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Simon Steen-Andersen   (Born 1976)

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Simon Steen-Andersen belongs to the youngest generation of Danish composers, but he has already made his mark both on the Danish scene and abroad. Simon Steen-Andersen is one of the most innovative composers and states that he is "trying to approach the human behind the instrument, because then music can be about everything that is most important: communication, being, fragility and intimacy". Despite his young age, he has lived and studied in such diverse places as Aarhus, Paris, Freiburg, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen and Rome.

Simon Steen-Andersen has been granted a one-year residency under the DAAD program in Berlin (2010). Simon Steen-Andersen's oeuvre primarily encompasses works for small constellations, but also includes works for larger ensembles, orchestras, electronics and various multi-media setups.

In his latest works, barely audible sounds are subjected to extreme amplification: as if the instruments are placed under a microscope. This opens up a rich micro-world of new sounds, in which normally suppressed or hidden subordinated sounds are integrated into an intense imagery of sounds.  

The young composer first drew attention in 2000, when he won a national composer competition with his String Quartet. This presented a gestic and extrovert universe, and since then his music has moved in the direction of extremely hushed nuances, which at the same time maintain the colourfully complex and energetic virtuoso expression. Simon Steen-Andersen was Composer in focus during the Ultraschall Festival für neue Musik in januar 2011.

Read more about the artist here: www.simonsteenandersen.dk

 

Live Dates

29/10/2014   Simon Steen-Andersen receives Nordic Council Music Prize
Komponisten Simon Steen-Andersen modtager Nordisk Råds Musikpris for værket ”Black Box Music", som samtidig udkommer på DVD
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24/03/2013   Spellemannsprisen 2013 til "Pretty Sound"
Simon Steen-Andersen og asamisimasa modtager den norske Spellemannspris for albummet "Pretty Sound"
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07/02/2011   CD recommendations of the month: Composer Simon Steen-Andersen
Composer Simon Steen-Andersen reveals which music in Dacapo's collection of a good 500 albums has made the biggest impression on him.
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01/04/2011   Neue Zeitschrift für Musik

Simon Steen-Andersen: Pretty Sound - Solo and chamber works
4/5 Stars

"Bei Steen-Andersen trifft sich Cage mit Lachenmann, wenn man so will, und die schmutzigen, hybriden Ergebnisse seiner Zoom-Techniken lassen aufhorchen"
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24/03/2011   Dagbladet

Simon Steen-Andersen: Pretty Sound - Solo and chamber works
"I sum presenterer plata lyd som poesi: vart og sildrande, robust og leikent, og innbyd til lytting om og om igjen."
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11/02/2011   Politiken

Simon Steen-Andersen: Pretty Sound - Solo and chamber works
5/6 Hjerter

"Cd'en er en dybt fascinerende introduktion til den unge danske komponist, der lige nu, mere end nogen anden i sin generation, viser vejen frem."
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01/02/2011   David's Review Corner

Simon Steen-Andersen: Pretty Sound - Solo and chamber works
"Listen, be pleased, annoyed or just purely inquisitive"
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04/10/2010   DR P2

DR P2 Prize 2010 – Lyt til Nyt Release of the Year Nominee

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01/05/2010   Klassisk

getString
4 Stars

"Man bliver mødt af en herlig legesyge og myriader af spidsfindigheder lige til at gå på opdagelse i."
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Discography

Black Box Music
Black Box Music
Simon Steen-Andersen

DVD 2.110413 (2014)

Burst
Burst

CD 8.226572 (2014)

Pretty Sound - Solo and chamber works
Pretty Sound - Solo and chamber works
Simon Steen-Andersen

CD 8.226523 (2011)

Profoundly original and humorous sound-games from the great composing talent of the youngest Danish generation. Simon Steen-Andersen.

getString
getString
Voigt-Lund, Riis, C.W. Christensen, Holmen, Steen-Andersen, Christensen

CD 8.226530 (2010)

String quartet meets electronica - the result is effortless, virtuoso and colourful music


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