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Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes

Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes (b. 1977) is an Estonian composer. In 1995, she decided to dedicate herself to music studies in Estonia, at Georg Ots Tallinn Music School. In 1999, she continued to study composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, at first with Jaan Rääts and in her second year with Helena Tulve, obtaining a master’s degree under her guidance. Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes has supplemented herself in various masterclasses, including Bartók Festival (Szombathelys, Hungary), Workshop for Young Composers (Dundaga, Latvia), International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. In 2003–2004 she studied composition with Fabio Nieder at the Conservatory G. Tartini of Trieste, Italy.

Currently, she teaches composition at Georg Ots Tallinn Music School. In cooperation with Helena Tulve, Kozlova-Johannes has given masterclasses of “sound objects” that aim to develop and recover listening skills. Her works have been performed by several renowned collectives in Estonia and abroad, including Ensemble U:, Resonabilis, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, ICTUS, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Phoenix Basel and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. In 2004, she was awarded third place in the youth category at the International Composers Rostrum in Paris for the work Made of Hot Glass. In 2006, she was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis – the main award of the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, and in 2008 the Heino Eller Music Prize. Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes’s works have been voted among the best 10 works in the general category at the International Composers Rostrum: Disintegration Chain in 2011 in Vienna and Lighting the Fire in 2018 in Budapest. In 2015, she was awarded the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. In 2022, she was the winner of the  Lepo Sumera Composition Prize. Tatjana participated in Estonian history. A Nation Born of Shock (2018), a stage project by Estonian National Opera, Kanuti Gildi SAAL and MIMproject. In 2022, she composed a musical theatre piece etching.ash for Estonian Music Days. Tatjana worked at the Georg Ots Tallinn Music College from 2008 to 2022. From autumn 2022, she teaches composition and the history of contemporary music in Tallinn School of Music and Ballet. Together with Helena Tulve, she has held masterclasses of “sound objects”, aimed to develop and recover listening skills.