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

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  1. Civilizations (version for sinfonietta)

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

  2. Breathless Moment

    2016 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Other

  3. Etude

    2018 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Educational Music

  4. Archive of Emotions and Experiences, Book 2

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

  5. Archive of Emotions and Experiences, Book 1

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

  6. Book of Prayers

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Choir

  7. Until Nothing Left

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

  8. Educate·S · Stykker for cello

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir, Jexper Holmen, Ejnar Kanding, Jesper Koch, Eva Noer Kondrup, Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen, Mette Nielsen, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen,   Fuzzy , Niels Rønsholdt

    Educational Music

  9. Country – Parts 1 & 2

    2020 • 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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  1. SWR2 Jetztmusik highlights Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen

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    SWR2 Jetztmusik highlights Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen

  2. Praise for Rønsholdt

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    Praise for Rønsholdt

  3. Niels Rønsholdt Country Album

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    Niels Rønsholdt Country Album

  1. Niels Rønsholdt Album Release

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    Niels Rønsholdt Album Release

  2. Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

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    Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

  3. String quartet in 100 movements by Rønsholdt

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    String quartet in 100 movements by Rønsholdt

  4. Tjørnhøj & Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

    nominations / awards

    Tjørnhøj & Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

  5. Nordic Council Music Prize nominations

    nominations / awards

    Nordic Council Music Prize nominations

  6. Reviews · SPOR festival

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    Reviews · SPOR festival

  7. World Premieres · Rønsholdt, Nielsen, Black & Ernst at SPOR

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    World Premieres · Rønsholdt, Nielsen, Black & Ernst at SPOR

  8. Niels Rønsholdt nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2020

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    Niels Rønsholdt nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2020

  9. Rønsholdt piece at online concert by KLANG Festival and P2

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    Rønsholdt piece at online concert by KLANG Festival and P2

  10. Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

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    Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

  11. Niels Rønsholdt on 'Country' · SPOR Festival 2020

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    Niels Rønsholdt on 'Country' · SPOR Festival 2020

  12. Nordic Music Days 2019

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    Nordic Music Days 2019

  13. Reviews · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

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    Reviews · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

  14. Rønsholdt, Løffler, and Gísladóttir on Warsaw Autumn Festival

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    Rønsholdt, Løffler, and Gísladóttir on Warsaw Autumn Festival

  15. World premiere · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

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    World premiere · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

  16. Uropførelse · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

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    Uropførelse · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

  17. Praising words to Rønsholdt and Black in Seismograf

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    Praising words to Rønsholdt and Black in Seismograf

  18. Nordic Music Days 2019

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    Nordic Music Days 2019

  19. Country - a cello concert by Rønsholdt

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    Country - a cello concert by Rønsholdt

  20. KLANG 2019

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    KLANG 2019

  21. Save 25% on all solo pieces

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    Save 25% on all solo pieces

  22. Niels Rønsholdt turns 40

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    Niels Rønsholdt turns 40

  23. Review of Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen at SPOR

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    Review of Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen at SPOR

  24. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  25. Edition·S composers at Darmstadt

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    Edition·S composers at Darmstadt

  26. SPOR presents Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen

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    SPOR presents Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen

  27. Tjørnhøj and Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

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    Tjørnhøj and Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

  28. X & X – new Hodkinson/Rønsholdt project

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    X & X – new Hodkinson/Rønsholdt project

  29. Excellent review of Rønsholdt’s Songs of Doubt CD

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    Excellent review of Rønsholdt’s Songs of Doubt CD

  30. Praise for Falling Awake, MONO and Civilizations

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    Praise for Falling Awake, MONO and Civilizations

  31. Niels Rønsholdt’s Songs of Doubt released on CD

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    Niels Rønsholdt’s Songs of Doubt released on CD

  32. Accordion, yoga and audience participation – of course

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    Accordion, yoga and audience participation – of course

  33. The sound of Denmark’s colonization of Greenland

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    The sound of Denmark’s colonization of Greenland

  34. New Rønsholdt works are

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    New Rønsholdt works are "hypnotically beautiful"

  35. New Rønsholdt opera premiering in the dark

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    New Rønsholdt opera premiering in the dark

  36. The world’s first opera app is launched

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    The world’s first opera app is launched

  37. Great Review of Me Quitte

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    Great Review of Me Quitte

  38. Niels Rønsholdt in Hong Kong

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    Niels Rønsholdt in Hong Kong

  39. Danish premiere of Songs of Doubt by Niels Rønsholdt

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    Danish premiere of Songs of Doubt by Niels Rønsholdt

  40. Niels Rønsholdt writes music for The Fool

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    Niels Rønsholdt writes music for The Fool

  41. Four New Composer Portraits

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    Four New Composer Portraits

  42. Rønsholdt and Kynde featured at November Music

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    Rønsholdt and Kynde featured at November Music

  43. Klejs & Rønsholdt to Shanghai

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    Klejs & Rønsholdt to Shanghai

  44. World Premiere of Niels Rønsholdt's New Piece

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    World Premiere of Niels Rønsholdt's New Piece

  45. Branching Out

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    Branching Out

  46. Chromatische Weltmusik and the Ghost of Schubert at Klangspuren Festival

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    Chromatische Weltmusik and the Ghost of Schubert at Klangspuren Festival

  47. Klangspuren Festival

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    Klangspuren Festival

  48. Word for Word in Roskilde

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    Word for Word in Roskilde

  49. Inverted Notions and Introverted Space

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    Inverted Notions and Introverted Space

  50. Klang Festival 2014

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    Klang Festival 2014

  51. SPOR Festival 2014

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    SPOR Festival 2014

  52. Rønsholdt appointed at the Royal Academy of Music, Århus/Ålborg

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    Rønsholdt appointed at the Royal Academy of Music, Århus/Ålborg

  53. Edition·S composers home and abroad

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    Edition·S composers home and abroad

  54. Jack Quartet in Denmark

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    Jack Quartet in Denmark

  55. Niels Rønsholdt in Belgium

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    Niels Rønsholdt in Belgium

  56. DokumentarKoncert #2: Niels Rønsholdt

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    DokumentarKoncert #2: Niels Rønsholdt

  57. Me Quitte at SPOR Festival

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    Me Quitte at SPOR Festival

  58. SPOR Festival 2013

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    SPOR Festival 2013

  59. SPOR Programme Released

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    SPOR Programme Released

  60. Gothenburg Burning

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    Gothenburg Burning

  61. Me Quitte Granted 50,000 DKKr.

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    Me Quitte Granted 50,000 DKKr.

  62. Edition·S experiments with composer portraits

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    Edition·S experiments with composer portraits

  63. Edition·S invasion at Athelas next week

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    Edition·S invasion at Athelas next week

  64. Two premieres at SPOR Festival 2012

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    Two premieres at SPOR Festival 2012

  65. A Busy Spring for Edition·S Composers

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    A Busy Spring for Edition·S Composers

  66. Edition·S and SPOR festival join forces

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    Edition·S and SPOR festival join forces

  67. New exciting blog-montage on seismograf.org

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    New exciting blog-montage on seismograf.org

  68. Podcast Interviews from hcmf// 2011

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    Podcast Interviews from hcmf// 2011

  69. Huddersfield Interviews & Reviews

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    Huddersfield Interviews & Reviews

  70. Denmark enters the Huddersfield Festival 2011

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    Denmark enters the Huddersfield Festival 2011

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Calendar

  1. September 2021
  2. 18

    September

    Niels Rønsholdt: Centalog

    time16:00

    location Frederiksberg Festspil, La Oficina, Frederiksberg, Denmark

    performed by Taïga String Quartet