Niels  Rønsholdt
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Niels Rønsholdt

(1978-)

Niels Rønsholdt's works include experimental operas, installations, performances and concert music. Rønsholdt works with a kind of ‘method composing’ where conceptual constructions involve performance, text and a musical expression that reference e.g. mainstream music and historical musical forms. 

He is concerned with connecting music’s fundamentally abstract nature with concrete sounds such as whip cracks, footsteps and breathing. On the one hand it is the abstract musical sounds that make up the compositional whole. On the other hand their individual sound quality brings a wealth of meanings and associations with them. Rønsholdt often works with extreme and intimate human expressions. He is particularly interested in those whose meaning is contradictory but nearly identical in terms of sound, e.g. the sounds behind excitement in the form of fear, pain or pleasure. In spite of the musical expression being uniform on first impression one is violently pulled around through different associations and readings. The composer finds his way into the intimate sphere of both the characters that appear in the works as well as that of the listener. 

For Rønsholdt music is bound up with the body. Both in performance and in listening. Music’s basic substance has sensual elements in the form of rhythm and flow and many of Rønsholdt’s works circle around an erotic field of tension with a point of departure in the voice generally and breathing specifically. “The voice is interesting because there exists a merging between it and the person without any distance between body and sound. We are trained to read the most miniscule nuances - surprise, grief, pleasure, anxiety; therefore I try to crystallise and create sequences where these very different feelings are brought into play, change and create a complex network of (often contradictory) feelings and expressions - all within a structure that on the surface appears the same.”

Niels Rønsholdt studied composition at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. Here he was taught by, amongst others, Karl Aage Rasmussen and Bent Sørensen. He furthered his studies in Berlin and received private tuition from the composer Helmut Oehring.

Rønsholdt has received many stipendia from, amongst others, the Danish Arts Foundation and Akademie der Künste. In 2009 he was awarded a 3 year stipendium by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Selected Works

Gaze for Gaze (2017)

Songs of Doubt (2015)

Fear and loath in g minor (2014)

Me Quitte (2013)

Americana (2013)

The Merman (2008)

Die Wanderin (2007)

Available Works

All categories Solo 2-6 Instruments 7+ Instruments Choir Orchestra Music Drama and Stage Music Educational Music Other

  1. Country – Part 2

    2020 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Orchestra

  2. Civilizations (version for sinfonietta)

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

  3. Breathless Moment

    2016 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Other

  4. Etude

    2018 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Educational Music

  5. Archive of Emotions and Experiences, Book 2

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

  6. Archive of Emotions and Experiences, Book 1

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

  7. Book of Prayers

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Choir

  8. Until Nothing Left

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

  9. Country – Part 1

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Orchestra

  10. Civilizations

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Orchestra

  11. Gaze for Gaze

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Music Drama and Stage Music

  12. Drink me, make me real

    2002 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  13. Exile

    2016 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  14. Wir I

    2005 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

  15. Shame

    2016 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  16. Songs of Doubt

    2015 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Choir

  17. Gloomy Room

    2009 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

  18. Al-Aqsa

    2008 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  19. Americana

    2013 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  20. Fear and loath in g minor

    2014 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  21. Me Quitte (version for orchestra)

    2014 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Orchestra

  22. The Merman (version for chamber orchestra)

    2013 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

  23. The Merman

    2008 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

  24. Me Quitte (full version)

    2013 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

  25. Burning

    2012 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  26. Me Quitte

    2012 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

  27. Die Wanderin

    2007 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  28. Torso

    2007 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

  29. Archeopteryx Dances

    2010 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

  30. Unter den Lidern

    2007 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments




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News

  1. String quartet in 100 movements by Rønsholdt

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    String quartet in 100 movements by Rønsholdt

  2. Tjørnhøj & Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

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    Tjørnhøj & Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

  3. Nordic Council Music Prize nominations

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    Nordic Council Music Prize nominations

Calendar

  1. September 2021
  2. 18

    September

    Niels Rønsholdt: Centalog

    time16:00

    location Frederiksberg Festspil, La Oficina, Frederiksberg, Denmark

    performed by Taïga String Quartet