A project that involves Ondrej Veselý and four acclaimed composers: 


(Malta).John E. ZammitPace (Iceland), and Oliver Kentish(USA/Germany),

Harri Suilamo (Finland), James Helgeson 



In the following weeks, Ondrej will travel across Europe and collaborate

with these fabulous composers through a series of on-site artistic collaborations.


The outcome will be 4 compositions written for this project celebrating the hope of victory

over the current pandemic with the advent of vaccines. The selection of the countries/artists connects the whole of Europe, symbolising wholeness and unity.




James Helgeson

James Helgeson is a composer and music scholar based in Berlin. His first degree was from the Curtis Institute of Music, followed

by a bachelor degree at Oberlin College

and Conservatory. He will soon complete

a doctorate in Music Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London. His first PhD

is from Princeton, where he worked on the subject of Renaissance theories of music and poetry.

He has taught at CambridgeNottingham, and Columbia.

Currently working at the intersections of music, literature and philosophy, he is a founding member of the AGOSTO / artist collective.


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Harri Suilamo

Harri Suilamo’s idiom is Modernism flavoured

with Post-Serialism and microintervals. His music “does not manifest itself in any individual element such as melody, rhythm, and so on,”

writes Harri Vuori, who sees his colleague’s music as developing straight out of his youthful enthusiasm for progressive rock. Suilamo favours highly concise forms, and his output consists

almost entirely of chamber music. Not content

with conventional ensembles, he constantly seeks out new combinations such as accordion

and concert kantele.



Oliver Kentish

Oliver Kentish was born in London and studied

the cello at The Royal Academy of Music where

his teacher was Vivian Joseph. In 1977

he came to Iceland to play in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. From 1978-1986 he taught at the Akureyri Music School and now teaches

at Nyja Tónlistarskólinn in Reykjavík.

He is also active as a choral and orchestral conductor.

Oliver has composed music in most genres, including a large number of songs, choral works and chamber music. Ongoing is a series

of chamber concertos for various instruments, drawing inspiration from Greek mythology.

The concertos include those for trumpet, clarinet, oboe, violin, guitar and harp amongst others.

In 1993 he was commissioned by the British Government to compose a work which was the gift from the British nation to the people of Iceland

on the occasion of fifty years of Icelandic independence. The work, “My People” (Icel.

"Mitt fólk") for baritone and orchestra, dedicated to Iceland´s then President, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, was premiered in September 1994,

performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and baritone Michael Clarke,

conducted by Osmo Vänskä. Oliver has received several awards for his music and has three times been composer-in-residence at the Skálholt Summer Music series as well as receiving stipends

from the Composers' Fund of the Icelandic Radio and from the Icelandic Ministry of Arts & Sciences. Music by Oliver is regularly performed

on Icelandic Radio and appears on several CDs and he has been performed widely in Europe,

the Scandinavian countries, the USA & Russia.



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John E. ZammitPace

John E. ZammitPace is a composer of Classical Avant-Garde music and of circa 150 compositions, mostly in a multiplicity notated way,

but also in a Graphic manner.  Recently,

his graphic orchestral work, Trisolar,

was performed in Chicago by The Chicago Modern Orchestra under the baton of composer Renee Baker.

John is an author of symphonies, string quartets, and Concertos, but also of a certain number

of chamber music, duets, and solo music

for various instruments.

In his studies, he was highly influenced

by the music of Xenakis, Stockhausen,

Cage and Boulez, to mention a few...