Simon Steen-Andersen (b.1976) is a Danish, Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. Many works concentrates on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The works often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions.
Simon Steen-Andersen received numerous prizes and grants – i.a. the Carl Nielsen Prize (DK) and Kunstpreis Musik from Akademie der Künste in Berlin 2013, the International Rostrum of Composers, the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm Residency 2010 and the Kranichsteiner Music Award 2008. A big part of his works are commissioned by ensembles, orchestras and festivals such as ensemble recherche, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, the SWR Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, Ensemble Ascolta, The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultraschall, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik and ECLAT. Furthermore he worked with ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Collegium Novum Zürich, ICTUS, Arditti, London Sinfonietta, Oslo Sinfonietta, Intercontemporain, asamisimasa and NADAR.
Simon Steen-Andersen studied composition with Karl Aaage Rasmussen, Mathias Spahlinger, Gabriel Valverde and Bent Sørensen in Aarhus, Freiburg, Buenos Aires and Copenhagen 1998-2006. In 2013-2014 he was guest professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Since 2008 Simon Steen-Andersen is a part of the lecture group in composition at RAMA.