Composer in focus 2018
De Doelen Rotterdam


Klas Torstensson will be composer in focus at De Doelen Rotterdam in 2018.

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"There are people who climb the highest mountains or dive into the deepest sea caves. Adolescents who sail solo around the world. And then there are composers who explore pristine soundscapes. Klas Torstensson is such a composer. He dangles from cliffs, wanders over tranquil plains, weathers gusts of winds... while working in his loft at home. The result is an amazingly strong and rich oeuvre which has been performed, praised, and admired all over the world.[...]"

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'an incredibly strong and rich oeuvre: worldwide performed, praised and honored'

'unbridled beauty and emotion'
'original, brilliant and voluptuous music with rythmical drive'

'grand and gripping, with hallucinating power'

'the landscape of a human soul'

Composer in residence
Amsterdam, 2012-2013


Klas Torstensson was composer in residence at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam in 2012-2013.

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2017  
Jan 28 One Two Three Four
Bugallo - Williams pianoduo
The Andy Warhol Museum, 20:00
Pittsburg, USA
Feb 3 One Two Three Four
Bugallo - Williams pianoduo
FSU Festival of New Music
Opperman Music Hall
Tallahassee, Florida
March 22 Sönerna
No slash
Elliott loves bebop
first performances
Double Quartet Project: Ensemble SON (Stockholm) & Ensemble Either/Or (New York)
Rotundan/Svensk Musikvår
Stockholm, Sweden
April 27 Sönerna
No slash
Elliott loves bebop
composer portrait
Ensemble SON & Ensemble Either/Or Miller Theatre, New York
more information
May 22 One Two Three Four
Bugallo - Williams pianoduo
Gare du Nord
Basel, Switzerland
May 25 One Two Three Four
Bugallo - Williams pianoduo
Sala Capitol
Timisoara, Romania
Aug 4 Four Queen Christina Songs
Charlotte Riedijk soprano,
Aron Nilsson organ
Lofta kyrka (Sweden) 19:00
2016  
Jan 14 Prelude from Prelude & Encores
Calefax
Paris
(private concert)
Jan 24 Interlude for Fie
Fie Schouten, bass clarinet
Orgelpark
Amsterdam
March 17 One Two Three Four
Bugallo - Williams pianoduo
first performance
Festival del Centro Histórico
Mexico City, Mexico
June 14 Hamra (I)
Marie-Chantal Leclair, soprano sax
EIAM (University of Alberta)
Edmonton, Canada
July / Aug Hark!
Carl-Henrik Fernandi, alto sax
16 outdoor concerts in Västervik (Sweden)
Sep 17 Solo
Allison Balcetis bass saxophone
Sequel, Edmonton (Canada)
Nov 10 Sieben mal NEO
Pocket Size Violin Concerto

Brusk Zanganeh vl, Norrbotten NEO,
Pierre-André Valade cond.
Kulturens Hus 19:00
Luleå (Sweden)
Nov 12 Portrait concert Klas Torstensson
Sieben mal NEO
Pocket Size Violin Concerto
Brusk Zanganeh vl, Norrbotten NEO,
Pierre-André Valade cond.
Stockholms Konserthus 15:00
Nov 13 Portrait concert Klas Torstensson
Sieben mal NEO
Pocket Size Violin Concerto
Brusk Zanganeh vl, Norrbotten NEO,
Pierre-André Valade cond.
Västerås Konserthus, Västerås (Sweden)
Nov 20 Paris 1993
Gageego!
first performance
Stenhammarsalen, Göteborgs Konserthus Gothenburg (Sweden)
Nov 25 One Two Three Four
Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo
Institut Hongrois
92 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris (France)
19:30

Nov 27 Pocket Size Violin Concerto
George Kentros/Pearls Before Swine Experience
Sala Filarmonicii, Craiova (Romania)
2015  
Feb 12 Himmelen from A cycle of the North
for orchestra
Swedish premiere
Kungliga Filharmonikerna/Sakari Oramo
Konserthuset, Stockholm, 18:00
Feb 14 Himmelen from A cycle of the North
for orchestra
Kungliga Filharmonikerna/Sakari Oramo
Konserthuset, Stockholm, 15:00
March 1 Interlude for Fie
Fie Schouten, bass clarinet
Splendor, Amsterdam
March 21 Arcadia 1689
first performance
Groot Omroepkoor (Netherlands Radio Choir)/ Gijs Leenaars
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 13:30
ZaterdagMatinee
Sept 17 Lantern Lectures, Volume IV
Sinfonietta Riga, Normunds Sne conductor
Great Guild Hall, Riga (Latvia)
Sep 26 Interlude for Fie
Fie Schouten, bass clarinet
Cellebroederskapel
Maastricht
Oct 2 O morte from Queen Christina Madrigals
Musik i Syd, conducted by Daniel Hansson
Malmö, Sweden
season 2015-2016 Queen Christina Madrigals
first performances
commissioned by
Vocal Art Ensemble/Jan Yngwe
Erik Westbergs Vokalensemble
Voces Nordicae/Lone Larsen
Ensemble Syd/Daniel Hanson
in Gothenburg, Piteå, Stockholm, Malmö
(Sweden)
2014  
March 30 Pocket Size Violin Concerto
The Pearls Before Swine Experience
Convocation Hall, Winnipeg, 20:00
info + audio
May 24 Sieben mal NEO
first performance
Norrbotten NEO, Christian Karlsen cond.
Studio Acusticum, Piteå (Sweden)
New Directions Festival
April 4

