I will attend both weeks of the International Summer Course in Darmstadt. Looking very much forward to visit this historic event and get a chance to meet old and new friends, listen to new pieces, attending seminars and taking lessons with some of the most interesting composers right now. Deeply thankful for the grant from The Augustinus Fond that have made my visit here possible.
It has just been announced that I will join the rest of the cast of ‘Det Skide Show’ for the three last performances ever. As the character Speaker-Allan, I will take part in the three performances at the Royal Danish Playhouse (“Skuespilhuset”), which will be the end of a tour with 20 performances. Tickets for the 14th to 16th of June are on sale here!
Thank you to the ensemble recherche and the Inselfestival Hombroich for a wonderful time at the Stiftung Insel Hombroich this past weekend. Saturday and Sunday ensemble recherche performed at two very diverse concerts with pieces by Sauli Zinovjev, Þorsteinn Gunnar Friðriksson, Pär Lindgren, Ilkka Hammo, Lotta Wennäkoski, Alti Ingolfsson, Nicolas von Ritter, Nicolas Kuhn, Georg Kröll, Lisa Streich, Petter Ekman, Marc Gracia Vitoria, Stephanie Haensler and yours truly.
If you haven’t been there, the museum park is a must see. I saw pieces by Rembrandt, Yves Klein, Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Bart van der Leck, Gustav Klimt, Paul Cézanne, Norbert Kricke and many more.
At this year’s General Assembly I stepped down as board member of AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – after 10 years in the organisation. It’s been my pleasure to be a part of the board of this fantastic platform for New Music and sound art founded in 1966. Especially under the era of Line Tjørnhøj from 2011 to last year, AUT marked itself as a significant part of the Danish music environment with a broad international network and strong local collaborations. I’m looking forward to dedicate more time to my upcoming compositions and follow AUT from the sideline. Best wishes to the new board and chairman elect, Frederik Sakham Jalving Lomborg. Read a small article about the change of chairman here. (in DK)
It has just been announced that The Saint Bernard Syndicate was awarded ‘Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature’ (Lærke Sanderhoff) and ‘Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature’ (Rasmus Bruun) @ the Tribeca Film Festival 2018! Read the full list of awarded films here including the jury’s comments! The now award-winning film will have its Danish premiere May 10th 2018. Congratulations to the whole team!
Saturday April 7th 2018 my Fanfare for 16 musicians will be premiered at the RAMA Festival. It’s written specially for the Symphonic Hall in Musikhuset Aarhus in mind and will make use of the whole venue. I’m very happy to have been asked to do this fanfare by professor Niels-Ole Bo Johansen, who will also conduct the premiere at the first part of the RAMA Festival Gala Concert 7:30pm.
Thank you to ensemble recherche for an excellent German premiere of my Intermezzi for percussion and piano last night at the Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Freiburg. Looking forward to work with the whole ensemble in May, when they perform my Ouverture at the Hombroich Insel Festival May 19th.
Mads Brügger’s first feature film, The Saint Bernard Syndicate, will receive its official premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival! The festival writes: “Subversive satirist Mads Brügger’s latest [film] is an odd-couple comedy about the pitfalls of striking out into the economic frontier; it charts two hapless Danes’ scheme to sell Saint Bernards to China’s middle class.”
Back in January 2017 I was asked to do two arrangements for a local Chinese string quartet for a scene in the film. I must admit that I still don’t know if the scene is in the film or not, but I’m looking forward to see this film, because it features two of my friends, Frederik Cilius and Rasmus Bruun, as the main characters.
Conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen and Vocalgroup Concert Clemens received the ‘Listeners Choice’-award for their CD ‘There is no rose…’ at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s P2 Award Show last night. Thank you to Carsten and Concert Clemens for always being positive and constructive. A pleasure working with you! Congratulations with the award! Listen to the album here!
I’m very excited to announce that I have been commissioned by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation to write a new double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra for Duo Åstrand / Salo (Christina Åstrand (violin) and Per Salo (piano)) and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The date for the premiere is not fixed yet. Looking forward to work closely with Christina and Per in the development of this piece!
