Molly Kien

(born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, residente Stockholm, Sweden) is an American/Swedish composer. She completed her Master’s degree in composition in 2009 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and holds a Bachelor’s degree in composition from Indiana University in Bloomington. She first came to Sweden in 2002 to study at the Gotland School of Music, following composition studies with Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as the Swedish Radio Choir, KammarensembleN, The Swedish Wind Ensemble, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Nordic Fusion 6, Pärlor för svin and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm’s Symphony Orchestra. Kien was chosen as the Composer of the Year by Bergslagen’s Chamber Orchestra.  They commissioned a piece, 134340 Pluto for wind orchestra, and it was premiered at the orchestra’s annual summer course in Grängesberg, Dalarna, under the direction of Leif Karlsson. She has also had commissions such as No Chaos, commissioned by Norrbotten NEO. Her pieces Dances for Ariadne, The Binding of Odysseus and Hymn for Apollo were performed by members of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the orchestra’s chamber music series. The concert was held in Grünewaldsalen at Stockholm’s Concert Hall, aired on Swedish radio and featured in a segment on Swedish television. As part of the project Nya Unga Toner (New Young Tones) with Jönköping’s Sinfonietta, Kien worked with two fifth grade classes in Huskvarna, Sweden, to compose two works for orchestra inspired by the tale The Story of Skutt the Moose and the Little Princess Tuvstarr  by Helge Kjellin and Jönköping native John Bauer.  Kien is a member of the Society of Swedish Composers (FST).
Selected works: New North American Folk Songs for ob  pf, prem. Portland, Oregon, 2011, at the Old Church, Catherine Lee, Lisa Marsh; At a Certain Hour for mandolin, harp, chit, prem. Stockholm Concert Hall 2010,  Valur Pálsson, Laura Stephenson, Mats Bergström; Landsendi, 2007, for str; Alle, 2006, for symphony orch; Nakata gör sin plikt, 2005, for fiati orch;  At a certain hour, 2010, for mand,  harp, chit; The magic drum, 2008, for 3 perc; Hildegard’s Dream ,2007, for cl, sax-a,  tr, perc, pf  vlc; Sigh, 2003, for str quartet; Daddy Longlegs of Evening, 1998, for cl, sax-a, fag, cor, vla, vlc.
Awards: STIM, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, SWEA, Kien’s piece Song of Britomartis, won first prize in the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra’s competition Plucked from Nowhere.

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