NILS HENRIK ASHEIM Nils Henrik Asheim (1960–) is composer, pianist, and organist, educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music and Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. He began to attract attention already at the age of fifteen, when one of his works was performed at the Scandinavian Youth Music Festival (Ung Nordisk Musikkfest). Three years later he received one of the European Broadcasting Union’s Rostrum Prizes His production encompasses works for chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, choirs, theatre, electronic music, and happenings in public spaces. He has been composer in residence at a number of festivals, and he has been the recipient of the Arne Nordheim Composer’s Prize, the Lindeman Prize, and the Edvard Prize. Moreover, he has, on two occasions, been awarded Spellemannsprisen, Norway’s Grammy, and he won the competition for the official fanfare at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994. After having established himself as one of Norway’s leading composers, Nils Henrik Asheim has broadened his performance career both as organist and pianist. He has developed his original improvisational style on the church organ, both as soloist and in appearances with singers, folk musicians, and free jazz and electronic musicians. In Stavanger, where he has resided since 1991, Asheim has played a key role in establishing meeting places for artists, such as the improvisation collective Kitchen Orchestra and Tou Scene, an alternative centre for contemporary arts. Since September, 2012, he has held the position of organist on the Ryde & Berg instrument in the new Stavanger Concert Hall. Nils Henrik Asheim is an artist who makes no distinction between the classical music tradition from which he comes and the contemporary music practice he cultivates. This has resulted in a number of projects in which the classical repertoire has been reinterpreted and recomposed in radical ways. Some examples are his projects Crossing Grieg and Kitchen Barokk, a planned Schubert project, and, not least, Mazurka – Remaking Chopin (LAWO Classics - LWC1016), the direct predecessor of this CD.
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