Dec 2015 – Aprl 2018: Research Scholarship in composition, The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen

2013-*: Doctoral student, philosophical aesthetics, University of Helsinki
__Sept 2015-Dec 2015: Columbia University
__Febr 2014-Nov 2015, University of Bergen
__2013-, University of Helsinki

2013: Completed Master’s degree in composition of music, The Grieg Acedemy, University of Bergen
2010: Completed Bachelor’s degree in composition of music, The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen

2010: Completed Master’s degree in philosophy, University of Bergen
2007: Completed Bachelor’s degree in cultural sciences, specializing in philosophy, University of Bergen

April 2009 – September 2009: Freie Universitet Berlin
Studies in German

September 2002 – May 2004: University of Helsinki
Studies in philosophy, aesthetics, Latin and French

Teachers/ Supervisors/ Master classes (music):

Morten Eide Pedersen, Helmut Lachenmann, Christian Wolff, Michael Finissy, Karen Tanaka, Bent Sørensen, Mathias Spahlinger, Kaija Saariaho, Magne Hegdal, Anna Lindahl, Henrik Hellstenius, Natasha Barrett

Teachers/ Supervisors (philosophy, phd)

Arto Haapala, Lydia Goehr, Arnfinn Bø-Rygg, Hans-Marius Hansteen, Vibeke Tellmann

Commissions and scholarships:

2018: A quintet for International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), commissioned by Borealis – Kulturrådet
2017: “Opera Trailer: Beyoncé and Beyond”, a mini-opera, commissioned by Bergen Nasjonale Opera
2017: “Wutherin Modes (not moods)” for string quartet, commissioned by Ultima
2017: “Bolero” for prepared piano el. guitar, violin, percussion and accordion, commissioned by Avgarde – Komponistfondet
2017: A stipend, composition – TONO
2016: “Vestlandskollasj”, an acousmatic work, commissioned by Electric Audio Unit – Kulturrådet
2016: “The Pillow Book” for choir, tuba, and percussion, commissioned by Collegium Musicum – Kulturrådet
2016: A stipend, composition – TONO
2015: “Utopia500”, composing the sound scape for a 3D-video-installation, commissioned by North Sea Production – Kulturrådet
2015: Travel scholarship to Columbia University, fall 2015 –  Meltzer
2015: A scholarship for a composition – TONO
2015: A work for voice, hardingfela and flute, commissioned by Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe – Komponistfondet
2014: “Encounters” for two voices and two percussionists, commissioned by Ny Musikk Bergen – Kulturrådet
2014: Electroacoustic work, commissioned by BEK – Norsk Komponistfond
2014: “Banalala”, a sound file composition, commissioned by Ny Musikk Oslo, Only Connect festival
2013: “Olipa kerran eräs jumala”, avantgarde heavy metal, commission from Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe – Kulturrådet
2013: “Muse’s Puzzle” for Concert band, commissioned by Sjøforsvarets musikkorps – Kulturrådet
2013: “Det osynliga barnet” for voice, percussion, and tape – Komponistenes Vederlagsfond
2012: “Triangulation” for percussion, guitar, and prepared piano, commissioned by Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe – Norsk Komponistfond
2012: UD/ MIC, travel scholarship, Nu:nord in Canada, Montreal
2012: Meltzer, travel scholarship, Nu:nord in Canada, Montreal
2012: “Delicate Maneuvers” for bass clarinet and cello – Komponistenes Vederlagsfond
2011: “O viridissima virga” for two female voices – Komponistenes Vederlagsfond

Board membership:

2016-* Art Council Norway, member of the committee “Musikere og musikkensembler”, leader from 2018.
2016-* Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
2013-* Norsk Komponistforening
2012-2013 Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe

Work experience (only the most relevant):

2017-*: Teacher at the Norwegian Academy of Music, “Composition and improvisation”; from 31st Aug to 26th October
2015-*: University teacher at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, lectures and individual tuition in composition
2015-2017: University teacher at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, “Contemporary compositional techniques for performing musicians”
2011-2014: Producer and general manager of the concert series AVGARDE, Bergen
2010-2014: University teacher at the University of Bergen, teaching the courses Academic writing and Examen Philosophicum, an engagement of 45-90% each fall.
Autumn 2009, autumn 2010 Research assistant at Music therapy, the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen
Autumn 2007, spring 2009: Substitute teacher in philosophy in Finland: Kaurialan- og Lyseon lukio (high schools)

Published Writings:
Ahvenniemi, R.S.: “Finnes det et ‘male gaze’ i musikken?“. In: Ballade, 21.11.2017 [21.2.2018]
Ahvenniemi, R.S.: Valgstafett. In: Ballade, 8.9.2017 [14.9.2017]
Ahvenniemi, R.S.: “Bergensskolen – finnes den?” In: Hundre års utakt, Komponistforeningen, Grappa Musikkforlag AS, 2017
Ahvenniemi, R.S.: “Bergensskolen. Den stille og drøftende musikken.” In: Ballade, 22.4.2016,  [21.11.2016]
Ahvenniemi, R.S.: “Composition in Essay Form. In Memory of Morten Eide Pedersen”. In: Studia Musicologica Norvegica, 1-2015, pp. 127-141
Ahvenniemi, R.S.: “Le vin herbé – En flaskepost fra 1941“. In: Scenekunst, 25.2.2014, [1.10.2014]
Ahvenniemi, R. S.: “Språk, stemme og kropp. Et essay om språkfilosofi og vokalmusikk, og hva som kan skje i møtet mellom dem”. In: Lydskrift, Sept-2013, [21.11.2013]
Ahvenniemi, R.S.: “Sannhet som kunst: Om å lese Heidegger og Adorno”. In: Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift, 3-2011, pp. 225-237
Ahvenniemi, R. S.: “Sannhet som kunst: En presentasjon av sannhetsbegrepene til Martin Heidegger og Theodor W. Adorno”. I: Årbok 2010. Bergensnettverket for kvinner i filosofi, 2011, pp. 29-44
Ahvenniemi, R. S.: “Hva er et tre? – Om Theodor W. Adorno, språk og natur”. In: Replikk, vol.30, 2010, pp. 19-27

Participation in Public Panels:
_13th March 2018
: “Musikk i språk”, arranged by Litteratur på blå; Participants: Vibeke Andrea Tellmann and Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi; Discussion lead by: Ola Mile Bruland
_29th May 2017: “Talking Balance with Kaija Saariaho”, arranged by Festspillene 2017; Participants: Kaija Saariaho, Rune Rebne, and Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi; Discusson lead by Peter Meanwell
_7th March 2017: “Komponist og kvinne”,
 arranged by Studentersamfunnet i Bergen; Participants: Astrid Kvalbein, Cecilie Ore, Rube Rebne og Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi; Discussion lead by Susanne Lohne Iversen

Language skills:
English: Excellent
Finnish: Mother tongue
French: Basic
Norwegian: Excellent
Swedish: Mother tongue
German: Good

(The languages are in an alphabetic order. The scale is: Mother tongue – Excellent – Good – Basic)