Jens Vraa (b. 1968) was born in Aarhus, Denmark, and studied clarinet at the
conservatory there. After finishing his education he started freelancing, mainly
in various orchestras. After moving to Copenhagen in 1995 he began focusing more
on chamber music. He has been a member of several chamber ensembles, above all the
clarinet/cello-duo “Duo Devienne” with which he has played numerous concerts.
In 2003, having composed a few pieces in the past, he decided to concentrate more on
composing. Since then he has composed a wide range of works for various chamber
ensembles as well as vocal music of different kinds. Among his most recent works
are the song-cycle “5 Songs About Death” written for Danish tenor Christian
Damsgaard (first performed at the Casa dei Mezzo Festival in Crete 2013), and a
trio for clarinet, cello and piano composed for the Geneva-based Trio Eléonore
(yet to be performed).