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Danish composer Bent Sørensen has just finished his new accordion concerto, It is pain flowing down slowly on a white wall, written for Frode Haltli, Telemark Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Soloists. The concerto will be premiered September 10 at the Ultima Festival in Oslo, in Rotterdam at the Giergiev Festival, and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Bent Sørensen is composer-in-residence at the HCMF in November 2011. Beside the accordion concerto the festival showcases the more experimental side to the composer – including the sound installation The white forest.

Learn more about his involvement in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.


Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho will be composer in residence at the Summer Academy of NJO, the Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy. The Academy offers young musicians the possibility to perform her music in various orchestras and ensembles combined with master classes conducted by Kaija Saariaho as well as Camilla Hointenga, flute. Camilla Hoitenga will also perform the flute concerto Aile du Songe on August 20 and 21 with the NJO Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire encompasses a wide range of repertoire reaching back to Du Cristal (1989) but also presenting Leino Songs(2007). Please have a look at the calendar for further performance details.


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Rolf Wallin Trumpet Concerto World Premiere

A brand new Trumpet Concerto by Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin will receive its world premiere on 16 September 2011 with WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste. The concerto has been written for Håkan Hardenberger, one of today’s greatest trumpeters and held in high regard as a pioneer of many significant and virtuosic new trumpet works, and he and Wallin have been in close contact throughout the writing process. Wallin, a trumpet player himself, says about the work:

A horn player I know once said to me: "The trumpet doesn't have any secrets." I was at first provoked, being myself a trumpeter, but it is an interesting comment, referring to the French horn's wonderful merits of magic in orchestral and chamber music throughout history. In contrast, the role of the trumpeter has been confined to festive parades and dramatic battles.

So throughout the composition process with this concerto, I have been thinking: What are the secrets of trumpet? In many ways, because the close work with the instrument of my childhood and youth has brought some flashbacks, this trumpet concerto has become quite autobiographical. But I don't want to reveal any of the secrets, you will have to come and hear!
The concerto receives a further performance in Cologne on 17 September, followed by the Norwegian premiere by the co-commissioners, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra with conductor André de Ridder on 20 October. The work then receives its UK premiere on 12 November with the CBSO conducted by Andris Nelsons on 12 November.

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