Solo
Jörgen Pettersson bass saxophone
Studio 53
Stockholm


info + audio

Nov 3 Solo
Jörgen Pettersson bass saxophone
Studio 53
Stockholm


info + audio
Nov 18 'Cultural Encounters: Sweden and the Netherlands'
Guest at Spui25 (UvA, Faculty of Humanities)
Amsterdam
Nov 20 Solo
Jörgen Pettersson bass saxophone
S:t Sigfrids Folkhögskola
Växjö, Sweden
info + audio
Dec 9 Solo
Carl Wiggins bass saxophone
West Virginia University's Museum
Morgantown, USA
Dec 11-13 Interlude for Fie
first performance
Fie Schouten, bass clarinet
4th European Clarinet Congress
Katowice (Academy of Music), Poland
2013  
Jan 10 Four Brass Links
musikFabrik
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 20:15
more information
Jan 26  Backbone Ballad
for the David Kweksilber Bigband
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 20:15
more information
Feb 7 Licks & Brains II
Syrène Saxophone Quartet, Asko|Schönberg
Christian Karlsen conductor
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam,  20:15
more information
Feb 15 Pocket Size Violin Concerto
Benedict Holland vl, Psappa
Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall
Manchester (GB), 19:30
more information
Feb 19 Pocket Size Violin Concerto
The Peärls before Swïne Experience
Creators Conference
Theatre du Vaudeville
Brussels, Belgium, 20:30
more information
March 25 Backbone Ballad
David Kweksilber Bigband
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 20:30
Apr 5 Pocket Size Violin Concerto
The Peärls before Swïne Experience
Belconnen Arts Centre
Canberra, Australia, 19:00
more information
Apr 11 Sieben mal sieben
New European Ensemble
Christian Karlsen conductor
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam,  20:15
more information
Apr 12 Sieben mal sieben
New European Ensemble
Christian Karlsen conductor
Korzo, Den Haag
Apr 13 Sieben mal sieben
New European Ensemble
Christian Karlsen conductor
Musis Sacrum, Arnhem
Apr 19 Self-portrait with percussion
Guntars Freibergs percussion,
Sinfonietta Riga, Normunds Sne conductor
Great Guild Hall, Riga (Latvia) 19:00
more information
May 25 Violin Concerto
Angel Gimeno violin, Nieuw Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor     
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 20:15
more information
May 26   

Open je Oren!
Charlotte Riedijk, Jelte Althuis
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 15:00
more information
May 29 Violin Concerto
Angel Gimeno violin, Nieuw Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor  
Dr Anton Philipszaal, The Hague, 20:15
5 June Pocket Size Violin Concerto
Benedict Holland/Ensemble Psappha
Academy Concert Hall
Hong Kong

June 24-29 Klas Torstensson composer in residence
Båstad Chamber Music Festival 2013
Båstad (Sweden)
for more information see this link and this link

June 24 Urban Solo info
Charlotte Riedijk soprano
Mariakyrkan, Båstad, 14:30

June 25 Solo info
Jörgen Pettersson bass saxophone
Apelrydsskolan, Båstad, 10:30

June 26 Four Brass Links info
Sava Stoianov trumpet, Zora Sloka horn, Mike Svoboda trombone
Torekovs kyrka, Torekov (Sweden), 18:00

