Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes

b. January 8, 1977, Narva
Member of the Estonian Composers’ Union since 2004

Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes is an Estonian composer. 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 College. 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 (Szombathely, 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 Giuseppe Tartini of Trieste, Italy.

From 2008 to 2022, Kozlova-Johannes taught composition at the Georg Ots Tallinn Music College, from 2022 she teaches at MUBA. In cooperation with Helena Tulve, Kozlova-Johannes carries on masterclasses of „sound objects“ that aim to develop and recover the listening skills.

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 2010, her "Dimension of Quiescence" was chosen for the programme of the ISCM festival in Australia. Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes’s works have been voted among the best 10 works in the general category at the International Composers Rostrum: "Disintegration Chain" in 2011 in Vienna and  "Lighting the Fire" in 2018 in Budapest. In 2015, she was awarded the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. In 2022, Kozlova-Johannes received the Lepo Sumera Composition Prize.

Kozlova-Johannes has received commissions from many musicians, and her works have been performed by several renowned collectives in Estonia and abroad, including Resonabilis, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, ICTUS, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Phoenix Basel and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. She has developed a special collaboration with Ensemble U:.

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