Kristin Norderval

  • Composer
  • Performer (soprano)


Kristin Norderval is a performer, composer and improviser whose career has been two-fold; combining both vocal performance and composition. Her credits as a soprano soloist include performances with the Oslo Sinfonietta, Philip Glass Ensemble, Netherlands Dance Theater, and the San Francisco Symphony, and her discography as a recording artist include numerous works by contemporary composers such as Eve Beglarian, David Lang, Tania León and Annea Lockwood.

As a composer, Norderval focuses primarily on the nuances of the human voice and the exploration of human-machine interaction. Commissions include works for Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen, the BucharEast.West International Dance Festival in Romania, Jill Sigman/thinkdance in New York City, and the viol consort Parthenia. A two-time recipient of the Norwegian Artist’s Stipend, and a 2005 recipient of the Henry Cowell Award from the American Music Center, Norderval has also received support from the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Harvestworks, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her compositions are featured on the Deep Listening, Koch International, and Everglade Records labels. Her latest solo CD — Aural Histories (post-ambient arias for voice and electronics) — was chosen by The New Yorker’s classical music critic Alex Ross as one of “Ten Notable Classical Music Recordings of 2012”.

Norderval was a co-founder and vocalist/laptop performer in the electro-acoustic chamber music duo ZANANA, a vocalist in Pauline Oliveros’ free improvisation quintet The New Circle Five, and is currently a member of the New York based new music group Ensemble Pi.


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