Allan Gravgaard Madsen (b. 1984)

Allan Gravgaard Madsen explores the micro world of sound, opening up sparse textures in which he draws attention to the physical aspects of the classical instruments he uses: key noises, breathing, the pressure of the bow on the strings are combined with harmonics, multiphonics and other extended techniques to create a subtle universe in which one can make out traces of the strict structures underpinning the sonic surface.

Allan Gravgaard Madsen is a composer active in many corners of the Danish music scene. Besides his activities as a concert arranger – he is a board member of AUT and former board member of SNYK and Young Nordic Music Days (UNM) – he has also been a co-host on Taktløs, a radio show on P2, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation's channel for classical music, and since September 2014 guest curator at the online radio channel The Lake. 

His works have been performed by renowned ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, SCENATET, ensemble recherche, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Esbjerg Ensemble, Lydenskab, Pärlor för Svin, Aarhus Sinfonietta, and Aksiom Ensemble.

He recieved the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize 2017, an award from the Danish Arts Foundation 2016 for the symphonic song cycle BEINTA, a talent prize from Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s Grant 2016, and the Danish Composers’ Society Prize 2013.

He studied composition at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus with Simon Steen-Andersen, Niels Rønsholdt, and Joanna Bailie, with additional master classes with François Sarhan, Stefan Prins and Rasmus Zwicki.