Søren Nils Eichberg

b. 1973

Danish

Summary

Since being appointed the first and only composer-in-residence in the history of the Danish National Orchestra in 2010, Søren Nils Eichberg continues to put his highly personal mark on one of the leading orchestras in Scandinavia.
Eichberg studied piano and orchestra conducting in Copenhagen and Cologne. After winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composers in Brussels in 2001, he has mostly been concentrating on composition. Other prizes and awards include a Tanglewood fellowship, the German Konrad-Adenauer Composition Grant and the Composition Stipend of the Danish Arts Foundation. Among his frequent collaborators are Ensemble Modern, Hilary Hahn, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
The last few years has definitely established Søren Nils Eichberg´s name as an important composer. When Eichberg’s chamber opera Glare (2014) opened at Royal Opera Covent Garden in London in November 2014, Richard Morrison in The Times wrote "I can’t remember a more gripping 75 minutes of avant-garde music-theatre" and gave it five out of five stars. Only a few months later Hilary Hahn’s Deutsche Grammophone album 27 Encores featuring Eichberg’s Levitation was awarded a GRAMMY award. And in 2015 his Symphony No. 3 was premiered as his last work as a composer-in-residence for the Danish National Orchestra ending a collaboration which began in 2010.
Critical Acclaim
...Søren Nils Eichberg is a master of building symphonic curves and´spectacular, cinematic contrasts - Christine Christiansen, Jyllandsposten

...a young composer's confirmation of this tradition where you meet melodic virtuosity, driven by a solid consciousness of form, dynamic rhythms and youthful outbursts - Tonekunstudvalget

From punk rock to opera: Søren Nils Eichberg is one of Europe’s most exciting composers.“ – The Royal Opera House, London

The most noticeable characteristic of Eichberg’s style is its rhythmic vitality, especially in sections of pulsing momentum. His work displays adept control of timbre and orchestration, which is imperative for such bold music... Eichberg’s music is exciting, showing a composer eager to try new approaches to his craft. - American Records Guide

Biography

The last few years has definitely established Søren Nils Eichberg´s name as an important composer. When Eichberg’s chamber opera Glare (2014) opened at Royal Opera Covent Garden in London in November 2014, Richard Morrison in The Times wrote "I can’t remember a more gripping 75 minutes of avant-garde music-theatre" and gave it five out of five stars. Only a few months later Hilary Hahn’s Deutsche Grammophone album 27 Encores featuring Eichberg’s Levitation was awarded a GRAMMY award.
Eichberg was born in 1973 in Stuttgart, Germany, grew up in Denmark and today lives and works in Berlin. He studied piano and orchestra conducting in Copenhagen and Cologne, but his break-through came as a composer when winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium in 2001. Since then, he has risen to become one of the most distinctive composers of his generation, in 2010-2015 becoming the first composer-in-residence in the history of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading orchestras in Scandinavia.
Eichberg’s works have been performed in most European countries as well as in Japan, China, Korea, Australia and the US and have been radio broadcast in the US and europewide. He has been commissioned works by Ensemble Modern, Hilary Hahn, Royal Opera London, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, The Brodsky Quartet and worked with conductors like Kristjan Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Vassily Petrenko, Christoph Poppen, Robert Spano and Franck Ollu. His output since 2001 includes more than 40 works, among others three symphonies; cello-, double cello-, piano-, horn- and violin concertos; three operas as well as solo-, chamber- and ensemble music.
His prizes and awards include the Composition Fellowship of the Tanglewood Music Festival, the 3-year Composition Grant of the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Composition Stipend of the German Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (Italy / New York) and the Composition Prize of the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
As a conductor he has worked with: Südwestfälische Philharmonie, Junge Münchner Philharmonie, Danish Radio Symphony, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik and soloists from the Munich and Berlin Philharmonic.

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29th March 2020

SOLOISTS
Valdemar Ulrikkeholm, flute
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Ensemble Hermes

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