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Festival: Stockholm International Composer Festival


November 16th -24th 2017

Each year this November festival at the Stockholm Concert Hall – arranged since 1986 – puts focus on a major composer of our time, giving the audience in-depth portrait of his artistry. The festival has become an important event on the international music scene, and has proved successful, both artistically and publicly.  

Recently featured composers include John Adams, Hans Werner Henze, Tan Dun, Thomas Adès, Steve Reich, Brett Dean, Unsuk Chin, Per Nørgård and Anders Hillborg.

This year, the Stockholm International Composer Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary in a festival focusing on the British composer Oliver Knussen (born in 1952).

Oliver Knussen is one of the foremost composer-conductors in the world today and has composed a number of dazzling works – many of which will be performed during this Stockholm festival. Oliver Knussen himself conducts The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The festival includes orchestral music like Flourish with Fireworks and the Symphony No 3, and solo concertos like the Violin Concerto and the Horn Concerto, as well as chamber works and vocal music – including music from the operatic double-bill based on Maurice Sendak’s books Where The Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop

”No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen… every piece makes its point perfectly and shows Knussen's mastery of his musical language and influences.” / The Guardian 

Oliver Knussen lives in Snape, Suffolk, and was appointed a CBE in 1994. In 2014 he became the inaugural Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music, London.


For full information, visit the Stockholm Konserthuset site.

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