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra‘s ‘Musikkens Børn‘ is now online. If you are having a baby in Aarhus in 2018, then I have great news for you. If you register your baby and yourself you will be offered short baby-concerts with musicians from the orchestra close to your home and you will get a lot of ideas to how to use the music with your child and share it within your family. As your baby becomes older, you will be invited to come and hear the whole symphony orchestra in concert!
I was so lucky to be asked to compose music for the infomercial about the project. Thank you to Søren Kinch Hansen, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Henrik Winther Hansen, who recorded the music in August 2017.
Read more here! (in DK)
I was so lucky to be the host at two New Year’s Concerts at the Copenhagen Opera House. A heartfelt thank you to the festive audience, the Royal Danish Orchestra, conductor Christian Vasquez, the soloists (Sofie Elkjær Jensen, David Kempster, Marianna Shirinyan and members of the orchesta) and not least all the people behind the scenes. It was a big pleasure to see how all the different departments at the Royal Danish Theater works together on one final product. It is a type of cooperation, where there is a short way from thought to action and where tradition and innovation walks hand in hand. If I didn’t like the Royal Danish Theater before, I do now! Happy New Year!
Looking through my calendar for 2017, I once again find myself feeling very privileged and thankful for being able to look back on a year filled with work involving so many wonderful and amazing people! There are many individual people to thank, but for providing their talents for my output in 2017 I would especially like to thank ensemble recherche, Ensemble Lemniscate, Kollektiv Totem, Esbjerg Ensemble, Ensemble du Bout du Monde, Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Vocalgroup Concert Clemens, Carsten Seyer-Hansen and Søren Kinch Hansen. A very special thank you goes to Mathias Kjøller and the JACK Quartet for participating in my DEBUT in May. All of you make me want to work harder and become better. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018!
During the last day of the year I will host two concert with the Royal Danish Orchestra and conductor Christian Vasquez. The repertoire will be a mix of Danish romantic pieces, musical songs and an American half with pieces by Gershwin and Berstein – amongst other things! Very excited for this! More info here!
The CD ‘There is no rose’ – with an arrangement of ‘Veni, Veni Emmanuel’ by yours truly – has just been nominated in the category ‘Danish Album of the year’ by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s channel for classical music, P2. The winner will be announced at the P2 Award Show the 19th of January. Thank you to conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen and the Vocalgroup Concert Clemens for an always positive energy and not least a great recording. Fingers crossed!
I’m very happy to announce that I have accepted an invitation from Århus Sinfonietta for the position as their new Artistic Director starting from the 2018-season. Since 1990 the ensemble has commissioned, premiered and performed hundreds of new works and now New Music-classics by national and international composers like Per Nørgård, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Kaija Saariaho, Karl Aage Rasmussen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Bent Sørensen, Mette Nielsen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Edgard Varèse, Salvatore Sciarrino, Simon Steen-Andersen, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, Ole Buck and many others. Including pieces by Li-Ying Wu, who was the ensemble’s Composer-in-Residence from 2011 to 2014. Looking forward to announce the new season in the near future!
On Monday the 6th of November Den Korte Radioavis will receive Den Gyldne Grundtvig. Bo Klindt Poulsen, chairman of the prize committee, writes: “Through their original and gifted use of satire and comedy, Den Korte Radioavis, has managed to create a news coverage that appears far sharper, more relevant and uncompromising than the rest of the Danish news.” Congratulations to the team behind Den Korte Radioavis! Read the article in Stiften about the award.
I was asked by Politiken to make a guide to the upcoming festival G((o))ng Tomorrow. I recommended the opening concert with Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, the 12-hour performance with Jacob Kirkegaard + We like We, the concert with Julie Kjaer+ and Bent Sørensen & co. @ Glyptoteket! The festival runs from November 3rd to 11th!
