This week the union of music critics of Denmark awarded me and Eva Steinaa, principal Oboist of the National Danish Radio Orchestra with the annual Music Critic’s Artist Prize. The event took place before a concert perfomance of Steve Reichs music for 18 musicians in Tivoli Concert Hall presented by the chairman of the union, Henrik Friis.
Last month I had the privilege of performing Astor Piazzollas Concierto para Bandoneon with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. A phenomenal group of musicians conducted by maestro Tomas Brauner. The concert was broadcasted live on Czech Radio and included an exciting programme of seldom heard orchestral masterworks by Shostakovich, Khatchaturian, Schulhoff and Piazzolla. The concert took place in the legendary Smetana Hall – Municipal House in the heart of Prague. If you get the chance don’t hesitate; go and hear this wonderful orchestra.
Back in 2013 the hurricane named ‘Bodil’ was preventing the 100th anniversary concert of the Danish Composers Society from taking place and thereby postponing the premiere of Christian Winther Christensens double concerto for accordion and cello ‘Chromatische Weltmusik’ with the Danish Radio Orchestra. Cellist Toke Møldrup and I was therefore going to Innsbruck a year later to give this wonderful piece its first perfomance together with the Tiroler Symphony Orchestra and conductor Francesco Angelico at the Klangspuren Festival for contemporary music.
Luckily for Toke and I The Danish Radio Orchestra decided to programme this work during this season and the Danish Premiere will take place in the Royal Academy of Music together with conductor Brad Lubmann. The programme will also feature works by Martin Stauning and Poul Ruders a.o.
read the full programme for Pulsar Festial 2016 here
Picture from the dress rehearsal just before the storm broke loose and prevented the concert from taking place. The rehearsal was recorded and lead by Thomas Søndergaard which later earned the composer Christian Winther Christensen a 3rd prize at the International Rostrum of Composers.
Together with my ‘partners in crime’, the quartet Kottos, I will be premiering a new opera by composer John Frandsen entitled ‘Martyriet'(Martyrdom) describing the last days of Kaj Munk (1898-1944) the Danish writer, resistance fighter and priest. Scored for a quartet of accordion, bouzouki, recorder and cello where the two soloparts will be sung by rising star countertenor Morten Grove and the norwegian Soprano Liv Odveig Midtmageli. The premiere will take place at Takkelloftet, The Royal Danish Opera the 28th of January with app. 10 performances in total in february 2017. Composer John Frandsen was recently awarded with the prestigious Carl Nielsen composers prize 2016 and received great acclaim not least for his Requiem(2013) written for The Danish Radio Orchestra.
photo by Marie Louise Munkegaard
Happy New Year!
2016 will be an exciting year. Already this spring I will perform Astor Piazzollas Concerto ‘Aconcagua’ together with the Prague Radio Orchestra and together with the Danish National Radio Orchestra I will be doing the Danish premiere of Christian Winther Christensens double concerto for accordion, cello & orchestra. The concert will take place the 10th of March during Pulsar – Festival for Contemporary Music.
In september I had the great pleasuse to perform some of my favourite chamber music pieces together with some of the finest ensembles and musicians out there:
Trio con Brio, Apollon Musagete Quartet, Thorleif Theeden a.o.
music by Poul Ruders, Sofia Gubaidulina, Astor Piazzolla, Niels Viggo Bentzon a.0.
Photo from opening concert
From left: Soo-Jin Hong, Bartoscz Zachlod, Bjarke Mogensen, Torleif Thedéen