She studied musicology and philosophy at King’s College in Cambridge, Japanese studies at the University of Sheffield, and holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen on the subject of silence in music and sound art. She studied composition with Per Nørgård and Hans Abrahamsen, and resided for many years in Denmark. She currently lives in Berlin.
Her work ranges from chamber music and intimate semi-staged object pieces to large-scale electroacoustic orchestral works, and often involves visual or theatrical elements. Installations, electronic performances, field recordings, samples, text, foley, and soundtracks for fashion videos also figure in her recent work. This set of interests has led her to develop collaborative practices spanning ad-hoc freelance and large institutional frameworks, including with the Danish ensemble Scenatet (formerly Ensemble 2000), Australian interdisciplinary arts group Aphids, and Kammerensemble Neue Musik, Berlin.
Her music has been commissioned by many ensembles, festivals and arts organisations worldwide including Konzerthaus Berlin, Interfilm Festival in Berlin, Chamber Made Opera in Melbourne, Den Anden Opera and Operanord in Copenhagen, Spor Festival in Aarhus, Berlin Festival, SWR, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Mons, Scenatet, Zinc & Copper Works, Lydenskab, Kammerensemble Neue Musik, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Tectonics, Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Speak Percussion, MaerzMusik, Borealis Festival, Esbjerg Ensemble/Klangspuren, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Sonar Quartett & Andreas Borregaard, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Aber Dabei, Phønix16, and Ars Nova.
She has held residencies in Japan (Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation) and Belgium (Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes), with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, and in April 2014, she was guest resident at the University of Boğazici, Istanbul. In 2015 she received the Carl Nielsen Award, one of Denmark’s highest artistic accolades. She chaired the Danish Foundation for the Arts and was a member of the board of the Danish Composers’ Union and the Initiative Neue Musik in Berlin. Currently she is active at the Carl Nielsen Foundation.
Selected works (since 2005): Befall, preludes for four instruments (2005), I Greet You a ousand Times for orchestra and video (2005), Ikke et hjem for baritone, guitar and playback (2007), We’d Just Got Back from Outer Space, When There Was a Knock at the Kitchen Door for two shengs, large orchestra and playback (2008), Scrape for cello with metal plate (2009), When the Wind Blows for piano and toys (2009), Transformation, soundtrack (2010), Fish & Fowl, album and stage project (2010), Zeit Recht Pflicht Bedürfnis Raum Freude und Sehnsucht for contrabass clarinet and electronics (2010), As We Know for speaker, percussion, violin and cello (2010), Play for brass and electronics (2010), Rückspiegel: eine Hörsituation for baritone, chamber ensemble and youth groups (2011), Versprengung for voice and instruments to a film by Ulrich Polster (2011), All My Friends Really Are Superheroes for horn and electronics (2011), Cozy Up, soundtrack (2011), The Priest and the Shell for electronics (2012), Allerleirauhfor electronics (2012), Prompt, immediate, now / very restrained and cautious for clarinet, percussion, viola, cello and electronics (2013), Ten Minutes Older for electronics (2013), Third-Millennium Heart for trumpet, electric guitar, toy piano, percussion and electronics (2013), Turbulence, opera for soprano, actor and live electronics (2013), Angel View for ensemble and electronics (2014), Is There Something You Can Tell Us for string quartet (2014), Ring a Ring for piano and pocket piano (2014), Paperweight Arcade, performance with electronics (2014), ...can modify completely / in this case / not that it will make any difference... for electric guitar and orchestra (2015), Lightness for percussion trio (2015), Mythology Room, installation (2015), Stoneship, installation (2015), Play On for horn, trombone, tuba and electronics (2015), Im gegenwärtigen Tempo for trio and electronics (2015), Nothing Breaking the Loosing, installation (2016), (something in capitals) for voices and instruments (2017), X & X (with Niels Rønsholdt, 2017), Afgang 04.00, sound theatre (2017), And have now forgiven everything for accordion and string quartet (2018), Thresh for three musicians and video (2018), Pass for saxophone, accordion, double bass, sound objects and audience (2018), Angel View: the Movie, film installation (2018), On/Off, electronic installation (2019), All Around for surround orchestra and electronics (2019), Love, stage work for voices, ensemble and electronics (2019), Recorded Delivery Video Postcard 26, performance (2019), Grenzland for 12 voices (2020).