Simon Steen-Andersen (b. 1976)
Simon Steen-Andersen is a Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. The works often concentrates on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The setups often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions.
Simon Steen-Andersen has recieved nomerous prizes and grants - latest the Nordic Council Music Prize 2014 and the SWR Orchestra Prize 2014, The Carl Prize 2015 and the Kunstpreis Musik from Akademie der Kunste in Berlin 2013, the International Rostrum of Composers, the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm Residency 2010, The Carl Nielsen Prize and the Kranichsteiner Music Award 2008. Member of the German Academy of the Arts, 2016.
Works commissioned by ensembles, orchestras and festivals such as Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, the SWR Orchestra, Ensemble Ascolta, Jack Quartet, Oslo Sinfonietta, 2e2m, the French National Orchestra, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultraschall, ECLAT, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik. Futhermore he worked with ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Collegium Novum Zürich, ICTUS, Arditti, London Sinfonietta, Intercontemporain, asamisimasa and NADAR.
Simon Steen-Andersen was born in 1976 and studied composition with Karl Aage Rasmusen, Bent Sørensen, Mathis Spahlinger and Gabriel Valverde in Denmark, Germany and Argentina. Since 2008 he has been a lecturer in composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark. In 2013-14 he was lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer Courses.