Niels  Rønsholdt
Kåre Viemose

Niels Rønsholdt

(1978-)

Niels Rønsholdt (b.1978) has strong roots in Aarhus, where he grew up and was educated. He received his professional training at the Royal Academy of Music with Karl Aage Rasmussen and Bent Sørensen, and in Berlin with Helmut Oehring. He still lives in Aarhus today, but his music is by no means parochial: it bears his own distinctive imprint.

In recent years, Rønsholdt has described his approach towards what he calls ‘method composing’. As with actors’ ‘method acting’, the composer finds his inspiration in close study, not of a particular human character but of a specific musical genre or style which he makes his own. He familiarizes himself with the chosen genre through a process in which he studies its ‘authentic’ traits, for example the pathos and melancholy of a French chanson (Me Quitte, 2014), the transparency, action and drama in a Baroque recitative (Ord for Ord, 2014), the virtuosic and picturesque in a romantic piano composition (Archive of Emotions and Experiences, 2019), the nationalistic and national romantic in a symphonic work (Civilizations, 2017), and the popular and sentimental in country music (as for example in Country, 2019-20).

Rønsholdt uses his study of the chosen genres as a starting point for his scores, including their dramaturgic aspirations and theatrical stagings. In his music and when writing for the stage, the genre being employed not only sits beneath the work but is also alienating: for example Country substitutes a cello, played sideways like a guitar, for that iconic instrument, and its masculine, emotive singing style is contrasted with synthesised and non-binary voices. In Me Quitte and Ord for Ord, the composer himself acts as crooner and first lover. This creates a double meaning which gives the works both presence and feeling, while at the same time providing an unconventional role for the composer.

Contrast, reflection and fracture are especially significant in Rønsholdt’s compositions. The music’s genres are recognisable, but they progress through concepts which lead both the music and the public onto uncertain ground. Wonder and curiosity are central players in our experience of the scenarios which are carefully built up, in a sensuous and intense atmosphere corresponding to a real sense of embodiment, with whip-cracks and hefty chord progressions.

Rønsholdt has worked with the Danish ensemble SCENATET on a great many of his projects, with works commissioned by a number of international ensembles who perform them around Europe. Rønsholdt is a prizewinning composer and the recipient of stipends, including from the Academy for Art in Berlin. He received a three year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. As well as his work as a composer, he is a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus and is active on a number of important boards in Danish musical life.

Written by Sanne Krogh Groth and translated by Colin Roth.

Available Works

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  1. Centalog

    2021 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    45 minutes

    String Quartet

  2. Civilizations (version for sinfonietta)

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

    23 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/perc/hrp/pno/1.1.1.1.1 + speaker, sample playback, and choir

  3. Breathless Moment

    2016 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Other

    An interactive music-dramatic app for smartphone and tablet

  4. Etude

    2018 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Educational Music

    Cello solo

  5. Archive of Emotions and Experiences, Book 2

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

    40 minutes

    Prepared piano solo

  6. Archive of Emotions and Experiences, Book 1

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

    40 minutes

    Piano solo

  7. Book of Prayers

    2019 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Choir

    42 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.1.1/perc/pno/1.1.1.1.1 + Choir SATB w. soloists

  8. Until Nothing Left

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

    25 minutes

    Accordion solo/performing accordionist, objects and audience

  9. Country – Parts 1 & 2

    2020 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Orchestra

    60 minutes

    1/AFL.1/EH.1/BCl.1/CBn - 1.1.1.0 - perc.pno - archi (quintet or ensemble) + speaker & cello solo

  10. Civilizations

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Orchestra

    23 minutes

    2.1.1.1/2.2.1.0/perc/hrp/pno/archi + speaker, Greenlandic choir & sample playback

  11. Gaze for Gaze

    2017 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    90 minutes

    Bass cl, trb, perc, pno, gui, vl, vla, vlc, 2 singers (male and female), 2 extras (male and female)

  12. Drink me, make me real

    2002 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    Alto saxophone, percussion & tape

  13. Exile

    2016 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    20 minutes

    Female and (/or) male voice, piano and audio playback

  14. Wir I

    2005 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

    8 minutes

    guitar and audio playback

  15. Shame

    2016 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    19 minutes

    for amplified quartet (voice, alto saxophone, piano, percussion)

