Very overwhelmed to receive a grant of DKK 100,000 from the Danish Arts Foundation. The grant is given for the continuation of my artistic work in 2019 and this grant helps me to secure the possibility to focus on my work. I want to thank the grant committee with all my heart for this trust and honor.
Press release from the Danish Arts Foundation about the 227 music grants that were awarded this year (in Danish)
Today the full programme for the upcoming Nordic Music Days 2019 was announced. I’m very happy to say that my piece SUITE was selected for performance at this years festival, which is held in Bodø, Norway. The Nordic Music Days was founded in 1888 and is therefore the oldest festival for contemporary music in the Nordic region. This year over 600 works were submitted and the compact program will present about 60 composers from all over the Nordic region! SUITE will be performed @ the Stormen Cultural Center by Norwegian Cikada Ensemble on November 15th 2019.
Later this month I will travel to Freiburg, where ensemble recherche will give SUITE its German premiere in a concert at the EnsembleHaus, May15th. SUITE is dedicated to ensemble recherche, who I wrote the piece for between 2014 and 2018. Looking very much forward to work with them again.
Screen shot of the website for the Nordic Music Days 2019
Thank you to the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andreas Delfs, producer Preben Iwan, all the people behind the stage and not least the audience for an intense and inspiring week, which ended with a concert performance of the symphonic song cycle BEINTA by Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð and yours truly on Saturday April 27th.
In the week leading up to the performance we did a studio recording of the piece, which we are looking very much forward to release in the near future. You should too, the orchestra sounds like a million.
A special thanks must also go to the film duo Rammatik for their poetic film elements, the AUT concert organization – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – which commissioned the piece for their 50th anniversary in 2016 and not least the SPOT Festival, which hosted the first performance for almost three years ago. BEINTA is of course the result of the artistic collaboration between Anna Katrin and I, but the piece is also the testimate of strong local collaborations. Thank you Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, SPOT and AUT for this opportunity. May others be as fortunate as we were.
Photo: Klaus Kehlet Hansen
BEINTA is a symphonic song-cycle of darkness and longing, about daring to set out into the unknown. Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð and I wanted to explore and combine sonorities from contemporary classical music and alternative pop accompanied by the raw, atmospheric work of Faroese film duo Rammatik. The piece was premiered in 2016 as a part of AUT‘s 50th Anniversary at the SPOT Festival in collaboration with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. This year the piece will be performed in Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, Saturday April 27th 2019 at 1pm. Tickets here!
Photo: Ditte M. Joensen
I was invited to watch and talk about the Chuck Norris-movie Top Dog in the podcast Hakkedrengene. Practise your Danish and listen to the podcast here.
In the beginning of the year, Nikolaj Koppel and I worked on a new piano arrangement of the song Amsterdam by Danish rock band Nephew. The arrangement will be performed by Nikolaj at Nephew’s 12-concert Ring-i-Ring Arena Tour 2019, which Nikolaj was invited to participate in. 11 out of 12 concerts are sold out, so hurry up if you want tickets! The tour begins today and ends March 30th.
Nephew’s website, where you can buy tickets
Thank you to Reader in Composition Richard Causton from the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, for inviting me to present a Talk about my music this week. It was very nice to meet some of the composers studying at the University and to visit Cambridge for the first time.
Unfortunately I didn’t have as much time to explore the city as I would’ve liked, but courtesy of RIchard Causton I got a special guided tour in King’s College and not least the Chapel. The vaulted ceiling was overwhelmingly beautiful.
The astonishing vaulted ceiling in King’s College Chapel, a building constructed from 1446 to 1531.
On September 5th and 6th 2019 my new double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra, Nachtmusik, will be premiered @ DR Koncerthuset by Christina Åstrand and Per Salo with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and – just announced – conductor Ryan Bancroft! I feel very thankful for this opportunity to work with such skilled, encouraging and supportive musicians! Ticket sales will open on March 1st 2019!
Click on the picture for info about the concert (in DK)
Thank you to Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen and conductor Jean Thorel for their great performance of my Ouverture yesterday at Johan Borups Højskole! It was a very nice concert, where you could also experience a premiere of a new monumental work, ENSEMBLE, by Simon Christensen and a Danish first performance of Missy Mazzoli‘s In Spite of All This from 2005.
Applause after the premiere of Simon Christensen’s new 40-minute piece ‘ENSEMBLE’
My piece Ouverture opens the show, when Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen performs the concert titled ‘Old formats – new works’ in Copenhagen this coming Sunday. The piece was originally commissioned by ensemble recherche with support from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and performed by them a number of times. This will be the first performance of the piece in Denmark, and also the first time Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen performs a work by me. The concert also includes the Danish first performance of In spite of all this by Missy Mazzoli and the premiere of ENSEMBLE by Simon Christensen. Read all about it here (in Danish)!
This year Aarhus Symphony Orchestra will premiere my new arrangement of Glade Jul, Dejlige Jul (“Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”) at their annual Christmas Concerts. It was written for soloists Frederikke Kampmann (soprano), Anders Christensen (tenor) and school choirs from Aarhus and Ole Faurschou will be conducting. The arrangement will be premiered in Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus, December 19th at 7pm and repeated in the same hall by Ole Faurschou, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Akademisk Kor Århus December 20th 7:30pm.
Photo: Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
December 1st to 3rd Århus Sinfonietta and conductor Rei Munakata will tour the Central Denmark Region with Christmas Music by Juliana Hodkinson, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, Birgitte Alsted and Line Tjørnhøj performed at three concerts. The last two pieces were commissioned by the Sinfonietta for this project. To weave all the pieces together, I have composed three new intermezzi for guitar, celesta, violin, cello and voice to be premiered by the ensemble and Anna Ottertun (voice) during this project. I hope that you will find your way to one of the concerts with this very exciting take on Christmas Music and the traditions connected to the season. See more info here! (in Danish)
“Gaude! Gaude!” December 8th the Swedish chamber choir Riddarholmens Kammerkör and conductor Stefan Boström will perform my arrangement of the hymn Veni, veni Emmanuel at the Gustaf Adolfskyrkan in Stockholm. The two performances will be the Swedish first performance of the arrangement, which was recorded by Vocalgroup Concert Clemens and conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen in 2016. Drop by the concerts with Riddarholmens Kammerkör, if you are in Stockholm December 8th or listen to the arrangement with Concert Clemens on Spotify here!
Photo: Riddarholmens Kammerkör