Young composers of the future try out new things at Danish Chamber Players
Again this year, the young composition students from MGK Zealand are invited to two intense days of workshop with Danish Chamber Players. The young composers have both written a new piece for the ensemble and arranged a well-known work of their own choice for the ensemble's musicians.
This year, five composition students will come to KUMUS for two days, where they will collaborate with the ensemble and develop their music together with the ensemble's musicians. A few MGK students from the capital have also been allowed to join.
It is a special chance for the young people to write a piece which will be played by a professional ensemble and to be able to hear the rehearsals of the music and the musicians' suggestions on how it can possibly be improved. Something could perhaps be written in a different way? Something doesn't sound quite as you had imagined, then they can try something different with the ensemble's musicians, because there is time to experiment.
As many as 3 students who have participated in composer workshops over the past three years have just been admitted to the conservatory's composition course. Their teacher Daniel Fladmose tells:
I am so proud that three of my students have escaped through the fine needle eye of the conservatory. Through the teaching at MGK, I feed the students with theory, and the opportunity to test the theoretical knowledge in practice with such fine and welcoming musicians as the Danish Chamber Players is of great importance for how the young composers develop further. ES is an anchor point for new music in Region Zealand and the concert on Friday is one of the big things that they look forward to with excitement – and nervousness.
The workshop ends with a concert for high school students from Nykøbing Katedralskole and there is public access, so the music also meets a real audience. Here, the young composers also get the opportunity to talk about their thoughts behind the works.
Friday 31 March at 14.30 in KUMUS.
The young composer ALICE MARIE WEISS KRISTENSEN says: "I am very excited to be allowed to write for Storstrøm. It has been exciting to work with a unique composition of instruments", and Bjarke Marcus Tan adds: "I think it's super cool to get this opportunity to compose for the Danish Chamber Players, as I've already become a lot smarter and think I'll learn even more when the piece is performed."
For the Danish Chamber Players, who annually commission many new works from prominent composers of the time, it is very exciting to work with the young up-coming composers. There is great creativity and responsiveness, and it is wonderful to have time to be able to pass on the practical experience the ensemble's musicians have in playing the music. And some of those we have met as young students we will certainly come across again later in their development. It is exciting to follow their musical journey.