Annika Socolofsky

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

Annika Socolofsky (born 1990[1] in Edinburgh, United Kingdom[2]) is an American composer and avant folk vocalist. 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 Orchestra|Albany Symphony[5], Knoxville Symphony Orchestra[6], Eighth Blackbird[7], Third Coast Percussion[8], New European Ensemble[9], Bang on a Can[10], Schönberg[11], St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Pultizer Arts Foundation>, Akropolis Reed Quintet[12], ~Nois Saxophone Quartet, and TorQ Percussion and the Elora Singers. Her music addresses themes of queer, feminist protest, and her vocal performance has been hailed as “just the right balance between edgy precision and freewheeling exuberance” by The Guardian.


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. 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, Fromm Foundation Commission, Cortona Prize, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, BMI Student Composer Award, and Center for Humanities and the Arts Fellowship.

Socolofsky is an Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Colorado Boulder.


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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. "Bright Shiny Things". Bright Shiny Things. Retrieved 2023-02-05.

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