Maja Ratkje

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Maja Ratkje
Birth name Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje
Born (1973-12-29) 29 December 1973 (age 42)
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Vocals, elektronics
Associated acts Jazzkammer

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (born 29 December 1973 in Trondheim, Norway) is a Norwegian vocalist and composer.


Ratkje studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and got her diploma in 2000. Her music is performed worldwide by performers such as Klangforum Wien, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, among others.[1]

She performs and releases music for concerts, recordings, films, installations, theatre, dance and other performances. Maja is a member of SPUNK, a Norwegian improv group, and Agrare, a performance trio consisting of the noise duo Fe-mail and the Swedish dancer Lotta Melin. She has collaborated with, among others, Jaap Blonk and Jazzkammer.[2]

Ratkje is a great source of inspiration to new experimental Norwegian musicians like Natalie Sandtorv and Torgeir Standal in The Jist duo.[3]


  • 1999: Edvardprisen in the category for contemporary music – smaller works for Waves II b[4]
  • 2001: Arne Nordheims Composer Prize[5]
  • 2001: 2nd place in the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music Russolo in Paris for composers below 30 years of age[6]
  • 2003: Recipient of an Award of Distinction in the digital musics category at this year’s Prix Ars Electronica[7]
  • 2004: Edvardprisen in the open category for No Title Performance and Sparkling Water[4]




With Fe-mail
Other collaborations
  • 2006: Banquet For King Ludwig II Of Bavaria! (from the album The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast), with Matmos
  • 2011: Wach Auf! (Øra Fonogram), with Poing
  • 2012: Treasure Hunt (TiConZero), with Ikue Mori, Simon Balestrazzi, Sylvie Courvoisier, Alessandro Olla
  • 2013: Scrumptious Sabotage (Bocian Records), with Ikue Mori
  • 2009: Solveigs Lied (TIBProd), Maskinanlegg vs. Solveig Kjelstrup[8]


  1. ^ "Maja Ratkje". Biography. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje". Biography. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  3. ^ Hareuveni, Eyal (2014-05-02). "The Jist: The Jist (2014)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje". Biography. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Maja S. K. Ratkje vant Arne Nordheims Komponistpris 2001" (in Norwegian). 2001-10-15. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Pris til Maja Ratkje" (in Norwegian). 2001-09-27. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  7. ^ "Prestigious award to Maja Ratkje". Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  8. ^ "Maja S. K. Ratkje". Discography. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 

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