Sonja Vectomov

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Sonja Vectomov
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Vectomov in 2016
Background information
Birth nameSoňa Večtomová
Born (1979-05-21) 21 May 1979 (age 39)
Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia
Genres Electronic, classical
Occupation(s)Musical artist, philanthropist, music pedagogue

Sonja Vectomov (born 21 May 1979) is a Czech-Finnish electronic musician and composer who descends from a family rooted in the classical music world. [1] Vectomov is married to American writer and conductor David Woodard. [2] Her parents are Vladimír Večtomov and Sonja Vectomov.

Czech Republic republic in Central Europe

The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometres (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.

Finland Republic in Northern Europe

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David Woodard American writer, conductor and businessman

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In the early 2000s Vectomov studied at Norwich University of the Arts, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in 2005. [2] [3]

Norwich University of the Arts higher education institution in the UK

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is a public university in Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom. It is a former higher education institution and specialises in art, design and media. Norwich University of the Arts was founded as Norwich School of Design in 1845 and has a long history of arts education. It gained full university status in 2013.


Vectomov's initial music experiments began during the 1980s in Finland and involved musique concrète with home tape recorders, four years of performing and touring with the children's choir Vox Aurea  [ fi ] under the direction of Kari Ala-Pöllänen  [ fi ], [4] and violin and piano studies under a curriculum for precocious children at Keski-Suomen konservatorio, where her father Vladimír Večtomov taught classical guitar. Her grandfather Ivan Večtomov, also a composer, was a cellist with the Czech Philharmonic for 22 years, and her uncle was the cellist Saša Večtomov. [2]

Vladimír Večtomov Czech musician and classical guitarist (1946-2015)

Vladimír Večtomov was a Czech classical guitarist. He studied at Prague Conservatory under the tutelage of Štěpán Urban, 1964–1968, and gave his first concert at the age of 17. He concluded his studies in Mexico with a concert at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. In 1973 he performed as a soloist in Bergen, Norway, with Slovak Chamber Orchestra. In 1974 he performed Bach's catalog in London to notable acclaim. From 1972 to 1976 he was a professor at Prague Conservatory.

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During the mid-1990s, Vectomov moved to Prague to assume a 1st violin chair with the Pražský studentský orchestr under the direction of Mirko Škampa  [ cs ]. Concomitantly she monitored the electronic music scenes in Finland and England. [5]

As a solo artist Vectomov's concerts sometimes involve elements of installation, e.g., the transformation of a stage into a salon. [6] She has stated that Conlon Nancarrow and David Byrne are important influences. [7]

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The title of Vectomov's experimental debut album is her self-coined portmanteau of the New Latin / Greek words lampron (bright) and phrenia (mind). [8] The album features electronic compositions with vocals, [5] and is considered unpredictable and "full of unexpected twists and turns." [9]

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The first single "Two in One," for which Mika Johnson directed a music video featuring prima ballerina Jana Andrsová, "recounts a story of death and transfiguration, interspecies karma and plant consciousness—this maiden release from Lamprophrenia pulses with nucleopatriphobic synthesizer rhythms, violin, viola, harmonica, mandolin and the consummate intonements of Vectomov." [10]


Like both of her parents, Vectomov is a pedagogue.[ citation needed ] She has designed and taught music workshops for at-risk youths and disadvantaged Romani children in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic. [11] [12]

Vectomov makes a cameo appearance in H*art On, Andrea Culková's 2016 documentary film about the virtually unknown early 20th century writer Milada Součková and her husband, Devětsil-era painter Zdeněk Rykr. [13] [14]

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