Dushanbe (Tajikistan), 1972

Farangis Nurulla-Khoja is a Tajik-Swedish-Canadian composer. She holds a Diploma of Fine Arts in Composition (University of Gothenburg, Sweden). She has also studied at the University of California in San Diego with Brian Ferneyhough and Roger Reynolds, as well as at IRCAM. Going to all these places has pushed her to live by the criteria of the international life and follow the aesthetic language of world music. As a musician, she works with the conviction that dance complements music, and that language — particularly the language of poets — is above all a series of communicative sounds. For her, making music is a journey into the unknown, a search for sounds unheard and forms unseen. Farangis Nurulla-Khoja’s compositions have been performed in concerts and programmed by international festivals of contemporary music in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Helsinki (Finland), Gothenburg, Malmö, Vaxjö and Stockholm (Sweden), Leipzig and Munich (Germany), Toulouse, Royaumont and Paris (France), Osaka and Tokyo (Japan), Montréal and Sainte-Irène (Canada), and San Diego (USA). She received the grand prize of the Abu Gazali Foundation in Salzburg (Austria) for her orchestra piece Replica in 2000. In 2008, she was awarded the Joseph S Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) for best Canadian mid-career composer.

Farangis Nurulla-Khoja is currently a member of FST, STIM/Svensk music (Sweden).

Her works have been performed by various ensembles and soloists, including ICTUS (Belgium), Avanti! (Finland), Atelier Vocal, Alexis Descharmes, Pierre-Yves Artaud (France), Nytida Musik, Gageego, Daniel Berg and the Symphony Orchestra of Musichögskolan, Symphony Orchestra of Gothenburg, Symphony Orchestra of Stockholm (Sweden), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quasar, Duo Trace (Canada), Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (Germany), International Gaudeamus MusicWeek (The Netherlands), New Julliard Chamber Ensemble, Continuum Chamber Ensemble (USA). In 2005-2006, Farangis Nurulla-Khoja was a composer in residence at Fondation Royaumont working on the project Maqam et Créations (France). She has also been working closely with the Quasar Saxophone Quartet and the Continuum Chamber Ensemble. Quasar have performed her works Giuoco Piano for saxophone quartet and Tabula Rasa for saxophone quartet and live electronics several times in Canada and abroad. Farangis is working on a new piece for the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Percussions de Strasbourg.