She studied musicology and philosophy at King's College Cambridge and Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield, and holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen on the subject of silence in music and sound art. She studied composition with Per Nørgård and Hans Abrahamsen, and resided for many years in Denmark. She currently lives in Berlin.
Her work ranges from chamber music and intimate semistaged object pieces to large-scale electroacoustic orchestral works, and often involves visual or theatrical elements. Installations, electronic performances, field recordings, samples, text, foley, and soundtracks for fashion videos also figure in her recent work. is set of interests has led her to develop collaborative practices spanning ad-hoc freelance and large institutional frameworks, including with Danish ensemble SCENATET (formerly Ensemble 2000), Australian interdisciplinary arts group Aphids, and Berlin's Kammerensemble Neue Musik.
Her music has been commissioned by many ensembles, festivals and arts organisations worldwide including Konzerthaus Berlin, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Inter film Festival, Chamber Made Opera, Den Anden Opera, Operanord, SCENATET/Spor Festival/Berliner Festspiele/MaerzMusik, Anima Quartet/SWR, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Mons, SCENATET, Zinc & Copper Works, Lydenskab, Kammerensemble Neue Musik and Esbjerg Ensemble/Klangspuren, Ensemble KNM/Transmediale, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In 2013 Juliana Hodkinson curated Spor Festival. She has held residencies in Japan (Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation) and Belgium (Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes), with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, and in April 2014, she was guest resident at the University of Boğazici, Istanbul. In 2015 she received the Carl Nielsen Award, one of Denmark's highest artistic accolades.
Selected works (since 2005): Befall, preludes for four instruments (2005), I greet you a thousand times for orchestra and video (2005), Ikke et hjem for baritone, guitar and playback (2007), We'd just got back from outer space, when there was a knock at the kitchen door for two shengs, large orchestra and playback (2008), Scrape for cello with metal plate (2009), When the wind blows for piano and toys (2009), Transformation, soundtrack (2010), Fish & Fowl, album and stage project (2010), Zeit Recht Pflicht Bedürfnis Raum Freude und Sehnsucht for contrabass clarinet and electronics (2010), As we know for speaker, percussion, violin and cello (2010), Play for brass and electronics (2010), Rückspiegel: eine Hörsituation for baritone, chamber ensemble and youth groups (2011), Versprengung for voice and instruments to a film by Ulrich Polster (2011), All my friends really are superheroes for horn and electronics (2011), Cozy up, soundtrack (2011), The priest and the shell for electronics (2012), Allerleirauh, for electronics (2012), Prompt, immediate, now / very restrained and cautious for clarinet, percussion, viola, cello and electronics (2013), Ten Minutes Older for electronics (2013), ThirdMillennium Heart for trumpet, electric guitar, toy piano, percussion and electronics (2013), Turbulence, opera for soprano, actor and live electronics (2013), Angel View for ensemble and electronics (2014), Is there something you can tell us for string quartet (2014), Ring a Ring for piano and pocket piano (2014), Paperweight Arcade, performance with electronics (2014), Play on for brass and electronics (2015), Im gegenwärtigen Tempo for trio and electronics (2015), ...can modify completely/ in this case/ not that it will make any difference... for electric guitar and orchestra (2015), Lightness for percussion trio (2015), Mythology Room, installation (2015), Stoneship, installation (2015), Nothing Breaking the Loosing, installation (2016).