Ensemble Nordlys (Denmark)Classical Tour Jolson Oshiro, clarinet Christine Pryn, violin Frederik Waage, cello Joachim Olsson, piano
Taking its name from the appropriately ethereal Northern Lights, Ensemble Nordlys represents an effervescent synergy of old and new. Not content with mastering an extravagantly wide repertoire of baroque, romantic and contemporary classics, this self-styled “Ensemble of the Future” strives constantly to redefine the relationship between performer and composer. Comprising Jolson Oshiro, clarinet, Christine Pryn, violin, Frederik Waage, cello, and Joachim Olsson, piano, Ensemble Nordlys can be heard in Ireland on a Music Network tour from November 2 – 12, 2005. Performing works by Brahms, Schumann, Gade and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Ensemble Nordlys will also give the first performance of John McLachlan’s The Metal Pig, commissioned by Music Network with financial assistance from the Arts Council’s Commissions Award. In addition they will perform The Shadow by Polish composer Rafal Augustyn. The Metal Pig and The Shadow take their inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen fairytales. Music Network tours are grant-aided by the Arts Council and presented in association with The Irish Times and with RTÉ lyric fm. Further information from www.musicnetwork.ie or from (01) 671 9429.
Since their critically acclaimed début in 1997, Ensemble Nordlys has given numerous concerts both in Denmark and abroad, as well as having been regularly featured on Danish Radio. Ensemble Nordlys has toured to many countries including Vietnam, Iceland, Poland, and Germany. Last year Ensemble Nordlys was selected to represent Denmark at the international EU Music Festival in the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. In 2001 the quartet released its first CD Nordlys which was nominated for a Grammy as best chamber music recording. As the only chamber ensemble, Ensemble Nordlys has been picked to take part in the official worldwide celebration of the 200th anniversary of H.C. Andersen in 2005. Ensemble Nordlys has given the first performance of some 35 works and has worked closely with several acclaimed composers. Composers such as Hans Werner Henze and Gunther Schuller have been supervising the quartet, and two of Denmark’s most talented young composers are attached to Ensemble Nordlys as composers in residence. www.ensemblenordlys.dk
Jolson Oshiro (clarinet) was educated at Arizona State University (USA), and later continued his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He won the first prize in the Arizona Young Performers Competition and was a finalist in Butterfield Young Musicians Competition and San Angelo Competition. Christine Pryn (violin) was educated in Denmark and Germany. She has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships including the Danish Musical Reviewer’s Prize in 2001. Christine has appeared as a soloist with several Danish and foreign orchestras including the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra and National Irish Symphony Orchestra.
Frederik Waage (cello) was admitted to the Luxembourg Conservatory at the age of eight and later studied in England, Denmark and the United States. He was a prize-winner in several competitions, including the Eva Janzer Memorial Popper Cello Competition in Indiana, USA in 1997.
Joachim Olsson (piano) received his education in Sweden and Denmark. In 1993 he was the winner of the “Music in Scandia Talent Prize”, and has since appeared with various ensembles at many prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe, including the Warsaw Autumn Festival in Poland.
Brahms Scherzo for violin and piano in C minor
Schumann Marchenerzahlungen, Op 132 for clarinet, cello and piano
Gade Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op 43
John McLachlan The Metal Pig (World première, Dublin, 2/11/05)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Piano Trio in D minor, Op 49
Rafal Augustyn Shadow, Inc: A parable for four players
On Tour: Wed 2 Nov Dublin (Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Thurs 3 Nov Waterford (Waterford City Hall, 8pm), Fri 4 Nov Limerick (Georgian House & Garden, Pery Square, 8pm), Sat 5 Nov Bray (Mermaid Arts Centre, 8pm), Sun 6 Nov Tinahely (Courthouse Arts Centre, 4pm), Tues 8 Nov Ballymoney (Arts Centre at Ballymoney Town Hall, 8pm), Wed 9 Nov Navan (St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, 8pm), Thurs 10 Nov Derry (The Great Hall, Magee Campus, 8pm), Fri 11 Nov Lisburn (Island Arts Centre, 8pm), Sat 12 Nov Bangor (North Down Heritage Centre, 8pm)
"These musicians are quite simply in a class of their own."- Berlingske Tidende