Hans-Henrik  Nordstrøm

Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

(1947-)

Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Nordstrøm has composed music since he was 13 years old, but it was not until 1988 that he stepped forward as a composer at a workshop with the Esbjerg Ensemble. In 1990 he had his official professional debut at a DUT concert in Copenhagen with the piece The Mountains of Monestiés. Since then he has made his mark as a composer and has received numerous commissions and his works have been performed by leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists home and abroad. He has received working bursaries and travel grants from the State Foundation for the Arts every year since 1990, Hans Peter Nielsen's Grant 1991, Danish Composer's Society's Grant 2001 and Wilhelm Hansen Foundation's Grant 2003 & 2004. Composer of the Year 2003 at Bornholms Music Festival. Composer's Portrait of the Year 2004 in Birkeroed, north of Copenhagen.

Since 1991 he has worked exclusively as a composer. He has been one of the artistic leaders of the Contemporary Music in Suså festivals since 1993. Nordstrøm's works have been performed at numerous festivals, concerts and in radio broadcasts both at home in Denmark and abroad.

Most of the time he is working in his house in the woods in Middle Seeland ind Denmark but every summer he is making working spent stays in the North Atlantic area, in the Faroe Islands, in Iceland, In Lofoten, Norway, on the Hebredies, on the Shetland Isles, including Fair Isle, in Ireland and in Brittany in France and the Balkans aswell. In wintertime he is working in southern Europe - Italy, Spain, France, Malta, the Azores, Mexico and the Canarian Isles.

Nordstrøm´s works comprise primarily instrumental music: pieces for orchestra, sinfonietta, ensembles and soloists. There are also some vocal pieces. The music often takes its inspiration impressions from nature, both at a local and a cosmic level, and - in a growing degree - from the literary world, from Borges, Lorca and from Joyce. In other instances the pieces arise from "pure" musical ideas and structures. It is often very emotive music, sometimes of a contemplative character, which speaks not only the listener's intellect but also to his or her emotions. In Nordstrøm´s successive works, in recent years with an increasing number of vocal works, a development can be perceived from a relatively simple but expressive structure to more equivocal, multi-layered and refined expressive forms. These are, however, still firmly rooted in emotional aspects, where the music develops in more complex and plastic directions. The music becomes more pulsating and variable in its gestures while at the same time developing further a preference for delicate work with timbre and the special characteristics of the individual instruments.

Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm´s music has often been described as being markedly Nordic in its tonal quality and the music in some ways does owe much to Nordic music and Nordic nature. But the music is developing and the sources of inspiration are much broader and more comprehensive which can be observed by viewing the increasing number of works inspired from litterature.

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  1. Hlíðarendi

    2019 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

  2. Neowise

    2020 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

  3. String Quartet No. 8 (Alfama)

    2020 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  4. Vandremusik

    2019 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

  5. Nocturnos de la ventana

    2017 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  6. Fantasi

    2019 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

  7. Viajar Es

    2019 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

  8. Cycle III

    2016 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

  9. Strygekvartet nr. 7 ((0))

    2017 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  10. Musica dell'Acqua

    2016 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  11. Sphinx

    2015 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

  12. Cycle II

    2011 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Orchestra

  13. The New Fire

    2009 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Orchestra

  14. Skitser fra Island

    2003 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  15. Skyggernes land

    2000 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  16. Vækst

    2002 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  17. Nada y todo

    2001 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  18. Chac

    2001 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

  19. Mouvements

    2000 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  20. The Twelve Bens

    2001 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  21. Nuages élégiaques

    2004 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

  22. Finnegan's

    2005 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

  23. Fair Isle

    2002 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

  24. Nuages d'automne

    2004 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

  25. In the Woods

    2001 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

  26. Dialog

    1991 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

  27. Bjergene i Monestiés

    1988 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

  28. Drømmespor II

    1995 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

  29. Triptychos

    1990 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments




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