  16. Songs of Doubt

    2015 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Choir

    50 minutes

    Choir, male solo voice, and ondes martenot

  17. Gloomy Room

    2009 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Solo

    8 minutes

    Percussion Solo

  18. Al-Aqsa

    2008 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    5 minutes

    Fl, ob, cl, hn

  19. Americana

    2013 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    String quartet

  20. Fear and loath in g minor

    2014 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    Fl, cl, vn, vlc, db, pno

  21. Me Quitte (version for orchestra)

    2014 • Niels Rønsholdt

    Orchestra

    35 minutes

    Fm voc, ma voc soli + 2.2.2.2/4.2.1.0/2 perc/pno/gui/el-gui/1.1.1.1.1

  22. The Merman (version for chamber orchestra)

    2013 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

    16 minutes

    1.0.1(t-sax)1.0/0.0.1.0/ perc/pno/gui/1.0.1.1.0/live-elec

  23. The Merman

    2008 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

    16 minutes

    0.1.2.1/1.0.0.0/perc/pno/2.2.2.2.0 + electronics, audio & video playback

  24. Me Quitte (full version)

    2013 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

    45 minutes

    Female and male singers, pno, perc, gui, vl, vlc

  25. Burning

    2012 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    fl, vl, vlc, pno + film (optional electronics/audioplayback)

  26. Me Quitte

    2012 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

    20 minutes

    Two singers, guitar, percussion & piano

  27. Die Wanderin

    2007 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    vl, pno, perc and audio playback

  28. Torso

    2007 • Niels Rønsholdt

    7+ Instruments

    9 minutes

    Female voice, clarinet and percussion

  29. Archeopteryx Dances

    2010 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    String trio

  30. Unter den Lidern

    2007 • Niels Rønsholdt

    2-6 Instruments

    13 minutes

    Offstage string quartet, audio playback, lights and video




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    New, ice-cold chamber opera about human exploitation

  2. Great review of Rønsholdt's Archive

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    Great review of Rønsholdt's Archive

  3. SWR2 Jetztmusik highlights Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen

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    SWR2 Jetztmusik highlights Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen

  1. Praise for Rønsholdt

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    Praise for Rønsholdt

  2. Niels Rønsholdt Country Album

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    Niels Rønsholdt Country Album

  3. Niels Rønsholdt Album Release

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    Niels Rønsholdt Album Release

  4. Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

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    Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

  5. String quartet in 100 movements by Rønsholdt

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    String quartet in 100 movements by Rønsholdt

  6. Tjørnhøj & Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

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    Tjørnhøj & Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

  7. Nordic Council Music Prize nominations

    nominations / awards

    Nordic Council Music Prize nominations

  8. Reviews · SPOR festival

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    Reviews · SPOR festival

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

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

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

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    Niels Rønsholdt nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2020

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

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    Rønsholdt piece at online concert by KLANG Festival and P2

  12. Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

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    Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

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

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    Niels Rønsholdt on 'Country' · SPOR Festival 2020

  14. Nordic Music Days 2019

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    Nordic Music Days 2019

  15. Reviews · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

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    Reviews · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

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

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    Rønsholdt, Løffler, and Gísladóttir on Warsaw Autumn Festival

  17. World premiere · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

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    World premiere · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

  18. Uropførelse · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

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    Uropførelse · Niels Rønsholdt · Book of Prayers

  19. Praising words to Rønsholdt and Black in Seismograf

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    Praising words to Rønsholdt and Black in Seismograf

  20. Nordic Music Days 2019

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    Nordic Music Days 2019

  21. Country - a cello concert by Rønsholdt

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    Country - a cello concert by Rønsholdt

  22. KLANG 2019

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    KLANG 2019

  23. Save 25% on all solo pieces

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    Save 25% on all solo pieces

  24. Niels Rønsholdt turns 40

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    Niels Rønsholdt turns 40

  25. Review of Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen at SPOR

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    Review of Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen at SPOR

  26. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  27. Edition·S composers at Darmstadt

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    Edition·S composers at Darmstadt

  28. SPOR presents Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen

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    SPOR presents Rønsholdt and Steen-Andersen

  29. Tjørnhøj and Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

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    Tjørnhøj and Rønsholdt nominated for Carl Prisen

