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Maja S. K. Ratkje

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

An outstanding, complete musical personality, as a performer, as a singer, as a composer - Matthias Pintscher to BBC 2012


Ratkje brings a feral disregard for conventional form, combined with an extravagant imagination, linking it all to a fascination with the human voice and its communicative possibilities. Her works are dramatic, engaging and wildly diverse - Financial Times 2015


Wenn Maja singt, schläft niemand- Bad Alchemy 2016


Skandinaviens i dag kanske viktigaste tonsättare (Perhaps the most important composer in Scandinavia today) - Dagens Nyheter 2012
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2018: Featured composer and performer at Sounds of Stockholm
  • 2015: Festival composer at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival
  • 2014: First performance of Paragraf 112
  • 2013: Nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize as performer
  • 2012: Composer in Residence at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
  • 2012: Cikada premieres «And Sing While Thou On Pressed Flowers Dost Sleep» at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
  • 2011: Composer in residence at Avanti! Summer Sounds
  • 2005: Concerto for Voice (moods III) world premiere in Oslo
  • 2004: Wins the Norwegian Edvard Prize
  • 2004: Festival composer at Canadian Broadcasting’s festival Soundstreams in Toronto. Portrait concert in the Glenn Gould Studio
  • 2001: Receives the Arne Nordheim Prize
  • 2000: Graduating from the Norwegian Academy of Music
  • 1999: Wins the Norwegian Edvard Prize





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