2015 has been very eventful and many new friendships were made. Thank you to all the musicians and artists that I have been so fortunate to work with in 2015! (None mentioned, none forgotten.) To all a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2016! See you!
This Saturday I will be participating as a part of the Danish team in the tribute to legendary Nordic quiz show Kontrapunkt. The new episodes will focus only on contemporary music and will be available online. Produced by MAGMA.
My piece Tanz Suite will be performed by the echtzeitEnsemble conducted by Christoph Löser as a part of the NEXT GENERATION-programme in connection to the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015. Eight other composers were chosen out of over 100 submissions for the programme and the nine selected pieces will be performed during the 15th and 16th of October. See some info about the concerts here!
Tanz Suite in Oslo
The Aksiom Ensemble will give the Norwegian premiere of my Tanz Suite this coming Saturday @ Cafeteatret, Oslo. The concert begins at 8pm and will also feature music by Johan Svensson, Johan Sebastian Bach and Martin Rane Bauck! Read about the concert here!
The 69th edition of UNM Festival – Ung Nordisk Musikfestival – is now over. It was nice to meet the 35 composers from the Nordic countries and hear what they have been working on. Thanks to UNM Finland for hosting and making it possible for UNM Denmark to take over for UNM’s 70th Anniversary next year! Welcome to Aarhus in 2016!
Together with Lasse D. Hansen, Klavs Kehlet Hansen and Loïc Destremau I was coaching teenage music students in composition in the beginning of May. The students were from Aarhus Musikskole and other institutions and the whole project was a part of SPOR New Music School. The young composers / music students performed their own pieces at a concert shared with Århus Sinfonietta at Granhøj Dans, Aarhus, May 9th. The concert was a part of the SPOR Festival that took place from 7th to 10th of May 2015. See Ida Bach Jensen’s documentary below! (in Danish)
After 19 episodes Frederik and I will stop hosting Taktløs, our radio show at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Frederik Cilius is busy and very successful with other projects and I have decided to focus on my Advanced Postgraduate Diploma from the Composition Department at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. Both Frederik and I had fun making the show and its fate is now in the hands of the editors. You can still hear our 19 episodes here!
Photo: Bjarne Bergius Hermansen, DR
Thank you for a fantastic first edition of the Panorama Festival the 27th and 28th of June!
The Composition Department wanted to make a festival with a positive and welcoming atmosphere, where we could present some the works and experiments we have worked on for the last couple of years. Thanks to massive support from Århus Sinfonietta, AUT (Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere), the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, and to the many guest musicians from places like USA, Finland, Austria, Estonia, Spain, Norway and Denmark it happened!
Thank you to the well-known and new interested audience at the concerts! We are also happy to see the interest from the press with articles on different website, in the news paper and local television (10:53 into this clip).
We have a very encouraging environment for contemporary music in Aarhus and after the Panorama Festival it’s difficult to be pessimistic.
Opening Reception of Panorama Festival 2015
Advanced Postgraduate Diploma
Happy to announce that I have been accepted on the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma-programme at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, thus giving me the opportunity to dive into a two-year artistic process! The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma, the socalled Solistklasse in Danish, will end with a portrait concert at the moment planned for 2017.
Ensemble Recherche: Klassen-Arbeit #2
Today my fellow students Loïc Destremau, Piotr Peszat and Rafael Murillo Rosado and I will be in Freiburg once again to participate in Ensemble Recherche‘s Klassen-Arbeit. A great possibility to work very closely with the ensemble and this visit is the second of three visits to Freiburg during 2014 and 2015. The Klassen-Arbeit projekt will result in a concert with premieres of new pieces by us four from Aarhus and colleagues Ricardo Eizirik, Stephanie Haensler, Benjamin Ryser, Luca Valli, Matteo Manzitti and Alberto Barberis in 2015.
Panorama Festival 2015
My master’s project from The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, will result in the academy’s new festival for contemporary music! With massive support from Århus Sinfonietta, the academy and AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – and others we are now planning four concerts with music by graduating composers Henrik Budde, Loïc Destremau, Piotr Peszat and myself taking place during 27th and 28th of June 2015 in Musikhuset Aarhus with performances by Århus Sinfonietta, Ensemble Apparat (DE), Trio Colore, Njyd Quartet and 14 other guest musicians. Free admission! More info here!
SPOR New Music School 2015
Together with Lasse D. Hansen, Klavs Kehlet Hansen and Loïc Destremau I will be coaching teenage music students in composition in the beginning of May. The students will be from Aarhus Musikskole and other institutions and the whole project is a part of SPOR New Music School. The young composers / music students will perform their own pieces at a concert shared with Århus Sinfonietta at Granhøj Dans, Aarhus, May 9th at 2pm. The concert is a part of the SPOR Festival that will take place from 7th to 10th of May 2015.
Beinta – a symphonic poem for voice and orchestra
I’m very happy to announced that Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð and I have been commissioned to write a 40 minute-long orchestral piece in connection to the 50th Anniversary of AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – in 2016. The piece for voice and orchestra will be premiered by Anna Katrin (voice) and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra 3pm April 30th 2016 at the Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus, as a part of the SPOT Festival 2016. Save the date!