  30. X & X – new Hodkinson/Rønsholdt project

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    X & X – new Hodkinson/Rønsholdt project

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

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    Excellent review of Rønsholdt’s Songs of Doubt CD

  32. Praise for Falling Awake, MONO and Civilizations

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    Praise for Falling Awake, MONO and Civilizations

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

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    Niels Rønsholdt’s Songs of Doubt released on CD

  34. Accordion, yoga and audience participation – of course

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    Accordion, yoga and audience participation – of course

  35. The sound of Denmark’s colonization of Greenland

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    The sound of Denmark’s colonization of Greenland

  36. New Rønsholdt works are

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    New Rønsholdt works are "hypnotically beautiful"

  37. New Rønsholdt opera premiering in the dark

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    New Rønsholdt opera premiering in the dark

  38. The world’s first opera app is launched

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    The world’s first opera app is launched

  39. Great Review of Me Quitte

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    Great Review of Me Quitte

  40. Niels Rønsholdt in Hong Kong

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    Niels Rønsholdt in Hong Kong

  41. Danish premiere of Songs of Doubt by Niels Rønsholdt

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    Danish premiere of Songs of Doubt by Niels Rønsholdt

  42. Niels Rønsholdt writes music for The Fool

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    Niels Rønsholdt writes music for The Fool

  43. Four New Composer Portraits

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    Four New Composer Portraits

  44. Rønsholdt and Kynde featured at November Music

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    Rønsholdt and Kynde featured at November Music

  45. Klejs & Rønsholdt to Shanghai

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    Klejs & Rønsholdt to Shanghai

  46. World Premiere of Niels Rønsholdt's New Piece

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    World Premiere of Niels Rønsholdt's New Piece

  47. Branching Out

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    Branching Out

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

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    Chromatische Weltmusik and the Ghost of Schubert at Klangspuren Festival

  49. Klangspuren Festival

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    Klangspuren Festival

  50. Word for Word in Roskilde

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    Word for Word in Roskilde

  51. Inverted Notions and Introverted Space

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    Inverted Notions and Introverted Space

  52. Klang Festival 2014

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    Klang Festival 2014

  53. SPOR Festival 2014

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    SPOR Festival 2014

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

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

  55. Edition·S composers home and abroad

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    Edition·S composers home and abroad

  56. Jack Quartet in Denmark

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    Jack Quartet in Denmark

  57. Niels Rønsholdt in Belgium

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    Niels Rønsholdt in Belgium

  58. DokumentarKoncert #2: Niels Rønsholdt

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    DokumentarKoncert #2: Niels Rønsholdt

  59. Me Quitte at SPOR Festival

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    Me Quitte at SPOR Festival

  60. SPOR Festival 2013

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    SPOR Festival 2013

  61. SPOR Programme Released

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    SPOR Programme Released

  62. Gothenburg Burning

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    Gothenburg Burning

  63. Me Quitte Granted 50,000 DKKr.

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    Me Quitte Granted 50,000 DKKr.

  64. Edition·S experiments with composer portraits

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    Edition·S experiments with composer portraits

  65. Edition·S invasion at Athelas next week

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    Edition·S invasion at Athelas next week

  66. Two premieres at SPOR Festival 2012

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    Two premieres at SPOR Festival 2012

  67. A Busy Spring for Edition·S Composers

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    A Busy Spring for Edition·S Composers

  68. Edition·S and SPOR festival join forces

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    Edition·S and SPOR festival join forces

  69. New exciting blog-montage on seismograf.org

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    New exciting blog-montage on seismograf.org

  70. Podcast Interviews from hcmf// 2011

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    Podcast Interviews from hcmf// 2011

  71. Huddersfield Interviews & Reviews

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    Huddersfield Interviews & Reviews

  72. 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

  1. August 2022
  2. 25

    August

    Niels Rønsholdt: Den Sidste Olie

    time22:00

    location Copenhagen Opera Festival, Østerbro Skøjtehal, Copenhagen, Denmark

    performed by -

  3. 26

    August

    Niels Rønsholdt: Den Sidste Olie

    time22:00

    location Copenhagen Opera Festival, Østerbro Skøjtehal, Copenhagen, Denmark

    performed by -