Jenny Hettne is a Swedish composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, with the exploration of sound and timbre as her most important focus. She writes mainly chamber music, sometimes mixed with electronics and always in a close and innovative collaboration with the musicians. She lives in Stockholm.
Jenny was born 1977 in Göteborg. She finished her master degree in music composition at the Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg University, in 2008. Studies also include Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin (2007), Gotland School of Music Composition (2000-02) and musiciology at University of Göteborg (1998-99). She studied composition for Henrik Strindberg, Ole Lützow-Holm, Jörg Mainka and Bent Sörensen among others.
Jennys music has been performed by, among others, KammarensembleN, Gothenburg Combo, UmeDuo, Faint Noise, Ensemble Mimitabu, Gageego!, Norrbotten Neo, Duo Ego, The Peärls Before Swïne Experience, Ensemble MA!, Kennet Bohman, Jörgen Pettersson, Jonny Axelsson, Sören Hermansson and Karin Hellqvist (Sweden), Caput, Duo Harpverk, Tui Hirv (Iceland), Sori Choi (South Korea), Busan Metropolitan Traditional Orchestra (Germany), The Griffyn Ensemble (Australia), ensemble dissonArt (Greece), Pauline Kim Harris (USA), Ashley Walters & Lynn Vartan (USA) and Chamber Ensemble New Music in Ukraine. Per Tengstrand and Jönköpings Sinfonietta premiered Krusning Skiktning for piano and orchestra in 2013 and Malmö Symphony Orchestra premiered Whirli(gigue) 2017.
Wavering wood, whirling metal was premiered 2009 by icelandic Duo Harpverk (Frank Aarnink & Katie Buckley) and was released on the record “The greenhouse sessions” in 2012. In Reykjavik 2017 Duo Harpverk presented a portrait concert including Wavering wood, whirling metal, the premiere of Ting and Twine and three other solos/duos.
Bells and Tides for cello and percussion was commissioned by UmeDuo 2016 and has been performed in St Petersburg, Zürich, Basel, Baden, Geneva and Stockholm. It was also performed in Cedar City, Utah in 2017 by Ashley Walters & Lynn Vartan. The piece was selected to ISCM World Music Days in Tallinn 2019 and performed by Teemu Mastovaara & Felix Stachelhaus.
While she was dreaming for violin and electronics is the first of numerous works resulting from Jennys close collaboration with violinist Karin Hellqvist. While she was dreaming has also been performed by several other violinists, including Vlad Stankuleasa at Vårmusikfestivalen, Göteborg, Pauline Kim Harris at MATA festival, New York and Frieda Mossop at Svensk Musikvår, Stockholm.
Tinkles, clinks and heavenly metal was premiered at Klang festival, Copenhagen, in May 2013 by the trio Faint Noise: Karin Hellqvist, violin, Anna Petrini, Paetzold contrabass recorder and Malin Bång, soundobjects/ electronics. The piece was also selected to Nordic Music Days in Copenhagen 2015.
A swarm came in from the dark for violin and ensemble was premiered by Karin Hellqvist and Gageego! in March 2015 and also performed by Karin Hellqvist and Ensemble Mimitabu in 2017 and Karin Hellqvist and New European Ensemble in 2019. In 2018 the piece was awarded the Järnåker prize from Saltö Stiftelse, the biggest chamber music prize in Sweden.
Trio for traditional Korean percussion, piano and violin was premiered at Kalvfestivalen 2018 by the trio Hellqvist/Choi/Amaral. In december 2018 the piece was awarded “Special Jury Award” of the 3rd Younghi Pagh-Paan Composition Prize and performed in the chamber music hall of Berliner Philharmonie by Busan Metropolitan Traditional Orchestra.
In 2021 three premieres will take place as soon as the situation allows: Stimme aus der Ferne with Norrbotten NEO, Susurrant metal, singing rocks with Karin Hellqvist (violin) and Whose footstep is that paulownia leaf with Mårten Falk (guitar). Jenny is currently working on a piece for The Riot Ensemble, a commission resulting from winning their “Call-for-score 2020”. The piece will be premiered at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2021.