Biography

Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi (b. 1982) is a composer and philosopher living in Norway. 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’s music has been performed internationally in most Nordic countries, USA, Canada, and UK.

Rebecka studied composition of music and philosophy at the University of Bergen, the University of Helsinki, Ferie Universitet Berlin, and Columbia University. She finished her doctoral degree in philosophy in the fall 2021 with the thesis Musical Composition as Lingering Reflection. Exploring the Critical Potential of Music. Further, she has taught composition at the Grieg academy in Bergen and Musikkhøgskolen in Oslo. She has also been a teacher at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen.

Today Rebecka is a member of the Arts Council Norway. She has been a committee member of “Turné og virksomhetsstøtte” since 2016, and the leader since 2018.  She was a board member of Norwegian Society of Composers from 2013 to 2018. Further, she was the board leader of the concert series Avgarde from 2019 to 2020.

Rebecka has been engaged as the house composer of KODE in Bergen for 2022. She is also the festival composer of Kaustinen Chamber Music Festival in September 2022.

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Key composers, writers, and thinkers: Salvatore Sciarrino, Morton Feldman, Theodor W. Adorno, Simone Weil, Karin Boye, Martin Buber, Søren Kierkegaard, Edith Södergran, Vibeke Tellmann