Kantorei is excited to announce that it has named Kim André Arnesen as its Composer in Residence for the 2015-2016 concert season! Arnesen, a Norwegian composer, will compose as many as six new works for the ensemble during the 2015-2016 season, which begins in October, 2015. The collaboration will culminate with a two-week visit from Arnesen in March, 2016, when Kantorei premieres his new works in Denver.
“We are thrilled to partner with Kim and bring his music to the Denver community, and to help bring beautiful new music into the world,” said Kantorei Artistic Director, Joel Rinsema. “Kim is a rising star in the choral world, and his writing suits our ensemble very well. We can’t wait to begin working with him.”
Arnesen grew up in Trondheim, Norway and started music school at the age of 6, playing the piano. He was later educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim and is an elected member of the Norwegian Society of Composers. In 2013, his works ‘Even when He is silent’ and ‘Cradle Hymn’ were released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray as part of the “Christmas in Norway” program featuring the St. Olaf Choir and Nidaros Cathedral Girls Choir. The concert aired on public television throughout the United States and Norway, and ‘Cradle Hymn’ became the bestseller among Santa Barbara Music Publishing´s Christmas music in 2014.