Kristine Tjøgersen (*1982 in Oslo, Norway) compositional practice is characterized by curiosity, imagination, humor and precision, and through her work she creates unexpected auditory situations through playing with tradition. She has a special interest in the interplay between the visual and the auditory and how they affect each other.

Nature in motion and process is often reflected in her works, and collaboration with researchers and biologists is for her a source of new sound and scenic ideas, incorporating organic forms into the music.

«-By giving nature a voice in the concert hall, I want the audience to get to know valuable forms of life, and to raise awareness of what can be lost if humans continue to change nature.»

She holds a MA in composition from Anton Bruckner Universität in Linz in Austria, where she studied with Carola Bauckholt, and a MA in clarinet from the Norwegian Academy of Music where she studied with Hans Christian Bræin.

Her works have been performed by a.o. Ensemble Recherche, Klangforum Wien, Arditti Quartet, Pinquins, SWR and WDR Symphonieorchester, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at festivals like ECLAT, Ultraschall, Wien Modern, Tectonics, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik and Ultima festival.

In 2019-20 she was a fellow at Akademie der Künste in Berlin, and in 2020 she received Arne Nordheim`s Composer Prize, as well as the Pauline Hall Prize for her orchestra piece Bioluminescence. In 2021 she was awarded with “work of the year” from the Norwegian Society of Composers for her Piano Concerto. In 2022 she won the International Rostrum of Composers in Palermo and in 2023 the winner of Coup de Coeur des Jeunes Mélomanes from Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco for her orchestra work Between Trees.

As clarinettist she has performed at many of the major European new music festivals
with the award winning ensembles Ensemble neoN, Tøyen Fil og Klafferi and asamisimasa.

A portrait of Kristine Tjøgersen - trailer from Ultima Contemporary Festival on Vimeo.