b. January 8, 1977, Narva
Member of the Estonian Composers’ Union since 2004
Comes from: a provincial border town
Is influenced by: H. Tulve, F. Nieder, the voices in her head
Considers important: sound colour, intuition, empathy
Is moving: towards composure
Listens to: Grisey, Sciarrino, Saariaho, Goebbels
Is interested in: the mechanics and workings of the human mind
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes is an Estonian composer of Russian origin. She grew up in border towns Narva and Ivangorod, situated at the border between Estonia and Russia. In 1995, she decided to dedicate herself to music studies in Estonia, at Georg Ots Tallinn Music School. In 1999, she continued to study composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, at first with Jaan Rääts and since her second year with Helena Tulve, obtaining later also a master’s degree under her guidance.
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes has supplemented herself in various masterclasses, including Bartók Festival (Szombathelys, Hungary), Workshop for Young Composers (Dundaga, Latvia), International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. In 2003-2004 she studied composition with Fabio Nieder at the Conservatory G. Tartini of Trieste, Italy.
In 2004, Kozlova-Johannes was awarded third place in the youth category at the International Composers Rostrum in Paris for the work "Made of Hot Glass". In 2006, Kozlova-Johannes was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis – the main award of the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, and in 2008 the Heino Eller Music Prize. In 2011, Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes’s “Disintegration Chain” was voted among the best 10 works in the general category at the International Composers Rostrum in Vienna. In 2015, she was awarded the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
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