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.

In many of her musical works, as well as research and writing, she engages in questions that concern the culture and society implicitly present in the work of art, encounters between the traditional and the liberal, social inequality and the social space present in music. In the recent years she has engaged in a wide exploration of contextual thinking around musical composition, and the rituals that are present where music is engaged.

Most of Rebecka’s music is written score music, often combining acoustic instruments with electronic media. In addition, she has composed several acousmatic works for spatialised surround sound, using Ambisonics as a tool.

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

Rebecka has been a board member of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2016 and the board leader of the concert series Avgarde. She was also the board member of the Norwegian Society of Composers from 2013 to 2018.  She was a member of the committee of “Musikere og musikkensembler” in Arts Council Norway from 2016 to 2017, and the leader of this committee in 2018.

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Key interests: Music, language, epistemology, voice, body, critical theory, repressive structures and mechanisms of the society, gender equality, nature, the “other”

Key composers, writers, and thinkers: Salvatore Sciarrino, Kaija Saariaho, György Ligeti, Luigi Nono, John Cage, Beat Furrer, Henry Purcell, Hildegard von Bingen, Theodor W. Adorno, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Buber, Hermann Hesse, Charlotte Brontë, Arnfinn Bø-Rygg, Arild Linneberg, Edith Södergran, Karin Boye, Vibeke Tellmann, Lydia Goehr