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Kronos launches new Fifty for the Future site

Fifty for the Future is the ambitious project initialized by Kronos Quartet to give young musicians free access to contemporary string quartets. The new the site provides a gateway to discover, explore and learn contemporary string quartets composed by 25 women and 25 men from around the world. The free digital learning library currently contains 30 scores and parts, recordings, program notes and supplemental learning …

He will conduct Karin’s newest work

Saturday April 18, 2020, the world premiere of Karin Rehnqvist’s newest work – composed for choir and symphony orchestra It is still without a title, and is an order from Eduard van Beinum Foundation for NTR SaturdayMatinee and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; (NTR is a Dutch public-service broadcaster). The first performance takes place in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.Participants are Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Groot Omroepkoor (where …

‘Timpanum songs – Herding calls’ now in choral version

Already in 1989, Karin Rehnqvist composed the work Timpanum songs – Herding calls/ Puksånger – lockrop, for two voices and timpanum. The piece contains traditional Swedish folk songs, poems by William Blake and Maria Sabina. In 1994 it was recorded with the singers Lena Willemark and Susanne Rosenberg and Helena Gabrielsson, percussion. Twenty-four years later, a section from Timpanum songs – Herding calls  reappears, the second …

#4 on Swedish top list

The Swedish magazine for classical music, OPUS, publishes the so-called OPUS list every year in December.  20 people or organizations in Swedish music life as “everyone made a difference during the past year of music. Persons that won, renewed, improved or simply just been senselessly good.” OPUS, publishes the so-called OPUS List every year in December. In 2018 Karin Rehnqvist ends up in a raised …

Sun Song in Svalbard

The highly sought-after soprano Berit Norbakken Solset will perform two works by Karin Rehnqvist in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (northern Norway). The concert – on the date for the sun returning after four months of Polar Night – will be held in The Longyearbyen Culture House, February 16th, during the world’s northernmost classical festival – Arctic Chamber Music Festival 2018 – made by the world’s northernmost orchestra. Performing …

Autumn 2016

  Friday 19 August 2016, 4 pm, Oslo – Europan Premiere Saturday 27 August 2016, 8 pm, Helsinki The Nordic Choir Expedition Davids nimm, version for three solor voices and ladies choir from 1984  Maria Denérus, Helena Ströberg, sopranos, Maria Erlan Carlson, mezzo Eric Ericson Chamber Choir Florian Benfer, cond. More info › 16 September 2016, 8 pm Ren Rehnqvist, Absolutt Alpaca – a jubilee concert  In Orbit – Premiere Beginning Ensemble Alpaca + Rolf Borch, clarinets Dokkhuset, Trondheim About the …

The complete When I Close My Eyes …

For the first time there was a complete performance of the choir piece When I Close My Eyes I Dream of Peace composed for mixed choir by Karin Rehnqvist in 2015. The performance took place in a concert with the Oslo choir Schola Cantorum in Arvika Church October 15, 2016. Conductor: Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl. Here is a review: A monumental work from 2015 by Karin Rehnqvist …

Rehnqvist’s strings in San Francisco

Friday night, February 5, is day two of 2016 Explorer Festival featuring Kronos Quartet and guests. ‘Only sound remains’. Place: Miner Auditorium SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. The concert includes a bunch of premieres: – one US premiere: Karin Rehnqvist / All Those Strings! features celebrated Finnish musician Ritva Koistinen performing with Kronos on the zither-like kantele – one West Coast premiere: Aleksandra Vrebalov / Bubbles – one San Francisco premiere: Nicole Lizée / The Golden …

Blood hoof – The retelling of an Eddic saga

Karin Rehnqvist together with the musicians Lena Willemark, voice, and ensemble recherche, Freiburg (above), experiment with new sounds at a workshop in Freiburg, Germany, for a new Rehnqvist piece – Blodhov / Bloodhoof. There will be a musical setting of Gevður Kristný’s book-length poem Bloodhoof, a retelling of an Eddic saga, for ensemble recherche and Lena Willemark. See the video from a workshop with the musicians Melise Mellinger, Barbara Maurer, Åsa Åkerberg, …

“As a composer, I am the consummate listener”

I would like to begin by saying a great and heartfelt “Thank you!” to Birmingham City University for this honorary degree. It is indeed a great honor, and I feel happy, energized, and inspired! And it is a real pleasure to establish closer ties with this city, with its long and very fine tradition of new music. I would also like to thank the staff …