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Composer, arranger, pianist, church organist, ethnomusicologist, teacher, speaker

Olga Witte is a composer, ethnomusicologist, jazz pianist, church organist, teacher, speaker and journalist.

Olga is educated advanced postgraduate diploma as composer at Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. She holds a MA in musicology and anthropology focusing on Balinese gamelan from University of Aarhus (2009), and an associate degree as organist (PO) from Vestervig College of Church Music (2007).

She composes and arranges both for her own groups and others, such as Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Abekejser, Kalaha and Moving Cirkles. Olga is a member of the Danish composers association ToneArt. She has composed and performed exceptional pieces of music, amongst them a grand concert for the 250 years aniversary for the UNESCO heritage town Christiansfeld.

In 2021 she released her first album Olga Witte Organ Trio No 1 + 2.

Olga has given speeches about Balinese gamelan around the world, at places such as Bali World Culture Forum, GRS Bergen, ICTM Ireland, ICTM Denmark. She has taught ethnomusicological subjects at University of Aarhus and The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. She has been teaching since 1994, different forms of theoretical and practical music as well as anthropology has been subjects.

Olga is organist in Langenæskirken in Aarhus.

She writes articles for the magazine, Jazz Special, amongst others she has written about gender issues in Jazz in the article "Jazz med patter" ("Jazz with tits") about which Kjeld Frandsen in Berlingske Tidende refers to as "a weighty article".

She has recieved numorous grants, amongst them from The State The Danish Art Foundation, KODA kultur, DOKS, Frobenius Fonden and Aarhus Kommune. She has won the Danish jazz award, Gaffelprisen.

Contact:

OLGA WITTE

 

Mallinggårdsvej 37, 8340 Malling, Denmark

olgawitte@gmail.com

(+45)51927043

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