Biography

Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi (b. 1982) is a composer and philosopher based in Bergen. She was born in Finland, but moved to Norway in 2004.

Most of Rebecka’s music is written score music, often combining acoustic instruments with electronic mediums. In many of her musical works, as well as research and writing, she engages in questions that concern culture and society on a larger scale.

Rebecka also engages in issues concerning gender equality. In 2017 she started the project «Nye stemmer» in Bergen, which offered seminars and tutoring for women who wanted to compose professionally.

Rebecka studied composition of music (BA, MA) and philosophy (BA, MA, PHD) at the University of Bergen, the University of Helsinki, Ferie Universitet Berlin, and Columbia University. Further, she has taught composition at the Grieg academy in Bergen and philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen

Today Rebecka is a board member of the Arts Council Norway. She was the board leader of the concert series Avgarde from 2019 to 2020. She was also a board member of Norwegian Society of Composers from 2013 to 2018. Finally, she was a board member of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2016 to 2021.

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Key interests: Music, language, epistemology, voice, critical theory, ‘nature’

Key composers, writers, and thinkers: Salvatore Sciarrino, Kaija Saariaho, Morton Feldman, Beat Furrer, Henry Purcell, Francesca Caccini, Theodor W. Adorno, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Buber, Søren Kierkegaard, Edith Södergran, Karin Boye, Vibeke Tellmann, Lydia Goehr