June 26 Pocket Size Violin Concerto info
George Kentros, The Peärls before Swïne Experience Experience
Torekovs kyrka, Torekov (Sweden), 21:00
June 27 In großer Sehnsucht info
Charlotte Riedijk soprano, George Kentros vl, Mats Olofsson vlc, Mårten Landström pf
Båstad, 21:00
Aug 9 Pocket Size Violin Concerto
Katrina Kammarmusikfestival
Jomala kyrka (Åland)
Madelene Berg, violin
Lauma Ilsuma, flute
Ulla Lampela, cello
Tiina Karakorpi, piano
Sep 21 Pocket Size Violin Concerto
Pärlor för svin
Kulturens Hus, Luleå (Sweden), 19:00
Klusterfestivalen 2013 more information
Oct 27 Sieben mal sieben
first performance complete version
New European Ensemble
Christian Karlsen conductor
Palladium, Malmö (Sweden), 15:00
more information
2012  
Jan 13
Solo info
for bass saxophone
Licks & Brains I info
for saxohone quartet
Aurelia Saxophone Quartet
Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, 20:15
Feb 24 Licks & Brains I info
Anubis Saxophone Quartet
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona (USA), 19:00
March   Licks & Brains I info
Anubis Saxophone Quartet
North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference
Tempe, Arizona (USA)
Apr 5 Pocket Size Violin Concerto info
Pärlor för Svin
Beckis, Stockholm, 19:00
April 14 Himmelen from A cycle of the North
for orchestra
Het Brabants orkest/Hans Leenders
Tilburg Concertzaal, Tilburg (Netherlands), 20.30
April 15 Himmelen from A cycle of the North
for orchestra
first performance
Het Brabants orkest/Hans Leenders
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven (Netherlands), 14.15
May 3 Prelude & Encores
first performance
Calefax Reed Quintet
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
(Donderdagavondserie)
May 18 Prelude & Encores
Calefax Reed Quintet
Vredenburg-Leeuwenberg, Utrecht 20:00
May 19 Prelude & Encores
Calefax Reed Quintet
De Doelen, Rotterdam, 20:30
May 20 Prelude & Encores
Calefax Reed Quintet
Stadspodia, Leiden, 20:15
Sep 1 Redskap
Slagwerk Den Haag
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 15:00
more information
Sep 29 Polarhavet info
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Lucas Vis cond.
Warsaw Autumn 2012 
Warsaw Philharmonic, Warsaw 19:30 
Oct 4 Pocket Size Violin Concerto info
Aria Anna, from The Expedition
Lantern Lectures, Volume IV
Self-portrait with percussion
Joe Puglia violin, Charlotte Riedijk soprano
Joey Marijs percussion, Asko|Schönberg
Etienne Siebens conductor
more information
Oct 17 Two showpieces for percussion   
Tatiana Kolewa
SoundsofMusic
Vera, Groningen
Oct 18 In grosser Sehnsucht info
Charlotte Riedijk, Osiris Trio
SoundsofMusic
Lutherse Kerk, Groningen
Oct 19 Urban Solo info
Pedaal
Charlotte Riedijk, Garth Knox
SoundsofMusic
Grand Theatre, Groningen, 20:30
Oct 20 Violin Concerto
Angel Gimeno, Nieuw Ensemble, Ed Spanjaard
SoundsofMusic
Oosterpoort, Groningen, 20:00
Nov 10 Pocket Size Violin Concerto info
November Music
Joe Puglia, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble
Muzerije (Pleitzaal), Den Bosch 15.30 uur
Nov 22 Prelude & Encores
Calefax Reed Quintet
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 20:15
more information          
Dec 7 Electric/Brass info + audio
for five electric guitars and ten brass instruments 
Ensemble Klang
Amsterdam Electric Guitar Heaven 2012
Rabozaal/Melkweg, Amsterdam, 20:00
more information  or more information
Dec 12 Electric/Brass info + audio
for five electric guitars and ten brass instruments
Ensemble Klang
Amsterdam Electric Guitar Heaven 2012 Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 20:15
more information
Dec 14 Hilding Rosenberg Prize (Sweden)
info
Dec 20 Urban Songs
Charlotte Riedijk soprano
Asko|Schönberg + Slagwerk Den Haag
Etienne Siebens conductor
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 20:15
more information
2011  
Jan 5 Järnåker Award for In großer Sehnsucht info
Stockholm, Sweden
more information
March 7 Violin Concerto info
nominee TOONZETTERS Prize 2010
March 18   Violin Concerto info
Angel Gimeno/het Nieuw Ensemble/Johannes Debus
Ars Musica
Antwerpen (De Singel), Belgium
April 16 Polarhavet info
from A cycle of the North
(Zaterdagmatinee, Dutch premiere)
Dutch Radio Filharmonic Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden
Concertgebouw Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
April 17 Polarhavet info
from A cycle of the North
Dutch Radio Filharmonic Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden
MC Frits Philips, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
May 13 Licks & Brains I
Anubis Quartet
Ganz Hall, Chicago (USA), 19:30
May 15 Licks & Brains I
Anubis Quartet
Appletone, Wisconsin (USA)
June 22 Violin Concerto info
Angel Gimeno/het Nieuw Ensemble/Ed Spanjaard
TOONZETTERS (Holland Festival)
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, 20.15
season
2011/2012
composer in residence
Het Brabants Orkest, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
Sep/Oct

composer in residence at VICC
(Visby International Centre for Composers)
Visby, Sweden
Oct 26 Fastlandet info
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
conducted by Jac van Steen
BBC Hoddinot Hall, Cardiff, 19:00
Nov 5

