A project that involves Ondrej Veselý and four acclaimed composers:
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 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.
Currently working at the intersections of music, literature and philosophy, he is a founding member of the AGOSTO / artist collective.
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 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.
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...