“All my work is about an attempt for dialogue; a dialogue between the cello and a site, a text, an image, a movement, a space. All my work as a composer and performer is concerned with this dialogue.”

Maja Bugge is a Norwegian cellist, composer and cello teacher based in Lancaster, UK. Since 1998 she has created a large body of work both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others for a number of organisations and companies that include Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Art (LICA), Oslo Moderne Teater, the National Theatre Oslo, Beaivvas Theater, NING, Katma Productions and Opera Omnia.

She has a particular interest in devising work with and for children and young people, and also teaches the cello to pupils of all ages and abilities. She has won several prizes and scholarships, including The Cultural Rucksack Norway’s best performance in 2010 for Usynlig. In 2016/17 she is a Jazz North ambassador as a solo performer.


“It was captivating to observe Bugge improvising with her surroundings.”
The New York city Jazz Record,  July 2017.

“Cellist Maja Bugge is all about location, sitting amidst snake-coils of rope in Hardanger Boat Preservation Centre as she damps her strings with lime-tree sinew, making them sound keelhauled.”
Nick Hasted, Jazzwise June 2017 on the Nutshell showcase performance.

“Brilliant. Thank you for including such an original and exciting artist in your festival.
Festival audience, Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 2017.

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