Nicoline Soeter writes music of a dreamy sonic beauty. Her vocal lines have a spatial purity that evokes the elegant music of Hildegard von Bingen.
'Writing regularly for singers has made my work more personal. The intimacy of the voice and the identification with a singer for whom the body itself is the instrument, moved me to do so. On the one hand, I see sound textures and sound impulses as an objective language that carries beauty in itself and does not have to represent anything else. On the other hand, music is able to communicate emotion in a very direct way in friction or resonance, in energy or unexpected openings.'
At the moment she is writing a piece called 'Luminescence' for the Dutch Ensemble Nieuw Amsterdams Peil. Premiere date: 25 September at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam. In 2020 Nicoline Soeter has composed new works for soprano Juliet Fraser & Explore Ensemble (comissioned by November Music) and mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj.
Nicoline Soeter is artistic leader of 'Ensemble VONK' with soprano Rianne Wilbers. As composer and artistic director she works directly with the musicians, or as a cocreator in productions with other composers and theatre makers. More information: www.ensemblevonk.nl
NRC: 'Soeter is at her best in gritty sound fields. Think: humming electronics and squealing brake discs as a background for Pete Harden's swelling guitar of and Tom Sanderman's searing sax . If gravel and sandy soil had a sound, this would be it.'