Fastlandet info + Polarhavet info from
A cycle of the North
Het Brabants Orkest/Hans Leenders
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven
Nov 6 Pocket Size Violin Concerto (quartet version) info
first performance
The Peärls before Swïne Experience
Musikaliska (Nybrokajen 11), Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 18 Solo info
for bass saxophone
Allison Balcetis
Sea of Sound Festival 2011
Edmonton, Canada
2010  
Feb 20       Self-portrait with percussion info
Matthew Gold perc, Williams Symphonic Winds/Steven Bodner
Williams College Chapin Hall
Williamstown, MA USA
March 13   Self-portrait with percussion
Matthew Gold perc, Williams Symphonic Winds/Steven Bodner
West Chester University Asplundh
West Chester, MA USA
March 15   Järn info
Ekaterinburg New Music Orchestra
Ekaterinburg (Filharmonie), Russia
May 13  Licks & Brains I
Anubis Quartet
Chicago, Illinois
USA
May 13 Violin Concerto info
first performance
Jennifer Koh, Nieuw Ensemble, Ed Spanjaard cond.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 20:15
May 15 Licks & Brains I
Anubis Quartet
Appleton, Wisconsin
USA
Aug 28 Lantern Lectures, Volume IV info
Asko|Schönberg, Etiennen Siebens cond.
Muziekgebouw  aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam
TOONZETTERS  2010
Sept 13     Lantern Lectures/ Self-portrait with percussion info
Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Peppie Wiersma perc/Hans Leenders cond
Portrait Concert Klas Torstensson  
8th Sacrum-Profanum Festival Krakow, Poland
interview
Oct 6        Lantern Lectures/ Self-portrait with percussion info
Asko|SchönbergEnsemble, Peppie Wiersma perc/Hans Leenders cond
Tijdgenoten - Portrait Concert Klas Torstensson
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009  
Febr-April Composer in residence / Vårens tonsättare Swedish Radio/Berwaldhallen, Stockholm (Sweden): concerts, readings/talks, presentations
Feb 13/14 Polarhavet from A cycle of the North info
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding/ Berwaldhallen, Stockholm (Sweden)
March 1 Urban Solo info
Michaela Riener/Electra
11:30 Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
April 3 / 4 Fastlandet from A cycle of the North info
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ion Marin/ Berwaldhallen, Stockholm (Sweden)
April 8 Polarhavet nominee TOONZETTERS Prize 2009 info
April 18 The Expedition info
Charlotte Riedijk, Göran Eliasson, Olle Persson, Mats Persson, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Niklas Willén Berwaldhallen, Stockholm (Sweden)
May 23 Urban Solo info
Michaela Riener/Electra
17:30 Korzo Theater, The Hague (Dag in de Branding)
June 12 Solo info
Ben Cottrell (bass saxophone)
Manchester (RNCM), England
June
12/13/14
Urban Intro info
Nederlands Jeugd Strijkorkest/Bas Wiegers
Aug 29 In grosser Sehnsucht info     
Charlotte Riedijk, Osiris Trio met Peter Brunt
Muziekgebouw aan ' t IJ, Amsterdam
TOONZETTERS 2009
Novr 6 2009 Music Publishers Award (Sweden) for Polarhavet info
Oct/
Nov/
Dec
sweep-sing-strike video
Guy Livingston, piano/Nelleke Koop, film
(One Minute More tour)
Zürich: October 2
Paris: October 3
Dayton, Ohio: October 12/13/14
Chicago: October 19
Montreal: October 22/23
New York: October 27
Washington: October 30
Medford/Summerville (Tufts University), Mass.: November 3
Gouda (de Goudse Schouwburg), the Netherlands:  December 11  (20.30)
Zwolle (Theater Odeon), the Netherlands: December 12 (20:30)
Leeuwarden (de Harmonie), the Netherlands: December 13 (15:15)
 
Watch

Sieben mal sieben

A Cycle of the North: Himmelen

Licks & Brains I

Self-Portrait with percussion, interview

Portrait



Stijn van der Loo (StudioBBH), director and
Deen van der Zaken, camera 
Self-Portrait with percussion



director/camera Philip Hering, sound Wib Nelissen, montage Pelle Asselbergs

In grosser Sehnsucht



O.T. Theater & Opera O.T.
Interview (Sacrum Profanum, Krakow)


Licks & Brains I



director Jacques Sheitoyan
Licks & Brains I