Tebogo Monnakgotla

(born 1972 in Uppsala, resident Stockholm) started to play cello at the age of ten. 1994 she began her studies in composing and continued studying the cello at Piteå College of music. Then followed studies at the Royal College of music in Stockholm, where she finished her post-graduate diploma in 2006. Her composition teachers have been: Jan Sandström, Karolina Eiriksdottir, Lars-Erik Rosell, among others. While still studying at the Royal College of music, Monnakgotla’s work Bambu i björkars språk won the prize of recommendation in the 2006 International Rostrum of Composers, the European broadcasting-co-operations competition in contemporary music. 2006-2008 she was composer in residence at Swedish Radio. Monnakgotla composes mostly for orchestra and chamber-ensemble. She has worked with, Swedish Radio SO, with her works Naissance du Jour II and Whishing; Swedish Radio-choir with her work Naissance du Jour at the Baltic sea festival; Loa Falkman, with her work Li Po under den flygande spegeln and KammarensembleN who performed her work Bambu i björkars språk. Monnakgotla is a member of the group Inversion, containing three composers and three conductors whose goal is to spread contemporary music. Inversions debut concert was broadcasted in Radio over Europe and Swedish television made a documentary about the making of the music. Monnakgotla is especially fond of using poetry in her music and this has led to a long co-operation with poet Li Li. Other poets she has worked with are amongst others, Brazilian Olievira Silveira, Swedish Elisabet Hermodsson and Ann Jäderlund. Monnakgotla is a board member of Swedish Arts Council, Folkoperans ownership Foundation and vice-chairman of KVAST (Association of Swedish female composers).
Selected works: Vattenringar, 1996, for 6 perc; Molnsteg 1995, for mixed Coro; Det speglade , 1998, for organ; Blå  ,2001, for  wind orch; Pong, for Symphonic orch; Leenden, snöflingor, stjärnor, 2006, for S, pf; Etapp, 2004, for  vl,chit; Four musical poems, 2010, for rec, lt; A dream within a dream, for symphonic orch, Ord, 2001, for str.
Publications direction: Available at Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB and by the composer.

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