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Annika Socolofsky

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Annika Socolofsky
Born (1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 (age 34)
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
GenresContemporary classical
Instrumentsvoice, fiddle
Years active2015-present

Annika Socolofsky (born 1990.[1] in Edinburgh, United Kingdom[2]) is an American composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. Her compositions often incorporate elements of classical music, folk music, and electronic music, while exploring themes related to nature, identity, and social justice. Her vocal works, which are a significant part of her output, often include text that is drawn from poetry, folklore, and personal narratives.

Socolofsky holds a Ph.D. in Composition from Princeton University and has received numerous awards and commissions for her work, which has been performed by ensembles and orchestras around the world. Called "grotesquely gorgeous" by The Chicago Tribune[3] and "irresistibly disturbing" by Gramophone Magazine,[4] Socolofsky's has been commissioned and performed by ensembles across the United States, Canada, and Europe including the Albany Symphony[5], Knoxville Symphony Orchestra[6], Eighth Blackbird[7], Third Coast Percussion[8], New European Ensemble[9], Bang on a Can[10], Asko|Schönberg[11], St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Pultizer Arts Foundation[12], Akropolis Reed Quintet[13], ~Nois Saxophone Quartet[14], and TorQ Percussion and the Elora Singers[15]. Her music addresses themes of queer, feminist protest[16], and her vocal performance has been hailed as “just the right balance between edgy precision and freewheeling exuberance” by The Guardian[17].


Socolofsky was born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and grew up in Naperville, Illinois. She studied music composition at Carnegie Mellon University (BFA), the University of Michigan (MA), and Princeton University (PhD). Her doctoral research is on the vocal technique of Dolly Parton[18]. Her teachers included Reza Vali, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, Dan Trueman, Donnacha Dennehy, Juri Seo, and Steven Mackey.

She is a recipient of the Gaudeamus International Composers Award[19], Fromm Foundation Commission[20], Barlow Endowment Commission[21], Cortona Prize[22], ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award[23], BMI Student Composer Award[24], and Center for Humanities and the Arts Fellowship[25]

Socolofsky teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder[26] where she is an Assistant Professor of Composition .


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  2. Jahn, John (2018-03-13). "A Musical Bridge Between Two Worlds". Shepherd Express. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  3. Edgar, Hannah (December 8, 2021). "Chicago's Top 10 moments in classical music, opera and jazz that defined 2021". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  4. Vittes, Laurence (January 2023). "MUHLY Hymns for Private Use SOCOLOFSKY So Much More". Gramophone. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  5. Nash, Indiana (2017-06-29). "Meet the composers of Water Music NY". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  6. "Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Commissions 24 Solo Works". Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  7. "Alumni". Blackbird Creative Lab. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  8. "Meet our Emerging Composers!". Third Coast Percussion. 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  9. "New European Ensemble - Stargazers". Gaudeamus. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  10. "Repertoire". Bang on a Can. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  11. Hertz, TivoliVredenburg-. "Asko|Schönberg - Late night". Gaudeamus. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  12. Post-Dispatch, Fred Blumenthal Special to the. "Review: 'Live at the Pulitzer' series winds down with Socolofsky's 'feminist rager-lullabies'". Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  13. "Bright Shiny Things". Bright Shiny Things. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  14. "Review: So that was an unforgettable Ear Taxi. Chicago's 'new music' fest tried many things in its 2021 edition, here's what succeeded most". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  15. Hugill, Planet. "Unique in the Canadian cultural landscape: conductor Mark Vuorinen on the Elora Singers". Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  16. "Annika Socolofsky will turn soothing lullabies into feminist anthems at the Pulitzer". STLPR. 2022-05-17. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  17. Clements, Andrew (2020-06-04). "Daugherty: This Land Sings review – exuberant polyglot Woody Guthrie celebration". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  18. Socolofsky, Annika K. (2020). "Breaking the bel canto - straight tone false dichotomy: What composers have to learn from Dolly Parton".
  19. "Annika Socolofsky wins the Gaudeamus Award 2021". Gaudeamus. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  20. "Annika Socolofsky". Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  21. "2020 Annual Report". Barlow Endowment. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  22. "2019 Cortona Prize". Cortona Sessions for New Music. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  23. "The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2020 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards". June 8, 2020. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  24. "65th Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winners Announced:". BMI Foundation. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  25. "CHA Faculty Fellowships". Center for Humanities & the Arts. 2017-11-20. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  26. "Annika Socolofsky". College of Music. 2020-06-11. Retrieved 2023-02-05.

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