I have curated a playlist with the theme “power” for the Culture Night event @ Glyptoteket this coming Friday. The silent disco will begin at 6pm and end 11:30pm. Music by and with Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Tallis, Bernard Herrmann, Beyoncé, Ottorino Respighi, James Brown, Shostakovich, Snap!, Verdi, Huey Lewis and the News, Ockeghem, Line Tjørnhøj, John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, Sex Pistols, Tracy Chapman, Chopin, Berlioz and Rage Against The Machine. More info here.
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 – in the 3rd year in a row! Thanks for letting me play along once in a while!
I have just finished the score for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming informercial about their Musikkens Børn-project. A project that offers to ‘adopt’ all children born in Aarhus in 2018 and offer the children and their parents special concerts until the children have reach 6 years of age. The score will be recorded the 23rd of August in Symphonic Hall by the orchestra conducted by Søren K. Hansen. Musikken Børn was made possible with a very generous donation from Nordea Foundation and The Obel Family Foundation.
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)
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.
Interview in Magasinet Klassisk in connection with my upcoming DEBUT @ Musikhuset Aarhus (May 26th) and @ KoncertKirken / KLANG Festival (May 27th) with JACK Quartet and Mathias Kjøller. It’s in Danish but the headline says: “I have something to say, but I’d rather not.” Practise your Danish and read the full interview by Per Rask Madsen in the current edition of the magazine or read a excerpt here. Photo: Stine Vejen.
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.
Last night @ the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s DR P2, the recording of my ‘Ouverture’ performed by ensemble recherche @ Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für Neue Musik – was broadcast. You can stream it here. The link should start 2:25:00 in the programme. It also features an ultra short interview (in Danish) with me by Max Fage-Pedersen about my stay in Freiburg and working with ensemble recherche.
I was selected by the board of the Danish Composers’ Society to sit in the admissions committee starting from now and the next four years. Thank you to the board for this opportunity!
Today it was announced that BEINTA – a symphonic song cycle – is nominated for a Carl Award in the category “Best Classical Composition – big ensemble”. Anna Katrin and I are very happy and honoured for this appreciation of our piece.
The piece was commissioned by AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – for their 50th Anniversary in 2016 and premiered by Anna Katrin, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jesper Nordin at SPOT Festival with visual elements by RAMMATIK in April 2016. BEINTA also received a Prize from the Danish Arts Foundation in December 2016.
Fingers crossed until April 24th where the winner of the category will be announced!
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).
So happy to finally announce that the amazing JACK Quartet and the exceptional clarinettist Mathias Kjøller will be joining my Debut! See events for Aarhus May 26th and Copenhagen May 27th (in collaboration with KLANG festival). Read an interview with me on KLANG’s website here! (in Danish)
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 documentary by Swami Silva about the Young Nordic Music Days / Ung Nordisk Musikfestival which Kaj Duncan David, Lasse D. Hansen and I had the pleasure of organising last August. A big thank you to our team, all the volunteers and of course all the sponsors and collaborators which made it all possible! Iceland will host the Young Nordic Music Days 2017 from August 14th to 19th.
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!
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!
I wrote the score for Dharma Dreameater in 2006. Today 10 years ago we recorded the score with The Jutland Ensemble in Viborg Musiksal.
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)
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.
So extremely happy to be able to invite you all to concert with my favourite ensemble recherche during the upcoming Ultraschall – Festival für Neue Musik – in Berlin. The 21st of January 5pm they will premiere my new piece Ouverture at Radialsystem V in a program with music by Lotta Wennäkoski, Karin Rehnqvist, Pär Lindgren and Sebastian Claren. See more info here!
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.
Friday the 7th of October 2016 AUT had their 50th Anniversary Concert with Baldur Brönnimann, Nicolas Hodges, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and a lot of special guests. I curated the programme for this concert, which consisted of the world premiere of pieces by Lasse D. Hansen and Mathias Monrad Møller, the Danish premiere of pieces by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Simon Steen-Andersen and an exceptional performance of Rasmus Zwicki‘s Last Symphony. The concert was arranged in collaboration with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, SPOT Festival and AUT.
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.
Made in connection to Prix Radio – the Danish official radio prize. I’m participating as Speaker-Allan in the end of the video.
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!
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.
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.”
Read all the reviews on Edition·S’s website here!