Aleksandra Bajde

Composer, performer, singer & academic researcher

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • November 17, 2021  | New work for saxophon, accordeon and piano will be premiered in the framework of New Music Forum, a contemporary music festival, at Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana (SI)
  • September 23, 2021 | Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places at Das Off Theater in Vienna (AT)
  • September 20, 2021 | Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places at Linhart Hall in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana (SI)
  • September 18, 2021 | Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places premiered at Theater am Lend in Graz (AT)
  • May 18, 2021 | kO[h] for solo voice and ensemble will be premiered by Aleksandra Bajde and Janus Ensemble at Sargfabrik in Vienna (AT)
  • April 23, 2021 | Aleksandra Bajde (voice, piano, sound objects) & Isabella Forciniti (electronics), live recording session in the framework of the project Fraufeld Vol. 3 at echoraum in Vienna (AT)
  • April 20, 2021 | A Clockwork Violin will be premiered in the framework of the Night of Slovene Composers at Knight’s Hall, Križanke in Ljubljana (SI)
  • February 19, 2021 | Concert Kollision. Freiheit. Klaustration. Aleksandra Bajde (voice, sound objects) & Isabella Forciniti (electronics) at Alte Schmiede in Vienna (AT)

ABOUT

Aleksandra Bajde is a Slovenian composer and singer living in Vienna. In her native country she studied the violin, the piano, and classical singing at the Maribor Music and Ballet Conservatory. In 2011, she graduated in Jazz Singing from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the tutelage of Sylvi Lane and Annett Andriesen. During her music studies, she was selected for an Erasmus Program at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. In 2013, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in a Bachelor’s (Honours) degree program in liberal arts and sciences (with a focus on International Relations and Sociology) from Amsterdam University College. In 2014, she completed a trilingual Master’s program in Advanced European and International Studies at the European Institute in France. In June 2018, she completed her Master’s degree in Composition with distinction at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz, where she studied under the guidance of Christoph Cech and Carola Bauckholt. Here she also pursued a Master’s degree in Jazz Singing under Elfi Aichinger. She is currently pursuing a PhD in political science at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include EU cultural diplomacy, EU cultural policy, and Europeanization.

Her music has been performed in several European countries, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands, as well as in prominent venues and festivals, i.e. Alte Schmiede, Porgy & Bess, Brucknerhaus Linz, Leicht über Linz, Crossroads Festival in Austria; November Music, Operadagen Rotterdam in the Netherlands; Cologne Opera in Germany and many more.

In 2019, she was granted a Working Scholarship for Composition as well as a “Startstipendium” for Music and Performing Arts by the Federal Chancellery of Austria. In 2020, she was awarded the Theodor Körner Förderpreis for composition and was selected for the European Music Council Fellowship Programme 2020 – 2021.

Her recent work is a hybrid of composed and improvised music that includes elements of performing art through which she discovers her personal expression. Her interest lies in exploring contrasting and diverse sound layers of various timbres and textures. She continuously expands her sound palette in her music through incorporation of unconventional singing and playing techniques, different sound objects and electronic sounds.

She works as the Office and Project Manager at the Austrian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. From September 2014 to September 2018, she served as the Project Manager and Secretary at the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras. Previously, she acquired professional experiences in diplomacy at the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in France and at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna.

INTERVIEWS & TALKS

On cultural diplomacy and contemporary music. Talk with Darja Korenčan Korez on the Radio-Television Slovenia 1 (in Slovenian) Profil: Aleksandra Bajde

Večer (in Slovenian): Aleksandra Bajde: Dunaj in Avstrija cenita umetnost

Donne 365 (in English): Meet the ComposHER: Aleksandra Bajde

mica – music austria (in German): „[Meine] Musik ist eng mit meiner Persönlichkeit verknüpft“

Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places

September 2021

ABOUT

Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places is a scenic musical work for 8 musicians, dancer, electronics and light, which was awarded with the Theodor Körner Förderpreis 2020.

Creative team
Aleksandra Bajde | Composition, voice, concept
Lili M. Rampre | Choreography, dance

in collaboration with
Isabella Forciniti | Electronics
Schallfeld Ensemble

In cooperation with ISCM-Austrian Section and NOW! Oper der Gegenwart
Funded by the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, SKE, City of Graz, and State of Styria.

Aleksandra Bajde & Isabella Forciniti

ABOUT

Aleksandra Bajde (voice, grand piano, sound objects) & Isabella Forciniti (electronics, modular synthesizers)

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duo clearobscure

ABOUT

duo clearobscure (Aleksandra Bajde & Emre Sihan Kaleli) is a contemporary music duo currently based in Vienna. Their work combines contemporary playing and singing techniques with theatrical elements and improvisation. As a duo they performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.

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