Trondheim Chamber Music Festival 19.-26. SEPTEMBER 2021

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Festival Composer

Publisert: 17/03/2020


The Trondheim Chamber Music Festival proudly presents Caroline Shaw as Festival Composer 2021. For Partita for 8 Voices she won a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 2013, as the youngest Pulitzer Music Prize winner ever, aged 30. Shaw is a vocalist, violinist / viola player, composer and producer. She has composed for star sopranos Renée Fleming and Dawn Upshaw, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, and LA Philharmonic to name a few. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry.  

Nine different works by Shaw will be performed at the festival in September. Highlights include Partita for 8 Voices and Entr’acte at the Opening Concert in the Nidaros Cathedral and the song cycle Is a Rose with Caroline Shaw herself as a soloist together by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

Full programme will be released on 17 June.

Since 1999 the festival has yearly presented a living composer. Our goal is to play as broad a spectre of the composer’s music as possible throughout the week and at the same time include and inspire the local music life. We believe that the barrier to new music is reduced when you meet a living composer who also can explain his or her own work. We are very proud to have had the following composers at the festival;

James MacMillan (1999)
Jon Balke (2001) (also commissioned work)
Luciano Berio (2002)
Steve Reich (2003)
Sofia Gubaidulina (2004) (also commissioned work)
Thomas Adès (2005)
Magnus Lindberg (2006)
George Crumb (2007)
Rolf Wallin (2008)
Osvaldo Golijov (2009)
HK Gruber (2010)
Brett Dean (2011)
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (2012)
Lera Auerbach (2013)
Kaija Saariaho (2014)
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (2015)
Bent Sørensen (2016)
Sally Beamish (2017)
Michel van der Aa (2018)
Lasse Thoresen (2019)