About Micaela Hoppe

Micaela Hoppe (born in 1965) lives in Västra Ämtervik, Värmland, Sweden. She grew up in Jakobsberg, a suburb of Stockholm. She has always been composing through the years.  At the age of 19 she had "Scirocco" - her first piece for symphonie orchestra - premiered.

 

She wrote the wind quintet 'Dagg och regn' (Dew and Rain) in 2007 for the Bergslagen Chamber Orchestra. It was performed again at the Fredrikhavn Chamber Music Festival later that year.

 

Composer of the Year

In 2008 she received the award Composer of the Year from the Bergslagen Chamber Orchestra, which meant performances of several chamber music pieces in addition to 'Hav' (Ocean) for symphony orchestra. This also became the starting point for several commissions for orchestral works and chamber music.

 

Film music

In 2012 she received a grant from Tillväxtverket (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) for the development of projects with film music.

 

In cooperation with filmmaker Evelyn Frankel they arranged the exhibition Frankel & Hoppe in April 2014. The exhibition showed their united works, for example the art video project 'Okänt land' (Land of the Unknown) work-in-progress. With support from Region Värmland and in cooperation with Konstfrämjandet Värmland 'Okänt land' was completed and the premiere took place in March 2016 at Värmland Museum.

 

I Solisti Veneti

Out of 140 contributions from female composers from 26 different countries, the italian chamber orchestra I Solisti Veneti chosed to premiere Micaela Hoppes 'Blue Mountains Shimmer in Backlight' on the 8th of March 2016 in Padova, Italy.  This event brought great attention in media to Micaela Hoppe as a composer.

 

2016 and ahead

In November 2016 M. Hoppe recieved an award on 10.000 SEK from the Bengt Axelsson culture foundation with the motivation "For her art to transform Värmland into beautiful music". The beneficiaries are chosen by the association Värmlandslitteratur.

 

During 2016 and 2019 she has been working on a major project together with the composer /violinist Lars Audun Hadland, where Dante The Divine Comedy has been set into music.


At the moment she is working together woth the dramaist Christoffer Bocker in a musical drama  for five soloists, two choires and ensemble. The premiere was planned to take place at the cathedral in Karlstad during springtime 2021. Due to the corona-pandemi it has been delayed.


(September 2020)

Some reviews

"The music by Micaela Hoppe is expressive and emotionally strong. It is rare to hear new music compositions with such a strong melodic line as this. The instrumentation is made in a confident way. There is a nice contrast between the orchestra repeating the sound as a kind of motor and the free soloist."


(Review in Dala-Demokraten 2009-05-25 about "Till klarhet" (eng. Insight).)




"The music piece and the composer was a nice acquaintanceship. With a traditional musical language she makes the music naturally flow into new ideas, one after the other. It is like the inner context of the music makes the piece stick togeteher. Fascinating!"


(Review in NorrBottens-kuriren 2010-10-11 about "I en gåtfull tid" (eng. In a time of Mysteries).)



"The music piece reflects the different characters of the ocean. It is traditionally notated in the score and there is a stable pulse throughout the different parts. Some times the sound is very traditional, just to turn modern the very next second. The music piece is really interesting in many ways and I find myself thinking of how this could be marketed so that other symphony orchestras could get the opportunity to play it.


The calm parts reflects the peacefulnes of a tranquil ocean, while the more intensive parts on the other hand are stormy and powerful. The waves seem to move fast and strong towards the rocks and the orchestra is really succesful in creating the right atmosphere."


(Review in Nya Ludvika Tidning 2008-07-21 about "Hav" (eng. Ocean).)