It is only appropriate that one of Denmark’s grand old men is in the company of classic composers such as Rued Langgaard, Per Nørgård and Carl Nielsen. And that is exactly what he will be, when the annual Carl Nielsen competition kicks off.
The violin competition runs from May 30 to June 9, 2012 in Odense, Denmark and is for violinists of all nationalities under the age of 30. In the second round the competitors will be performing the great Ib Nørholm’s new piece Ménage à trois, which will have its world premiere. The winner of the competition will receive a large cash prize and a worldwide management deal for two years by Nordic Artists Management. The winner will perform at a range of concerts including a recital at Charlottenborg during Copenhagen Summer Festival on Thursday August 9, 2012 and with Odense Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Concert of the 5th International Carl Nielsen Clarinet Competition on Thursday May 30, 2013.
Ménage à trois (“love triangle”) is for unaccompanied violin and is a humoristic observation of a musician, his violin and the bow, and therefore it is perfect for a violin competition like this. Ib Nørholm is very interested in the interaction between the individual and the group as well as the unexpected. He is renowned for his symphonies and is still active on the music scene at the age of 81.
The Carl Nielsen competition changes each year between violin, clarinet, flute and organ and is arranged by Odense Symphony Orchestra.