Norwegian composer Ørjan Matre is headed for St. Petersburg and Prague.

A busy week awaits the 27-year-old composer Ørjan Matre, with performances of his music at festivals in St. Petersburg and Prague. First he travels to the XVI Festival of Arts in St. Petersburg –this year subtitled “From avant-garde to our day”- where the work “Elegy for Mr./Mrs. Ciona Intestinalis” (for violin and piano) will be performed on March 20th. And then the festival closing concert on March 24th will include Matre’s work “Echo imprints” -for horns and strings- performed by The Orchestra of the State Hermitage Museum.

Ørjan Matre 2006 Photo:

The following day the same work will be played at the Prague Premieres Festival by the North Bohemian Orchestra. This year the festival bears the subtitle “heading north”

Ørjan Matre was born in Bergen in 1979. His musical background is wide-ranging and he started composing at an early stage. But it was only during studies in composition with composer Rune Rebne that his musical curiosity was fully stimulated. Later he proceeded to study composition at the Norwegian Academy of music, tutored by Bjørn Kruse, Lasse Thoresen, Olav-Anton Thommessen and Henrik Hellstenius.

Ørjan Matre has written a number of works for diverse constellations; from smaller chamber- and solo pieces to works for bigger ensembles and orchestras. And many of them have been performed, both at home and abroad. Several of his pieces are written for large ensembles, and among the entities to have performed these are Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, The Norwegian Army Band Bergen (NABB), The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Matre has collaborated with musicians such as Rolf Borch, Ingfrid Beie Nyhus, Tora Augestad and Tanja Orning.

His oeuvre “Four Miniatures for Orchestra” has been recorded by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the direction of Rolf Gupta. The recording, which was released in October 2006 (Aurora), features pieces by four young composers.

Further, Matre is currently engaged as the in-house composer for the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra for the 2006/7 season, -a collaboration that will also extend into the next concert season. This year his music will be performed at concerts and festivals in Norway, The Czech Republic, Iceland, Russia and China.

Details on the impending concerts:

March 20th –19.00
“Elegy for Mr./Mrs. Ciona Intestinalis” (for violin and piano)
Igor Rogalov / Aleksander Rikhter
XVI International Festival of Arts
Small Philharmonic Hall- St. Petersburg

March 24th –19.00
Echo Imprints (for two horns and string ensemble)
The Orchestra of the State Hermitage Museum
XVI International Festival of Arts
Small Philharmonic Hall St. Petersburg

March 25th –19.30.
“Echo Imprints”
North Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice –Petr Kotik
Prague Premiers 07: “heading north”
Dvorák Hall - Prague

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