Kantorei is excited to announce that it has named Kim André Arnesen as its Composer in Residence for the 2015-2016 concert season! Arnesen, a Norwegian composer, will compose as many as six new works for the ensemble during the 2015-2016 season, which begins in October, 2015. The collaboration will culminate with a two-week visit from Arnesen in March, 2016, when Kantorei premieres his new works in Denver.
"We are thrilled to partner with Kim and bring his music to the Denver community, and to help bring beautiful new music into the world," said Kantorei Artistic Director, Joel Rinsema. "Kim is a rising star in the choral world, and his writing suits our ensemble very well. We can’t wait to begin working with him."
Arnesen grew up in Trondheim, Norway and started music school at the age of 6, playing the piano. He was later educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim and is an elected member of the Norwegian Society of Composers. In 2013, his works ‘Even when He is silent’ and ‘Cradle Hymn’ were released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray as part of the "Christmas in Norway" program featuring the St. Olaf Choir and Nidaros Cathedral Girls Choir. The concert aired on public television throughout the United States and Norway, and ‘Cradle Hymn’ became the bestseller among Santa Barbara Music Publishing´s Christmas music in 2014.
“Getting the opportunity to be the Composer in Residence for one of the finest choral ensembles in the United States is one of the most exciting and greatest challenges so far for me as a composer,” said Arnesen. “The sound of Kantorei is to me the ideal sound of a choir: pure and warm. It is an honor for me to work with Kantorei and their Artistic Director, Joel Rinsema.”
Arnesen will visit Denver from his home in Norway in March, 2016. During his two-week visit, he will work with the singers of Kantorei at multiple rehearsals that will be free and open to the public. Arnesen will also work with local university composition classes, and has plans to visit local schools that are planning on programming his music during that year. The visit will culminate with two concerts performed by Kantorei, during which Arnesen’s new works will be premiered.
“I look forward to meeting the people in Denver and making new friends. I feel very inspired and I'm eager to start writing,” said Arnesen.