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Veronique Vaka, born in 1986, is an Icelandic-based Canadian cellist and composer. She studied classical cello performance at Vincent-d’Indy, and continued her studies in electro-acoustic composition at the University of Montreal. She completed a Master's degree in music composition, from the Iceland University of the Arts, under the guidance of Páll Ragnar Pálsson, Þuríður Jónsdóttir and Daníel Bjarnason. Veronique took a step towards a more abstract approach to her music when she started her research: From Landscape to Music Notation. The intention of her work is to create a poetic context between what she sees, hears and feels in the unspoiled nature, and combine it into a musical composition. Her composition style can be described as organic, with an emphasis on small 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, Caput Ensemble, Siggi String Quartet, Ensemble Dasein, Nordic Affect and a Violin Concerto for Una Sveinbjarnardóttir. Her works have been performed during Myrkir Músíkdagar/ Dark Music Days (2017, 2018) and Sumartónleikar í Skálholti (2018). Among upcoming projects is the release by the label Sono Luminus of Lendh with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Daníel Bjarnason.

Veronique is a member of the Society of Icelandic Composers (Tónskáldafélag Íslands) and an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre. Her works have been supported by the Artists’ Salary Fund (2019), RÚV/STEF Composers’ Fund (2018, 2019), YRKJA (2017) and the Canada Council for the Arts (2012-13). 

Veronique Vaka is currently writing a solo work for Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir and the second movement of the Violin Concerto Sceadu for Una Sveinbjarnadóttir and Caput Ensemble.


La compositrice et violoncelliste canadienne Veronique Vaka, née en 1986, est désormais établie en Islande. Formée en violoncelle à l’École Vincent-d’Indy, elle a poursuivi ses études en composition électroacoustique à l’Université de Montréal, et vient d’obtenir sa maîtrise en composition musicale de l’Iceland University of the Arts sous la tutelle de Páll Ragnar Pálsson, Daníel Bjarnason et de Þuríður Jónsdóttir. Son mémoire From Landscape to Music Notation (du paysage à la notation musicale) confirme son rapprochement d’une esthétique musicale plus abstraite, entrepris au début de ses recherches. Son intention est de créer un contexte poétique entourant ce qu’elle voit, entend et ressent dans la nature sauvage, qu’elle transpose ensuite en une composition musicale. Son style est qualifié d’organique et se caractérise par de petits éléments de rythme, de texture et de timbre.

Veronique Vaka a composer pour l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Islands, Sinfóníuhljómsveit Áhugamanna's Orchestra, l’ensemble Paramirabo, Duo Harpverk, Ensemble Synaesthesis, Ensemble Adapter, Caput Ensemble, Siggi String Quartet, Ensemble Dasein, Nordic Affect et un Violin Concerto pour Una Sveinbjarnardóttir. Ses oeuvres ont été présentées lors des festivals Myrkir Músíkdagar/ Dark Music Days (2017, 2018) et Sumartónleikar í Skálholti (2018). Parmi ses project à vernir figure la sortie de ‘Lendh’ avec l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Islande et Daníel Bjarnason sous l’étiquette de Sono Luminus.

Veronique est membre de Society of Icelandic Composers (Tónskáldafélag Íslands) et membre agréé avec le Centre de Musique Canadienne. Ses oeuvres ont été subventionnées par Artists’ Salary Fund (2019), RÚV/STEF Composers’ Fund (2018, 2019), YRKJA (2017) et le Conseil des Arts du Canada (2012-13). 

Veronique Vaka compose présentement et une oeuvre solo pour Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir et le second mouvement du Concerto pour Violon ‘Sceadu’ à l'intention d’Una Sveinbjarnardóttir et Caput Ensemble.


Erlendis, released Mai 25, 2015. Moderna Records. https://modernarecords.bandcamp.com/album/erlendis


Photo: Silvi Gentili