SYNNE SKOUEN (born 1950 in Oslo) studied at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien (from 1969-73); took theory and composition with Professor Alfred Uhl and Professor Erwin Ratz, and experimental composition at the Academy´s electronic studio, directed by the composer Dieter Kaufmann and the composer and conductor Friedrich Cerha. During this period she was also a member of the experimental music theatre group ”Die Fremden” (with, among others, composer Günther Kahowez). In 1976 she earned a Diploma in composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music following studies with Professor Finn Mortensen.
For a number of years she worked as a music critic in Arbeiderbladet , Oslo, and also became the first editor of the music periodical Ballade (now www.ballade.no)
. In 1993 she became head of music of the cultural channel, P2, og NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), a position she held until 1999, when she was asked to parttake in the reorganisation of NRKs cultural departments into one multimedial platform, becoming it´s first director.
From 2001-2005 she was the head of the board of the Norwegian Composer´s Union, during which she was also head of the Nordic Composers Council, and over the years she has been on the board in a number of different organisations, presently at Tono, Kopinor and NOTAM. As a contracted columnist in Aftenposten (www.aftenposten/Meninger/Signert.no) she keeps up her journalism, for the most part with articles on cultural affairs.
During the years as an employee in NRK, she was not active as a composer. In recent years she again works full time as a composer, for the time being with a grant from the Norwegian State. In 2011 her CD ”Call-Notes” won much acclaim, and was nominated to ”Spellemannsprisen”; the Norwegian Grammy. Her most recent work, Autumn Arias for the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, clarinet and cello, was premiered during the Ultima Contemporary Festival in Oslo in September 2012.