composer, performer, musician

Alexandra Nilsson / Solovkina (b. 1979) is a composer, musician and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden

Her work stretches across acoustic and electroacoustic music, sound art, noise and performative practices. Lyrical as well as brutal, minimalist and maximalist, her art extends the very delicate and subtle expressions to the harsh and fierce. She researches materials aurally, visually and contextually, and she is interested in organic and non-organic processes and transformations and transcendence of the material. With a background as a trumpeter in jazz and folklore, energy movement, rhythm and improvisation are also important aspects of her practice.

In 2010 she received a Masters Degree in composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Her Master focused on music for film and she is continuously interested in interactions between sound and image and narrative aspects.

She has composed for chamber ensemble, Big band and orchestra, as well as for theatre, dance and film, and she collaborates on a regular basis with visual artists and musicians/performers internationally with performances in Sweden, Germany, Norway, Japan, Russia and Brazil.


Ongoing collaborations:

SISTERLOOPS – performative sound art and noise duo with stage artist Marie Gavois
SHAPES OF SOUNDS – audiovisual duo with visual artist Jenny Soep
RADIO TWO – electroacoustic duo with trumpeter and improviser Susana Santos Silva

She is a board member of SKAP, (Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) STIM(Swedish Performing Rights Society) and Sound of Stockholm, (yearly festival for contemporary and experimental music). Member of FST, (Society of Swedish Composers) Fylkingen, (an artists´ society and the main scene of experimental music and intermedia art in Stockholm since 1933) Konstmusiksystrar, Kvast, ISCM, and SEAMS. She works on a regular basis at EMS, (Elektronmusikstudion) the center for Swedish electroacoustic music and sound art.

2008-2010 Master´s Degree in filmscoring at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
2005-2008 Bachelor´s Degree in Jazz composition at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
2002-2004 Instituto Superior de Arte, Havanna, Cuba. Music studies.
1998-2000 Fridhems Folk High School. Studies in jazz and composition.
1995-1998 Södra Latins Music College, Stockholm.

Grants and Scholarships (In SEK)
2020 Musikverket 255 000. Stone Breath – Collaboration project with KAI-EN Butoh Company.
Musikverket 95 000. Collaboration project with Marie Gavois.
Helge Axelsson Johnsons Stiftelse 40 000 
2019 Swedish Arts Council 30 000. Commission by Stockholms Wind Orchestra in collaboration with Konstmusiksystrar.
2018 Musikverket 96 200. Shapes of Sounds workshop project.
2018 Swedish Arts Grants Committee 50 000. Working Grant.
2017 Swedish Arts Grants Committee 80 000. Collaboration project with Susana Santos Silva
2016 FST 50 000. Composers´ scholarship.
2016 Helge Axelsson Johnsons Stiftelse 15 000. Composers´ scholarship.
2014 Langemanska Kulturfonden 20 000. Collaboration project with Marie Gavois.
2013 Musikverket 100 000. For Composers Collective Tonmakeriet.
2012 Swedish Arts Council 30 000. Commission for Stockholms Saxophone Quartet.
2009 STIM 25 000. Composers´ scholarship.
2009 Byggnads Kulturstipendium 15 000. Composers´ scholarship.
2009 Sandrews stipendium 30 000. Composers´ scholarship.
2008 Helge Axelsson Johnsons Stiftelse 20 000. Composers´ scholarship.
2008 Cedergrens uppfostringsfond 10 000. Composers´ scholarship.
2008 Kungliga Musikhögskolan 5000 Scholarship from The Royal College of Music.
2007 SKAP 40 000. Composers´ scholarship.
2002 Gålöstiftelsen 12 000. Composers´ scholarship.