Allan Gravgaard Madsen
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Allan Gravgaard Madsen

(1984-)

Allan Gravgaard Madsen's works are “poetically insistant” in their exploration of the tension between standstill and movement. The works consist of a micro world of sounds, sparse textures and limited musical material in which attention are drawn to the physical aspects of the classical instruments used in the composition. Often you can hear noise, air, dampened sounds combined with harmonics, pitch in extreme registers, multiphonics and other extended techniques to create a subtle universe in which one can make out traces of the strict structures underpinning the sonic surface.

Allan Gravgaard Madsen's music has been performed internationally by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DK), Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (DK), ensemble recherche (DE), JACK Quartet (US), Mimitabu (SE), SCENATET (DK), Current Saxophone Quartet (NO), Ensemble Lemniscate (CH), Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles (BE), Aksiom (NO) and many more.

He has been active in many corners of the Danish music scene. He has worked cross-genre with artists like Efterklang, Annika Aakjær and Troels Primdahl and for 10 years he was a part of the nonprofit organisation for music and sound art in Aarhus, AUT (founded in 1966). He is a former board member of SNYK and Young Nordic Music Days (UNM) and he has also co-hosted the radio show 'Taktløs' on P2, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation's channel for classical music. Since September 2014 he has been a guest curator at the online radio channel The Lake and from 2018 to 2020 he was artistic director of Århus Sinfonietta.

He has received Talent Prizes from Léonie Sonning Music Fond (2017) and Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen's Grant (2016) as well as a Special Prize from the Danish Arts Foundation for the symphonic song cycle BEINTA (2016), which he shared with his co-composer Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð. In 2013 he was awarded the Danish Composers’ Society Prize and selected for the prestigious Next Generation-programme at Donaueschinger Musiktage with his piece ‘Tanz Suite’ in 2015.

He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, with Simon Steen-Andersen, Niels Rønsholdt and Joanna Bailie including additional master classes with François Sarhan, Stefan Prins and Rasmus Zwicki.

From 2018 to 2022 Allan Gravgaard Madsen is the composer-in-residence at the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra during which he is commissioned to write three orchestral pieces. 

Available Works

  1. Concerto Grosso

    2022 • Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    Orchestra

    25 minutes

    String quartet & orchestra (3.3.3.2/4.3.3.1/2perc/arp/12.10.8.6.5)

  2. Ouvert'

    2019 • Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    Orchestra

    6:30 minutes

    3.2.3.2/4.3.3.1/timp/2perc/12.10.8.6.4

  3. Nachtmusik

    2019 • Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    Orchestra

    24 minutes

    Solo violin + solo piano + 2.2.2.2/4.3.3.0/timp/3perc/arp/12.10.8.6.4

  4. SUITE

    2018 • Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    2-6 Instruments

    21 minutes

    Picc, ob, cl, perc, pno, vln, vla, vlc

  5. Schattenschwarz

    2013 • Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    4 prepared saxophones

  6. Ouverture

    2016 • Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    1.1.1.0/0.0.0.0/perc/pno/1.0.1.1.0

  7. BEINTA

    2016 • Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð, Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    Orchestra

    40 minutes

    3.2.3.2/4.3.3.1/timp/3perc/hrp/pno/archi & amplified voice

  8. Tanz Suite

    2015 • Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    A.fl, a.sax, guit, perc, pno, vc.

  9. Weiß. Schwarz. Blau.

    2013 • Allan Gravgaard Madsen

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    Vl, Vc, Pno




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  1. Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

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    Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

  2. Allan Gravgaard Madsen: Concerto Grosso World Premiere

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    Allan Gravgaard Madsen: Concerto Grosso World Premiere

  3. Album release: BEINTA

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    Album release: BEINTA

  1. Album with Gravgaard-Madsen arrangement shortlisted for P2 Music Award

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    Album with Gravgaard-Madsen arrangement shortlisted for P2 Music Award

  2. Upcoming performances 2022

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    Upcoming performances 2022

  3. Århus Sinfonietta Anniversary Concert

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    Århus Sinfonietta Anniversary Concert

  4. Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

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    Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

  5. Edition·S at Nordic Music Days

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    Edition·S at Nordic Music Days

  6. World Premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Close to You

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    World Premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Close to You

  7. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  8. Interview · Allan Gravgaard Madsen

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    Interview · Allan Gravgaard Madsen

  9. Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Concert video

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    Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Concert video

  10. Danish premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · SUITE

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    Danish premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · SUITE

  11. Premieres and performances · KLANG festival

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    Premieres and performances · KLANG festival

  12. Review · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Ouvert´

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    Review · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Ouvert´

  13. (UK) World Premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Ouvert' · Interview

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    (UK) World Premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Ouvert' · Interview

  14. (DK) World Premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Ouvert' · Interview

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    (DK) World Premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Ouvert' · Interview

  15. Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

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    Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

  16. Composers nominated for Carl Prisen 2020

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    Composers nominated for Carl Prisen 2020

  17. Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

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    Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

  18. Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Nachtmusik · Album release

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    Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Nachtmusik · Album release

  19. Jexper Holmen & Allan Gravgaard Madsen receive Danish Arts Foundation awards

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    Jexper Holmen & Allan Gravgaard Madsen receive Danish Arts Foundation awards

  20. Nordic Music Days 2019

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    Nordic Music Days 2019

  21. Nachtmusik reviewed

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    Nachtmusik reviewed

  22. Allan Gravgaard Madsen in Politiken

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    Allan Gravgaard Madsen in Politiken

  23. World premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Nachtmusik

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    World premiere · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Nachtmusik

  24. Uropførelse · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Nachtmusik

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    Uropførelse · Allan Gravgaard Madsen · Nachtmusik

  25. Nordic Music Days 2019

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    Nordic Music Days 2019

  26. Christina Åstrand nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize

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    Christina Åstrand nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize

  27. BEINTA back in Aarhus

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    BEINTA back in Aarhus

  28. Simon Christensen world premiere and more

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    Simon Christensen world premiere and more

  29. New Christmas music by Line Tjørnhøj and more

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    New Christmas music by Line Tjørnhøj and more

  30. Gravgaard Madsen Premiere at Warsaw Autumn

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    Gravgaard Madsen Premiere at Warsaw Autumn

  31. Gravgaard Madsen new symphonic composer-in-residence

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    Gravgaard Madsen new symphonic composer-in-residence

  32. Two young composers making their debuts

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    Two young composers making their debuts

  33. Carl Prize nominations for BEINTA and Stauning

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    Carl Prize nominations for BEINTA and Stauning

  34. Gravgaard Madsen receives Léonie Sonning talent prize

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    Gravgaard Madsen receives Léonie Sonning talent prize

  35. Edition·S pieces at UNM Festival 2016

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    Edition·S pieces at UNM Festival 2016

  36. Edition·S composers receive Carl Nielsen Grant

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    Edition·S composers receive Carl Nielsen Grant

  37. Great reviews of BEINTA

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    Great reviews of BEINTA

  38. World premiere of BEINTA – symphonic song cycle

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    World premiere of BEINTA – symphonic song cycle

  39. Progressive students

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    Progressive students

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  1. October 2021
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    October

    Allan Gravgaard Madsen: Tanz Suite

    time16:00

    location Musikhuset, Aarhus, Denmark

    performed by Århus Sinfonietta conducted by Mathias Skaarup Sørensen

  1. May 2022
  2. 19

    May

    Allan Gravgaard Madsen: Concerto Grosso

    time19:30

    location Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark

    performed by Performed by JACK Quartet, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Bancroft