I was a high school student at Viborg Katedralskole, when I heard a symphony orchestra live for the first time. It changed my life. The orchestra back then was Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra has ever since had a special place in my heart. It is therefore almost unreal, that I now get the possibility to fulfil an old dream: I’m the next composer-in-residence for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2021. Thank you to the Danish Arts Council‘s Grant Committee for Music and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra for making this happen. I’m looking so much forward to this. Read the press release from the Danish Arts Council here (in Danish)
I will be the new Composer-in-Residence for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2021.
Interview in Seismograf
Journalist Sune Anderberg followed me the months before my DEBUT and some time after. Read the long-read interview with me here (in Danish) at Seismograf.org.
Thank you to all who showed up at the premiere of DEBUT Friday May 26th in Musikhuset Aarhus and Saturday May 27th at KLANG Festival in KoncertKirken! Thank you to everyone who was involved in the process of making it happen and not at least thank you to timbre extraordinaire Mathias Kjøller and the ever amazingly awesome JACK Quartet! I feel so privileged to be able to work with such nice people and great musicians.
Today I was elected to be the new chairman of AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – an organisation focusing on sounds arts since 1966. Very happy to take over after Line Tjørnhøj, who has done massive work to make AUT an important voice for the new and experimenting sounds of our time. I hope to continue this work with as much success as Line has.
From the premiere of BEINTA April 2016 | Photo: Frederik Sakham Lomborg
Talent Prize from Léonie Sonning’s Music Fond
Very honoured and thankful for receiving a Talent Prize from the Léonie Sonning’s Music Fond this year. Thank you to the board for this special honour and congratulations to all of the other Talents receiving a prize this year.
Below you can watch an interview with me (in Danish) and a recording of the two first movements from my trio Air for piccolo flute, violin and viola with Anna Jalving (violin), Robert Karlsson (viola) and Marie Sønderskov (piccolo).
In May 2017 I will take my exam from the Avanced Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, after 9 years of study. With me I will have some national and international guests, who will be revealed soon. Please come and celebrate with me! More info to come!
Great start on 2017! Very nice words from Music Editor Thomas Michelsen from Politiken in their focus on events from the past year:
“[…] best classical concert experience of 2016. An evening with both wow-effect, humor and wit.”
The words goes to AUT’s 50 Anniversary Concert with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Nicolas Hodges and Baldur Bronnimann in October 2016 with works by Lasse D. Hansen, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Simon Steen-Andersen, Mathias Monrad Møller and Rasmus Zwicki! I was so lucky to be able to curate the concert. Thank you to all involved!
From Politiken 01.01.17
Happy New Year 2016!
Thank you to all the musicians and artists that I have been so fortunate to work with in 2016! Especially Vocalgroup Concert Clemens, Carsten Seyer-Hansen (conductor), Aarhus Studiekor, Mathias Skaarup Sørensen (conductor), FACES Ensemble, Aksiom Ensemble, Kai Grinde Myrann (conductor), Randers Kammerorkester, ensemble recherche, Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Jesper Nordin (conductor), Marie Sønderskov (flute), Anna Jalving (violin), Daniel Tølbøll Mortensen (viola), Robert Karlsson (viola), Malthe Volfing Højager (cello), Signe Asmussen (voice), Mathias Kjøller (clarinet), Vibeke Kærsgaard Lembcke (clarinet), Kristian Flagstad (clarinet) and Christian Jørgensen (double bass). Also thank you to the whole team involved with the making of the Young Nordic Music Days in August and the three collaborations with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, which I curated. Best wishes for 2017 and a Happy New Year to you all!
Dharma Dreameater 10 Years Anniversary!
I wrote the score for Dharma Dreameater in 2006. Today 10 years ago we recorded the score with The Jutland Ensemble in Viborg Musiksal.
Prize from the Danish Arts Foundation
BEINTA – a symphonic song cycle – composed in collaboration with Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð was awarded the annual Prize from the Danish Arts Foundation. We feel very honoured and thankful for this great honour! BEINTA was premiered the 30th of April 2016 with Anna Katrin (soloist), Jesper Nordin (conductor), Aarhus Symphony Orchestra during SPOT Festival as a part of AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – 50th Anniversary with film elements by RAMMATIK. Thank you to all involved in this project! Read the motivation from the Danish Arts Foundation here! (in Danish)
Photo: Frederik Sakham Lomborg
CD of the week
The vocal group Concert Clemens newly-released CD with Christmas arrangement by different composers on Orchid Classics is CD of the week on the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s P2. My arrangement of Veni, Veni Immanuel is highlighted in the review: “… a new, very nice arrangement by Allan Gravgaard Madsen – I wonder if it’s a coming Danish choir classic?” Read the review here (in Danish). The CD can be bought at Amazon, Naxos, iTunes, by contacting Concert Clemens here or at the upcoming concert and CD-release Saturday December 17th 4pm in Aarhus Cathedral. See event. Thank you to Carsten Seyer-Hansen and Concert Clemens for this opportunity.
The vocal group Concert Clemens have just released their new CD with Christmas arrangement by different composers on Orchid Classics. My arrangement of Veni, Veni Immanuel is one of the arrangements on the CD. Thank you to Carsten Seyer-Hansen and Concert Clemens for this opportunity. The CD can be bought at Amazon, Naxos, iTunes or by contacting Concert Clemens here.
John Christiansen, jcklassisk.dk, wrote a very positive review. Read the review here! (in Danish)
Danish premiere of Simon Steen-Andersen’s Piano Concerto | photo: Allan Gravgaard Madsen
Kontrapunkt @ Nordic Music Days 2016
I will be joining the Danish team once again for yet another edition of the quiz show about contemporary music. The new rounds, where each team will be competing in knowledge about the newest music, will take place during the Nordic Music Days in Iceland the 29th of September to 1st of October 2016.
Den Korte Radioavis won two prizes at the official radio awards Prix Radio last Friday. Congratulations to the whole team behind the show with the awards for Best Satire Show of the Year and Best Show of the Year! Thanks for letting me play along once in a while!
Den Korte Radioavis Kenzo-spoof
Made in connection to Prix Radio – the Danish official radio prize. I’m participating as Speaker-Allan in the end of the video.
New Season of Den Korte Radioavis
I will join the new season of the multi-award winning political satire radio show Den Korte Radioavis. First episode will launch Monday August 29th 2016 and it will be on air every weekday from 12:05pm to 1pm at Radio24syv.
Photo: Klaus Vedfelt
Tanz Suite @ Young Nordic Music Days 2016
The Norwegian ensemble Aksiom will perform my Tanz Suite 17th of August 7:30pm at the Young Nordic Music Days in Aarhus. The festival will take place from 15th of August to 20th of August and over 40 pieces by young Nordic composers will be performed during the festival. 8 concerts and 5 talks. All free. See the full programme here!
Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s Grant 2016
This week I received a grant from the Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Grant. Thank you to the board for this tremendous honour! It is very overwhelming! I received the grant with two of my colleagues Martin Stauning and Mette Nielsen. Congratulations to them and check them out! Edition·S brings an article here.
Great reviews of BEINTA!
5 hearts out of 6 in Politiken with the words: “[…] a piece for orchestra, that deserves to be heard much more than the premiere at SPOT Festival.” 5 stars out of 6 in Nordjyske with the words: “When the strings droned and the horns roared and the rhythm decreased it was so magnificent that the jaw dropped all the way to the floor. The 40 minutes went by way too fast.” 4 stars out of 6 in Stiften with the words: “Very interesting and very skilfully made.”