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Danish composers mark the trend at Huddersfield Festival 2011


Denmark’s vibrant art music scene is about to enter Britain’s leading contemporary music festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//). Edition·S represents four of the Danish composers in the festival programme, Jexper Holmen, Simon Steen-AndersenNicolai Worsaae and Steingrimur Rohloff.

In a central role we find Jexper Holmen, who reveals the result of the first year of his three-year association with hcmf//, a new work for clarinet, viola, violin, cello and electronics premiered by London Sinfonietta Chamber Players on November 19.

The Norwegian Ensemble Asamisimasa presents On and Off (Saturday 26 November), a portrait concert of Simon Steen-Andersen. Widely regarded as a leading figure in his generation, Steen-Andersen combines wit and imagination with well-crafted ideas and an awareness of the visual element of music.

FIGURA Ensemble presents a spectrum of work by young Danish composers, among them two newcomers in the Edition·S catalogue, Copenhagen based Nicolai Worsaae and Icelandic-German-Danish Steingrimur Rohloff, who is composer in residence with FIGURA in 2010-2011 (Saturday 26 November).

This major survey of trends in Danish art music is one of the key elements in hcmf// 2011. It is made possible by generous funding and close co-operation with SNYK, Wundergrund Festival, The Danish Arts Council, the Danish Composers Society and the Danish Arts Foundation.