Veronique Vaka

Veronique Vaka, born in 1986, is a composer based in the southern region of Iceland. She studied classical cello performance at the Vincent-d’Indy Music School in Montreal and continued her studies in electro-acoustic composition at the University of Montreal, then completing a Master's degree in music composition at the Iceland University of the Arts. Her orchestral work ›Lendh‹ was nominated for The Icelandic Music Awards 2020 as Composition of the Year, and for the 2020 Nordic Council Music Prize. Veronique Vaka took a step towards a more abstract approach to her music when she started her research on ›From Landscape to Music Notation‹. The intention of her work is to create a poetic context between what she sees, hears and feels in unspoiled nature and combine it into a musical composition. Her composition style can be described as organic, with an emphasis on details such as rhythmic, textural, and timbral elements. Veronique Vaka has composed works for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Sinfóníuhljómsveit Áhugamanna's Orchestra, Ensemble Paramirabo, Duo Harpverk, Ensemble Synaesthesis, Ensemble Adapter, Elektra Ensemble, Caput Ensemble, Siggi String Quartet, Ensemble Dasein and Nordic Affect, a Violin Concerto for Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and a cello concerto for Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir. Her works have been performed during Tónlistarhátíð Rásar 1 (2020), Kammermúsíkklúbburinn (2020), Myrkir Músíkdagar/ Dark Music Days (2018, 2019, 2020) and Sumartónleikar í Skálholti (2018). One of her upcoming projects is writing a work for solo viola and chamber orchestra for Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir and Kammersveit Reykjavíkur. Veronique Vaka is a member of the Society of Icelandic Composers (Tónskáldafélag Íslands) and an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre. Her orchestral pieces ›Lendh‹ and ›Gemæltan‹ are published by Universal Edition via Scodo.