Christian Winther Christensen premiered at ECLAT Festival

A 'ghost pianist' and a lot of contact microphones come into play when Winther Christensen's 'Piano Concerto' is premiered February 10th in Stuttgart.

Photo: Mette Kramer Kristensen
Christian Winther Christensen has made his mark on the Danish and international music scene as a composer that pushes boundaries and who has his own unmistakable style. 

Now his ’Piano Concerto’ will be premiered at ECLAT Festival, one of the most experimental new music festivals in Germany. The work is commissioned by and will be premiered by SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, which is in itself a notable recognition for a Danish composer. The commission has been on its way since the artistic director of the SWR Symphonieorchester experienced Winther Christensen’s double concerto Chromatische Weltmusik.

’Piano Concerto’ is a close-to-silent homage to the piano concerto genre – a work based on clichés in a very quiet universe. Christian Winther Christensen often relates to music history through quotations and intimations and in ’Piano Concerto’ the piano functions both as a percussion instrument and as a narrative monster from the past with its big chords in A minor and G Major. 

The work is based on a technique used in some of Winther Christensen’s previous works. The instrument is already pre-recorded, and the sound of it only comes out by touching the piano keys without pressing them down. A lot of contact microphones respond to the sound of the pianist’s nails touching the keys, and behind the scenes, a ’ghost pianist’ is playing on a midi keyboard to control the pre-recorded material. 

About the concert
Christian Winther Christensen: Piano Concerto (2018) World premiere
Sunday 10 February 2019, 18.30
ECLAT Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart
Theaterhaus am Pragsattel, Stuttgart, Germany
SWR Symphonieorchester
Soloist: Rei Nakamura
Conductor: Brad Lubman