Avanti! Chamber Orchestra // foto: Avanti!

In 2016 NJORD Biennale succeeded in bringing the world-famous, Finnish Avanti! Chamber Orchestra to Denmark for their first ever performance in the country. This collaboration continues, and this year Avanti! NJORD plays NJORD's final concert - this time they present an inward-looking, contemplative programme, inspired by both nature and by poems centring on how human existence is reflected in nature. 

On Studiescenen as well this evening are Danish cellist Jakob Kullberg and the Norwegian soprano Caroline Wettergreen - young musicians who are celebrated and enjoyed by audiences all over the world for their virtuosity and stylistically broad approach to music. 

The programme places Composer-in-Residence Anna Thorvaldsdottir in a historical context through music by Kaija Saariaho and György Ligeti  as well as another branch of the Ligeti family tree; Hans Abrahamsen whose work, To Inger Christensen Sange, will have its Danish premiere with Caroline Wettergreen as a soloist. 

After the concert, NJORD Biennale invites the audience to join us for a drink at this year's closing reception in KoncertKirken. KoncertKirken also serves as the venue for Saturday's Late Night concert.

Before the Late Night concert, cultural researcher Torben Sangild interviews Anna Thorvaldsdottir about composition, visuality and aesthetics in relation to a number of her works, which will subsequently be performed live. 


NJORD's final Late Night concert is the result of a brand new collaboration between Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Copenhagen Piano Quartet. Thorvaldsdottir has curated a complete concert programme with her own compositions for the young, award-winning quartet who invites the audience into a quiet, meditative room of creation and performance, in a poetic interplay between timbres, structures, visuals and the musicians' breathing. 

The concert  includes the work Trajectories for pianist and visuals, created in collaboration with the artist Sigurður Guðjónsson, as well as the premiere of Thorvaldsdottir's brand new work Spectra written for Copenhagen Piano Quartet and commissioned by NJORD. 

Copenhagen Piano Quartet // foto: Thomas Rockall Muus


Saturday 27/1
Studiescenen / RDAM



w. Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Jakob Kullberg (cello), Caroline Wettergreen (soprano) & Clément Mao - Takacs (cond.)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: HRIM (2009/2010), Danish premiere

Kaija Saariaho: Amers (1992)

Hans Abrahamsen: To Inger Christensen Sange (2017), Danish premiere 

György Ligeti: Chamber Concerto (1969-70)


in KoncertKirken

21.30 Artist Talk

w. Anna Thorvaldsdottir & Torben Sangild


w. Copenhagen Piano Quartet

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Transitions (2014)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Shades of Silence (2012)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir & Sigurður GuðjónssonTrajectories (2013), Danish premiere

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Reflections (2016)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Scape (2011)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Spectra (2017), premiere


Caroline Wettergreen // foto: Trond Gudevold

Jakob Kullberg // foto: Kåre Viemose

NJORD | Jan 30 – Feb 02 2020 | Copenhagen

NJORD is Copenhagen's biennale for new Nordic music and art. The biennale brings together composers, visual artists, musicians, poets, and directors in Nordic collaboration on a number of cross-artistic projects.