Kaj Duncan David is a Berlin-based composer of experimental music. Many of his pieces are audiovisual, exploring gestalt relations between sound and light in concert settings. Increasingly his research-led practice deals with themes at the intersection of speculative theories of mind and matter, anthropocene studies, and science fiction. Alongside concert works, he has devised theatre/music/opera/installation hybrids, created music for dance, and performed and released electronic music.


member of Y-E-S
member of Liebe Chaos Verein
member of secondary board at BGNM e.V.
member of the advisory group at SPOR Festival

selected stipends / residencies / awards

Progetto Positano residency and stipend (2022)
stipends for continued artistic practice from the Danish Arts Council (2017-2021)
fellow of the JUNGE AKADEMIE, Akademie der Künste Berlin (2019)
stipend for continued artistic practice from the Berlin Senate Department of Culture (2019)
Special Recognition Award from the Danish Arts Council for the work Up Close and Personal (2019)
Carl Nielsen and Anne-Marie Carl Nielsen Foundation Talent Award (2018)
Make Sound Residency, Inter Arts Centre Malmö (2017)

selected appearances / commissions

Ultraschall [Berlin], Música Estranha [São Paulo], Wien Modern [Vienna], Münchener Biennale [Munich], Manifeste [Paris], Maerzmusik [Berlin], Rainy Days [Luxembourg], Ultima [Oslo], CYCLE [Reykjavík], Darmstädter Ferienkürse für Neue Musik [Darmstadt], Klang [Copenhagen], Spor [Aarhus], MATA [New York City], Haus der Berliner Festspiele [Berlin], Cafe Oto [London], Jazzhouse [Copenhagen], ZKM [Karlsruhe], Akademie der Künste [Berlin]

recent collaborators

ensembles mosaik and SCENATET, musicians Jakob Bangsø and Daniel Gloger, choreographer Michelle Moura, performer Maikon K, composer Assaf Gidron, poet Martin Lau, director Troels Primdahl, theatre-group Kommando Himmelfahrt, actor Graham F. Valentine, collective Y-E-S


studies between 2006 and 2016 in music, sound art, electronic music and scenic composition at Goldsmiths College [London], Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium [Aarhus] and the Hochschule für Musik [Dresden].
Mentors in composition: Simon Steen-Andersen, Manos Tsangaris and Franz-Martin Olbrisch