Maja Ratkje

Maja Ratkje is a composer of orchestral and electroacoustic works, an opera performer and experimental improvising artist. Living and working in Oslo, the singer has been active on many fronts since the mid-'90s. Her first solo album, simply titled Voice, came out in late 2002. Maja Ratkje studied composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and has had lessons with Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubaildulina and Richard Barrett, among others. She began her professional career as a composer of modern vocal and orchestral works. She has won international prizes, including a second prize at the 2001 Luigi Russolo electroacoustic music competition for a piece for saxophone and electronics ("Sinus Seduction") and the Arne Nordheim Prize (also in 2001). Her orchestral works have been performed and recorded by the Oslo Sinfonietta and Frode Haltli, among others. Meanwhile, Ratkje developed a parallel career in free improvisation and has performed in various festivals of experimental music and poetry.