Simon Løffler 40 years today

Simon Løffler’s works range from extremely intimate, poetic set-ups to large enigmatic constructions, and lately, he has experimented with the idea of playing music like an animal. Today, 14 September, the Danish composer turns 40.

The idea was basically to always start over from the very beginning, in the way that I first conceived an instrument, then I conceived how to play that instrument, and then I wrote the music.
— Simon Løffler

In this way, Simon Løffler describes the thoughts behind some of the instrumental concepts and works that have derived from his attempts to escape the conventions of western classical music.

Lately, Løffler has developed new works and instrumental practices based on the aesthetic behaviour of animals. At the Norwegian Academy of Music, he is currently working on an artistic research project titled, Becoming Animal. Starting from the basic question of how the aesthetic behaviour of certain animal species can be transferred into musical performance practice, it is Løffler's ambition to open up the notion of what a musical body can be.

In November 2020 the piece Animalia III inspired by the elephant's very long eyelashes was premiered in Copenhagen, Denmark. The research project will be finished in 2022 and the piece Becoming Animal will be premiered at Ultima Festival in Olso in 2022.

Løffler studied Composition with Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen and Niels Rosing-Schow at The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Music Theory with Lars Bisgaard at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Composition with Wolfgang Heiniger at Hochschule für musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin, Composition with Simon Steen-Andersen at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. Further studies at A.PASS (advanced performance and scenography studies), Brussels. Since 2017 he has been a lecturer in Composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Simon Løffler was awarded the prestigious Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen honorary award (2019), the 3-year work grant by The Danish Arts Foundation (2015), the prestigious stipendium prize at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (2014) and was awarded by The Danish Arts Foundation for his work c (2013). 

His works has been performed by ensembles as Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (DE), Ensemble Adapter (DE), asamisimasa (NO), SUONO MOBILE (DE), SCENATET (DK), Plus-Minus Ensemble (UK), Speak Percussion (AU) Ensemble Pamplemousse (US), We Spoke (CH), Ensemble hand werk (DE), Curious Chamber Players (SE), Athelas Sinfonietta (DK), Defunensemble (FI) among others.