pieces

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    Save 25% on all solo pieces

  12. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  13. Premiere of Mette Nielsen and Martin Stauning trios

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    Premiere of Mette Nielsen and Martin Stauning trios

  14. Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

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    Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

  15. Mette Nielsen interview in Seismograf

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    Mette Nielsen interview in Seismograf

  16. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  17. Double bass solo piece by Mette Nielsen

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    Double bass solo piece by Mette Nielsen

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

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    Martin Stauning piece kicks off new 4’33 Phil season

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

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

  20. Composer Mette Nielsen joins Edition·S

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    Composer Mette Nielsen joins Edition·S

  21. Two young composers making their debuts

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    Two young composers making their debuts

  22. Edition·S composers receive Carl Nielsen Grant

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    Edition·S composers receive Carl Nielsen Grant

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