17th April, 19:30, BNR, Concert Studio - Solo Recital by Ellen Ugelvik (NO)

Ellen Ugelvik (NORWAY)


Special guests:
Bente Leiknes Thorsen & Christian Jaksjø

Christian Blom (b. 1974, Norway):
Lyric Pieces for solo piano (2012) *
(based on five of Edvard Grieg’s Lyriske stykker)
[dedicated to Ellen Ugelvik]
Little Bird (Liten fugl)
Watchman’s Song (Vektersang)
Butterfly (Sommerfugl)
Solitary Traveller (Ensom vandrer)

Bente Leiknes Thorsen (b. 1980, Norway):
with my ear to the ground
(at the tips of my fingers)
for piano and live electronics (2016) **
(supported by the Arts Council Norway)
[dedicated to Ellen Ugelvik]
Bente Leiknes Thorsen – live electronics

Bente Leiknes Thorsen’s attendance is supported by
the Norwegian Society of Composers.

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Magne Hegdal (b. 1944, Norway):
Songs and Flowers (Annotations VIII – XVII) for solo piano (2004) *
 “For 4 no. 4”
“Nord” for choir

Christian Jaksjø (b. 1973, Norway):
Encountering the Imaginary [Ulysses]
for piano and live electronics (2011) *
[dedicated to Ellen Ugelvik]
Christian Jaksjø – live electronics

* Bulgarian premiere
** World premiere

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Ellen Ugelvik concentrates on discovering and performing new works by contemporary composers. She works as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, USA and Asia. She has been invited to festivals such as the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, Donaueschingen Festival, Tasten – Berliner Klaviertage, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ultraschall, Tzlil Meudcan, Gaudeamus, Kammer Klang, Musikhøst, Rainy Days, De Suite Muziekweek, Angelica Festival, Kwadrofonik Festival, Nordic Music Days, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Südseite Nachts, Other Minds, Monday Evening Concerts, Risør Festival of Chamber Music, Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Borealis, Happy Days and Ilios.
She collaborates with composers like Helmut Lachenmann, Carola Bauckholdt, George Crumb, Simon Steen-Andersen, Mathias Spahlinger, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Michael Finnissy, Clemens Gadenstätter, Dai Fujikura, Magne Hegdal, Therese Birkelund Ulvo, Trond Reinholdtsen, Christian Blom, Bente Leiknes Thorsen and Øyvind Torvund.
Her commitment to contemporary music is widely recognised. In 2008 she received the State Grant for Performing Artists, one of the most coveted awards in Norway. Today she is a research fellow at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, working on a project giving premieres of five new piano concerti in the period 2013 – 2016. The first concerto was premiered at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2013.
She has performed as a soloist with the most important orchestras and ensembles in Norway such as Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta and Risør Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of the ensembles asamisimasa, Jagerflygel and Polygon.
Her first solo album was rewarded with the Norwegian Grammy in 2008. She also won a Norwegian Grammy with asamisimasa in 2012 for the album Pretty Sound with music by Simon Steen-Andersen. In 2016 her fourth solo album with music by Magne Hegdal will be released.