Annika Socolofsky (1990, Edinburgh) is a composer, avant-folk vocalist, and fiddler. Her music stems from the timbral nuance and inwards resonance of the human voice, and is communicated through mediums ranging from orchestral works to unaccompanied folk ballads.
New projects for the 2017 – 2018 season include works for eighth blackbird, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen. As a composer, Annika has had works performed by artists such as the Albany Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Third Coast Percussion, Emissary Quartet, Shattered Glass, Donald Sinta Quartet, JACK Quartet, Latitude 49, Mobius Percussion, shakuhachi grandmaster Riley Lee, and bassist Evan Runyon, among others. As a vocalist, she has performed as soloist with the Albany Symphony, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Tulsa Camerata. Her works, projects, and related research have been presented at The Italian Society of Contemporary Music, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Carnegie Hall, Northwestern New Music Institute, Strange Beautiful Music Detroit, Listening to Ladies, and Princeton Sound Kitchen.
Annika is a recipient of a 2014 Fromm Foundation Commission and a 2017 BMI Student Composer Award. Her research focuses on physiology in contemporary vocal music, using Estill Voice Training and the music of Dolly Parton to create a pedagogical approach to composition that does not box the composer into an either/or decision of straight tone vs. operatic vocals. She is a doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton University. She holds a master’s in composition from the University of Michigan where she was a Regents Fellow. Her primary mentors have been Evan Chambers, Dan Trueman, Kristin Kuster, and Reza Vali. She has an intense interest in Yiddish song and contra dance, and can be heard in avant-Isles folk band Ensoleil.