Telemark Chamber Orchestra artist

After 25 years of activity, 23 of these in affiliation with Telemark County, Telemark Chamber Orchestra holds a strong position in Norwegian musical life. The orchestra, which works on a project-by-project basis, has emerged as a prominent collaborator within the area of contemporary music, and has garnered broad acclaim for its promotion of new art music. In addition to the classical chamber orchestra repertoire, Telemark Chamber Orchestra has for several years regularly presented new works for chamber orchestra, most of which were commissioned by the orchestra itself from Norwegian composers. Several of these works have been released on five of the orchestra’s six CDs. The Telemark Chamber Orchestra will pursue its ambition to present new string-based music when commissioning works, performing at various concert venues, and making recordings. Arts Council Norway has supported the orchestra’s activities for several years through its funding scheme for music ensembles. The orchestra also received financial support from the Telemark county authority until 2015. In 2014 and 2015 Telemark Chamber Orchestra was engaged in an extensive collaboration with the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland, after having received a substantial EEA Grant. This production follows up the idea of a series of recordings with Telemark Chamber Orchestra as a dedicated promoter of Norwegian contemporary music. This effort, which began with the 2005 CD release Nostos (FBRCD-04), encompasses a broad repertoire while, at the same time, maintaining a unified profile. The common denominator is that all of the works include strings, and the discography comprises music connected with the Norwegian folk music tradition, pieces using wind instruments, and works featuring a variety of soloists. Some of the music is by established Norwegian composers, while some is the work of young, unestablished composers, such as the recording Tapestry (FBRCD-14), released in 2016, which presented the work of seven composers connected with nyMusikk’s Composer Group. Here, too, the range of different sources of musical inspiration is striking, while at the same time this is also the first release where the string orchestra plays on its own. This is what Telemark Chamber Orchestra now wants to follow up on this new album: pure string music, which in itself holds great potential for displaying nuance and variation. The CD was recorded in 2017, the year when Telemark Chamber Orchestra marked its 25th anniversary – which also coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Society of Composers. This new release links three generations of contemporary composers, all of whom are well established. All the works on Chasing Strings are also connected to Lars-Erik ter Jung, the orchestra’s artistic director, who commissioned Chase and Munchsonaten, and who has collaborated with and commissioned works from the three composers for many years.