NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale 2016

NJORD Biennale has a clear aim to focus on the interaction between the tonal colors of music and colour tones of visual art. To live up to this aim we have gathered a group of composers, artists, musicians, and directors etc. to create cross-artistic projects with a common Nordic tone.

The festival´s programme offers five nights of concerts and three exhibits that will unfold the vision of this year´s theme. The programme is broad in scope  - both the well known and established as well as the new generation of composers are represented in NJORD´s diverse selection. Concert formats and content varies; from grand opera productions over experimental ensemble concerts with visuals, to intimate solo and duo performances.

Nordic Composers

The very first NJORD Biennale will feature the work of prize-winning, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho – a great colourist among composers. A number of very different works by Saariaho will be performed and contextualized by Nordic composers and the Biennale will present a world premiere of a brand new duo for violin and cello by Kaija Saariaho. 

NJORD presents a string of the most well reputed living composers and artists from Nordic countries. During the five days of the Biennale we will, in addition to the work of Saariaho, present the works of among others Niilo Tarnanen (FI), Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg (DK), Anna Thorvaldsdottir (IS), Niels Rosing-Schow (DK), Raija Malka (FI) and Jean-Baptiste Barrière (FR).


NJORD presents some of the best musicians within new music from the Nordic countries. 

Among others the Finnish Avanti! Chamber Orchestra will visit Denmark for the very first time. Avanti! is an extraordinary artistic powerhouse - known as one of the best ensembles for contemporary music in the world. On January 28th and 29th the large orchestra plays two very different concerts in Dansehallerne in Copenhagen.

In addition to Avanti! you can also experience La Chambre aux Echos (FR), Jakob Kullberg (DK), Aliisa Neige Barrière (FI / FR), Hélène Navasse (FR / UK) and many more.

The full programme for NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale will be published in January 2016.

THE programme:


Thursday / Januar 28th 2016

Friday / January 29th 2016

Saturday / January 30th 2016

Sunday / January 31st 2016

Monday / February 1st 2016 

Exhibition STILLEBEN / January 30th - February 28th 2016 

Lectures & seminars

NJORD | 28 January – 1 February 2016 | Copenhagen

NJORD is Copenhagen's new biennial for new Nordic music and art. With a focus on timbre in music and color tones in the visual arts, the biennale brings together a number of cross cultured composers, visual artists, musicians, directors, etc. in Nordic collaboration on a number of cross artistic projects.