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.

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Articles and reviews:
Interview Seismograf 05.06.2018

Available Works

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  1. Slow Race for Flute and Clarinet in Eb

    2014 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  2. Apart

    2021 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  3. Snigende, Søgende, Syngende

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  4. Motet (for girls' choir)

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Choir

  5. Motet (for mixed choir)

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Choir

  6. String Quartet in One Movement

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  7. Song I used to sing to the machines

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  8. Slow Race for Two Flutes

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  9. Ritual for et rum

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  10. Oh let me

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  11. If I Had a Hammer

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    Other

  12. Under vandspejlet

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Solo

  13. Kontur

    2010 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  14. Drømte mig en drøm

    2005 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  15. Der står en lind

    2005 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  16. Contour

    2009 • Mette Nielsen

    Solo

  17. Circle #3

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  18. Patchwork Musik – Isfjeldet

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  19. Den samme flod

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  20. Listende, Larmende, Legende

    2018 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  21. Optakt til march

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  22. Dans, drøm

    2017 • Mette Nielsen

    Educational Music

  23. Square #2

    2012 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  24. Odense Havn 1991/2016

    2016 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  25. Kvartet til minde om en sang

    2016 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  26. Jeg vil ikke falde

    2014 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  27. Fragmented Obstructions

    2013 • Mette Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  28. Patchwork Musik – Tjaldur

    2021 • Mette Nielsen

    Open Instrumentation




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