Victoria Borisova-Ollas

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Victoria Borisova-Ollas
Born (1969-12-21) December 21, 1969 (age 52)
Era20th century, Contemporary.
Known forWings of the Wind awarded 2nd Prize in Masterprize International Composition Competition
Notable work
Selected works list
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Victoria Borisova-Ollas (born 21 December 1969, Vladivostok) is a Russian-Swedish composer who first received international recognition for her symphonic poem Wings of the Wind which won second prize in the 1998 Masterprize International Composition Competition in the UK.[1][2]

She has composed two symphonies, Symphony No. 1 "The Triumph of Heaven"[3] and Symphony No. 2 "Labyrinths of Time".[4]

Her opera The Ground Beneath Her Feet, with a libretto written by Edward Kemp, is an adaptation of the novel of that name by Salman Rushdie. The premiere at Bridgewater Hall during the 2007 Manchester International Festival was narrated by Alan Rickman, conducted by Mark Elder, and featured a film component by Mike Figgis.[5][6]

Since 2008 she has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.[7]

Prizes and awards[]

  • 1997 - Royal Swedish Academy of Music scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London
  • 1998 - Second place in the Masterprize International Composing Competition for Wings of the Wind[1]
  • 2000 - The Society of Swedish Composers scholarship
  • 2005 - The Christ Johnson Prize (Christ Johnson-prisen) minor award for Symphony No. 1 The Triumph of Heaven[8]
  • 2006 - TCO Culture Award (awarded jointly)
  • 2008 - Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award
  • 2008 - Music Publishers Award (Musikförläggarna) for The Ground Beneath Her Feet
  • 2009 - The Rosenberg Prize (Hilding Constantin Rosenberg prize)
  • 2010 - Music Publishers Award (Musikförläggarna) for Golden Dances of the Pharaohs
  • 2011 - Christ Johnson Award (Christ Johnson-prisen) Grand Prize of the Golden Dances of the Pharaohs
  • 2016 - The Stockholm Music Association (Musikföreningen i Stockholm) Choir-composer Scholarship
  • 2017 - Expressen's Spelmannen Award for 2016[9]
  • STIM's Scholarship - 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003

Selected works[]


  • Image – Reflection (1994) for 2 violins and orchestra
  • A Shadow of the Night (1995) for orchestra
  • Octagon (1996) for piano and orchestra
  • Schreitende Alléen (1997) for orchestra
  • Wings of the Wind (1997) for orchestra
  • Symphony No.1 The Triumph of Heaven (2003) for orchestra
  • Colours of Autumn (2002) for orchestra
  • The Kingdom of Silence (2003) for orchestra
  • Before the Mountains Were Born (2005) for woodwind and orchestra
  • Open Ground (2006) for orchestra
  • Angelus (2008) for orchestra
  • Golden Dances of the Pharaohs (2010) for clarinet and orchestra
  • Träumerei (2010), transcription for symphony orchestra of a piano piece by Robert Schumann
  • Wunderbare Leiden (2010) fantasy on themes by Robert and Clara Schumann for two pianos and symphony orchestra

Large ensemble[]

  • Keter (2003) for 12 saxophones
  • Creation of the Hymn (2013) for string orchestra

Chamber and small ensemble[]

  • Rainbow Hunt (1995) for flute, saxophone, guitar, percussion and tape
  • Creation of the Hymn (1996) for string quartet
  • Behind the Shadows (1998) for viola, cello, contrabass and percussion
  • Klosterhofe (1998) for cello, piano and tape
  • ...ein schöner Winterabend in Sachsen (1999) for violin and piano
  • Roosters in Love (1999) for saxophone quartet
  • Ce n'est pas le geste qui dure... (2002) for flute, guitar, viola and cello
  • In a World Unspoken (2005) for saxophone quartet and organ
  • Seven Singing Butterflies (2005) for clarinet and string quartet


  • Psalm 42: Wie der Hirsch schreit (2008) for orchestra, two soloists, mixed choir and organ
  • Vinden som ingenting minns (2015) for choir and orchestra

Opera and stage[]

  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet (2007) stage performance for orchestra, singers and narrators (Libretto: Edward Kemp after a novel of the same name by Salman Rushdie)
  • Hamlet drama (2008) for trombone and orchestra (Libretto: William Shakespeare)
  • Dracula (2017) opera

Keyboard works[]

  • Hymn i sten (1996) for piano
  • Adoration of the Magi in the Snow (2000) a polyphonic fantasy for organ
  • Silent Island (2000) for piano
  • A Midnight Bell (2002) for piano
  • Secret Beauty of Waters (2004) for piano
  • Serenade for Twins (2004) for piano
  • Djurgården Tales (2009–11) for two pianos


  1. ^ a b Richards, Guy (Jan 2009). "CD Reviews". Tempo. 63 (247): 73–80. doi:10.1017/S0040298209000072. JSTOR 40072907. Victoria Borisova-Ollas (b. 1969) first came to international prominence when her short symphonic poem Wings of the Wind (1997) took 2nd Prize in the 1998 International Masterprize Competition.
  2. ^ Austin, Sara. "Masterprize International Composition Competition" (PDF). University of Rochester. Forum of the Symphony Orchestra Institute. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  3. ^ "Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Symphony No. 1". Universal Edition. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Symphony No. 2". Universal Edition. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  5. ^ "The Ground Beneath Her Feet". Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  6. ^ "The Ground Beneath Her Feet at Bridgewater Hall". BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Victoria Borisova-Ollas". Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Victoria Borisova-Ollas". Encyclopaedia of European living women composers, songwriters and creators of music. Retrieved 2020-11-11. The Royal Academy of Music / minor Christ Johnson Prize for Symphony no.1 2005.
  9. ^ Brodrej, Gunilla (13 February 2017). "Victoria Borisova-Ollas får Spelmannen 2016" [Spelmannen 2016 for Victoria Borisova-Ollas]. Kultur (Expressen) (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-11-11.

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