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Fri, 18 Nov


Grimstad Cultural Center, Catilina

Classic in the center - DUO "Drømmen om Amerika" - Grimstad Kulturhus. Catiline

Yejin Gil and Jan Bjøranger with one world premiere and a further three works written in, or inspired by music from - the USA

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Classic in the center - DUO "Drømmen om Amerika" - Grimstad Kulturhus. Catiline
Classic in the center - DUO "Drømmen om Amerika" - Grimstad Kulturhus. Catiline

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18 Nov 2022, 19:30 – 21:00 CET

Grimstad Cultural Center, Catilina, Storgaten 33, 4876 Grimstad, Norway

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In this wonderful program we turn our attention to the United States.

The musician and composer Mons Leidvin Takle has throughout his musical career been inspired by precisely American music and has masterfully integrated recognizable expressions into his own musicianship. This evening we will hear a completely newly written work and the selections of the other works on the program are connected to this one.

We look forward!

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George Gershwin arr G. Gershwin: From "Songbook" arrangements for Piano 

Mons Leidvin Takle: Suite for Violin and Piano  


Maurice Ravel: Sonata for violin and piano 

George Gershwin arr Jascha Heifetz: Selected songs from Porgy and Bess

Yejin Gil, piano

Jan Bjøranger, violin

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Yejin Gil is an outstanding, award-winning pianist. She combines technical brilliance with musical depth in her uncompromising pursuit of artistic authenticity and is equally well versed in the classical and romantic repertoire as well as in works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Her brilliant debut CD with works by Chin, Ligeti, Boulez and Messiaen won the 2014 "Coup de Coeur" of the Académie Charles Cros and her 2017 Scriabin album was nominated for the German Record Critics Award and the International Classical Music Awards.

In recent years, Gil has collaborated with composers such as Unsuk Chin, Pierre Boulez, Philippe Hurel, Heiner Goebbels, Helmut Oehring, Martin Matalon and Oscar Strasnoy and performed with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Hans Rotman, Steven Sloane, Alexander Merzyn and Joseph Bousso.

She has had soloist assignments with orchestras such as the Hamburg Philharmonic, Bochumer Symphoniker, MDR Synfonieorchester, Philharmonisches Orchester des Staatstheaters Cottbus, Berliner Symphoniker and Staatskapelle Halle, Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Court-Circuit and Zafraan Ensemble.

Among the musicians she performs with are Jörg Widmann, David Adorjan, Matthias Schorn, Jan Bjøranger, Nora Chastain, Lars Anders Tomter, Torleif Thedéen, Martin Löhr, Øyvind Gimse and Martin Funda.

In 2014 she was "Artist in Residence" at the Impuls festival in Brussels, Berlin, Magdeburg and Halle where she performed, among other things, Bernstein's piano concerto "The Age of Anxiety", a performance that was broadcast live on MDR. At the end of 2015, her second CD was released with a pure Mussorgsky program.

Yejin Gil has had soloist roles at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Thüringer Bachwochen, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Kasseler Musiktage, IFCP Festival New York, Frontiers Plus Birmingham, Young Euro Classic Berlin, International Piano Festival La Roque d'Anthéron, Acanthes Festival Metz, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Stavanger chamber music festival and Virtuoso & belcanto festival in Lucca on stages such as Grand Théâtre de Genève, Essen Philharmonie, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Salle Cortot Paris, Weimarhalle, Konzerthaus Berlin and Seoul Arts Centre.

She regularly gives seminars and masterclasses in Germany, the USA, Great Britain, France and Italy and is active as a jury member at international piano competitions.

Yejin Gil graduated from Seoul National University and Folkwang Art University in Essen with a number of distinctions.

She is also a prize winner at several international competitions, including Korea National Competition (first prize), Köhler-Osbahr-Wettbewerb (first prize) and Orléans Concours International (winner and only finalist with four main prizes: Prix Nadia Boulanger, Prix Albert Roussel, Prix Sacem, Prix Hitachi and special prize for best interpretation of the Philippe Hurels piece "Interstices").

Yejin Gil lives and works in Berlin.

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Jan Bjøranger belongs in the ranks among Europe's leading violinists and ensemble leaders.

As founder and artistic director of the renowned and award-winning orchestra 1B1, where the focus is on making classical music accessible to a wide audience, he has contributed to establishing new standards for ensemble and orchestral playing. In that context, Vanity Fair refers to 1B1 as "one of the seven most important ensembles on the classical scene today"

The recordings of Grieg's Suite from Holberg's time, and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in collaboration with Lars Anders Tomter, are referred to by the German and Austrian press as reference recordings. The Grieg recording was also awarded with the Spellemannspris in 2014.

In addition to 1B1, Jan Bjøranger has led a number of other prominent ensembles, including Camerata Salzburg, Denmark's Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Solistene.

In collaboration with musicians such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Iona Brown, Yejin Gil, Christian Ihle Hadland, Benjamin Schmid, Clemens Hagen, Mariss Jansons, Phillippe Herreweghe and Kristjan Järvi, Bjøranger has toured all over the world and played in halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Große Musikvereinsaal in Vienna and Royal Albert Hall in London.

Of composer collaborations, projects with Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Piers Hellawell, Gija Kancheli, James MacMillan, Daniel Schnyder, Mark Anthony Turnage Hafli∂i Hallgrimsson and Rolf Wallin can be mentioned in particular

Jan Bjøranger is passionate about education and has taught most of his life. He is a coach for conductors at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and also leads the preparations for orchestral productions at the same institution. He is also the assistant artistic director of the Virtuoso & Belcanto festival in Lucca, Tuscany since 2016 and gives regular master classes all over the world.

Jan Bjøranger lives and works in Berlin and plays a Domenicus Montagnana violin from 1725 and is represented by Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting GmbH, Berlin

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