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.

He has been commissioned by acclaimed ensembles, orchestras and festivals such as Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, the SWR Orchestra, the French National Orchestra, Donaueschinger Musiktage, the ECLAT Festival and Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik. In addition to this he has received numerous grants and awards including the Kranichsteiner Music Award 2008, the International Rostrum of Composers, DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm 2010, Carl Nielsen Prize, Akademie der Künste Kunstpreis 2013, Nordic Council Music Prize 2014 and Carl Prisen 2015.

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. He currently resides in Berlin.


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Selected works

Piano Concerto (2014)

Black Box Music (2012)

Double Up (2010)

Rerendered (2003)

RunTime Error (2009)

Study for String Instrument #2 (2009)

On And Off And To And Fro (2008)

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Video art and gallery installation