Line Tjørnhøj (b. 1960)

"Line Tjørnhøj often deals with themes that are unfamiliar in the contemporary music scene. She creates deeply expressive music for tense moral and social dilemmas, thereby giving a voice to tabooed people and subjects. Her projects, spanning cultural and musical borders, have brought about international collaborations, which is reflected in the music itself. Line Tjørnhøj is awarded the honorary award as a recognition of her contribution to expanding the field of musical expression ..."
The Carl Nielsen Prize committee

Line Tjørnhøj describes the voice as basic to the human sound universe with its immediate access to our ears and emotions. She typically deals with timeless problems and emotions via stories from our own time. She is well known for dealing with cruel subjects where men and women are challenged to the utmost as a consequence of the misuse of power in its various forms. She exploits the soothing quality and beauty of the voice to establish a space for the impossible and painful stories she has narrated in the course of her career as a composer. She works collaboratively with the performers for which her works are created, insisting that the individual elements of a performance are all interrelated.

Tjørnhøj studied composition at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus with Simon Steen-Andersen, Niels Rønsholdt and Lasse Laursen. 

She has received the prestigious Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation's Prize (2017), the three year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Composers’ Society Grant among others. Her opera Anorexia Sacra was awarded best chamber opera by the American Opera Vista Festival, 2009. 

Her works has been played by renowned ensembles and orchestras as Danish National Girls' Choir, Theatre of Voices, Göteborg Operan, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Ensemble Lydenskab, Esbjerg Ensemble amongst others. 

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