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Danish premiere of Simon Steen-Andersen’s spectacular masterpiece, TRIO

Simon Steen-Andersen outdid himself with the grand multimedia work 'TRIO' in 2019. Now the Danish premiere will be joining three major Danish ensembles in concert for the first time.

The Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen will write music history on 11 March 2022. The Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s (DR) three major ensembles; the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Danish Radio Big Band and Danish Radio Concert Choir join forces on stage in the Concert Hall for the Danish premiere of his spectacular masterpiece TRIO. With this work, Simon Steen-Andersen has once again outdone himself and cemented his position as one of the most original and interesting composers of his generation. 

TRIO is a monumental and captivating work with 150 musicians and three conductors on stage! In addition, Simon Steen-Andersen lets the three ensembles on stage play together with a video, made from historical film recordings of orchestra musicians through time.

Watch an excerpt from the world premiere of Simon Steen-Andersen: TRIO (2019)

TRIO is commissioned by DR in collaboration with the German radio and television station SWR in Stuttgart, which, like DR, houses the three types of ensembles that make up Simon Steen-Andersen's giant trio, as well as a huge archive of historical music recordings in sound and image. The composer has gone through more than 400 hours of film to create the immensely virtuoso remix of live music and multimedia. The selected clips last as little as half a second and include rehearsals with legendary conductors, small excerpts of classical works and fragments of the rituals of concert situations. With these musical Lego bricks or ‘pixels’ as he calls it, Simon Steen-Andersen has created something completely new, uncompromising and very humorous. The work was premiered in 2019 in Germany and has been honoured with both German and Danish awards.

Simon Steen-Andersen's works are often situated between the categories of music, performance, theatre, choreography, and film. Time and time again, he has created music that go against our expectations and neither sounds nor looks like anything we have experienced before. As is the case in TRIO, Steen-Andersen's radically innovative works are often created in a free play with the traditions and materials of classical music. Something familiar is turned upside down so elegantly and brilliantly that Simon Steen-Andersen has long ago acquired a large international audience and opened the door to concert halls and opera houses around the world.

About the concert

Simon Steen-Andersen's TRIO will be performed in the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday 11 March 2022 at 19.30. The concert is a collaboration between DR and the Royal Danish Academy of Music's annual festival PULSAR. The programme of the evening includes the premiere of Adrianna Kubica-Cypek's work Reflection Nebulae, Evagoras Solias Apokidis’ Morphes and the premiere of Marcela Lucatelli's work RGBW.

About the composer

Simon Steen-Andersen (b. 1976) was born in Aarhus, Denmark and now lives in Berlin, Germany. He has received numerous awards, including the SWR Orchestra Prize 2019, the Mauricio Kagel Music Prize and the Siemens Composers' Prize 2017, the Nordic Council Music Prize and the SWR Orchestra Prize 2014. In 2016 he became a member of the German Akademie der Künste, and in 2018, he was appointed a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music