Biography

Biography

Juliana Hodkinson works with instruments, objects, electronics, text, voice and visual formats. Field recordings, foley, ripped media figure alongside abstract concepts and social relations in both her live and installation works.

She has received major accolades such as the Carl Nielsen Prize, the Stuttgart Composition Prize, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation scholarship, and the Danish Arts Foundation 3-year open working grant, and she has been composer-in-residence with l'Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Mons and Odense Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Juliana Hodkinson curated Spor Festival, and in April 2014 she was guest resident at the University of Bogazici, Istanbul.

She has received commissions from ensembles, festivals and arts organisations worldwide including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Tectonics, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Interfilm Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Chamber Made Opera, Den Anden Opera, Speak Percussion, Operanord, Scenatet/Spor Festival/MaerzMusik, Borealis Festival, Esbjerg Ensemble/Klangspuren, Ensemble KNM/Transmediale/the Nordic Embassies in Berlin, Südwestdeutsche Rundfunk, Westdeutsche Rundfunk/Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Odense Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Mons, Zinc & Copper Works, Lydenskab, Sonar Quartett & Andreas Borregaard, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Aber Dabei and Phønix16.

Juliana Hodkinson studied musicology and philosophy at King’s College Cambridge, and Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield, and holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen on the subject of silence in music and sound art. She has taught composition and music/media aesthetics at the University of Copenhagen, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Technische Universität Berlin, the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg and Darmstädter Ferienkurse, as well as giving keynotes, guest lectures and workshops throughout Europe. She is presently Associate Professor in Composition at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway, and visiting lecturer in classical and electronic composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark.

Major works include ANGEL VIEW, a semi-staged sound-theatre piece in 23 scenes; ALL AROUND, for orchestra, distributed musicians and surround audio, TURBULENCE, a chamber opera for soprano, actor and electronics with a libretto by Cynthia Troup; CAN MODIFY COMPLETELY ..., for solo electric guitar and orchestra; I GREET YOU A THOUSAND TIMES, a large-scale piece for amplified orchestra and samples, developed with film by Joachim Koester; PROMPT, IMMEDIATE, NOW/ VERY RESTRAINED AND CAUTIOUS, a chamber piece with quadrophonic playback of media soundbites related to world security issues; the album FISH & FOWL, composed with fellow composer Niels Rønsholdt, and developed for live performance with visuals by Anka Bardeleben and text by Ursula Andkjær Olsen; and; LIGHTNESS, a percussion trio work for amplified matches.

Upcoming new works are in development together with Neko3, Zubin Kanga, Marsha Ginsberg, Katharina Schmidt and Neue Vocalsolisten.

Juliana Hodkinson has formerly chaired the Danish Arts Foundation and its music panels. She has been board member at the Danish Composers' Union, online music journal Seismograf and INM (Initiative Neue Musik) Berlin. She is presently on the board of the Carl Nielsen Foundation.

PHOTO: Anka Bardeleben Photography