Simon Løffler receives the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen honorary award

November 20, Simon Løffler will receive the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen honorary award

Simon Løffler / Photo by Alexander Banck-Petersen

The four grants each consist of 750.000 DKK and will be given by the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation November 20 at 19:30 in The Black Diamond, Copenhagen. The four grants go to composers Simon Løffler and Louise Alenius Boserup, piano trio Trio con Brio Copenhagen, and bass baryton Johan Reuter. 

The honorary awards of the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation are Denmark’s largest one-off culture awards given to Danish artists. The awards are given as a special acknowledgement of the recipients’ already demonstrated talent and as an encouragement and help to the artists’ future work.

In this regard, we asked recipient Simon Løffler a couple of questions.

How does it feel to be given the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen honorary award?

“It is with a sense of pride, I receive the award. It has caused me to reflect on how I can continue to grow as a composer, not only in terms of moving forward but also in terms of revisiting things I have left behind, such as instruments and pitches.” 

Have you been working on something this year that is especially meaningful to you?

“I have spent the last 6 months on a piece called Dreamwork Unplugged for Ensemble Nadar. Following the premiere in September, I realized that it might not be completely finished yet.” 

What do you have in mind spending the grant on, when you receive the honorary award November 20?

“I really haven't had the time to think about how to spend the grant. At the same time, I have just begun a research project in Oslo called Becoming Animal, where I will explore methods on ways which the performing artist can transform into an animal-like being on stage.”

In their motivation, the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen foundation wrote:

Simon Løffler focuses on unfamiliar sensorimotor techniques and the contact between the body, live electric fields, and mechanical elements. His works demand that the musicians have to learn -not only to play complicated music- but also to exercise the body to function in a whole new way within a certain construction of performative possibilities and challenges. Løffler's work expands the instrumental and compositional field on several levels and is a part of the post-instrumental music composition in his re-conceptualization of what instrumental practice can or will be when it involves objects and machines.   

Edition·S congratulates Simon Løffler on this fine award.

Read more about Simon Løffler and his works at Edition·S here.