Søren Nils Eichberg

Søren Nils Eichberg

Conductor

From punk rock to opera: Søren Nils Eichberg is one of Europe's most exciting composers
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«Was in dem Violinkonzert schon unter seinen Händen anklang, zeigte sich auch in seinen eigenen Kompositionen: Eichberg spielt mit den Klangmöglichkeiten des Orchesters und findet eine schier unerschöpfliche Vielfalt.»
Neue Westfälische (2016)
«I can’t remember a more gripping 75 minutes of avant-garde music-theatre»
The Times (2016)
«So kann zeitgenössische Musik sich einem größeren Zuhörerkreis erschließen, ohne an Anspruch zu verlieren: packende Rhythmen, ein unwiderstehlicher Drive, hier und da eine vertraut wirkende Melodie an der man sich für einen Moment festhalten kann, um die Zuhörerseele im Lauschen aufblühen zu lassen.»
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2016)

Bio


Søren Nils Eichberg is one of the most recognised, Scandinavian composers of his generation. When his chamber opera GLARE opened at Royal Opera Covent Garden in London in 2014, Richard Morrison wrote in The Times: „I can’t remember a more gripping 75 minutes of avant-garde music-theatre“ and gave it five out of five stars. Only a few months later Hilary Hahn’s Deutsche Grammophone album „27 Encores“ featuring Eichberg’s „Levitation“ was awarded a GRAMMY-award.In 2011 the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra appointed him their first ever composer-in-residence. 

Having originally studied conducting and piano, Eichberg is today increasingly in demand as a conductor. Often in programmes, which include his own music or which in other ways offer a fresh approach to combining the repertoire with the music of today.

Eichberg works with renowned institutions like Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, MDR Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Orchestre National de Belgique or Odense Symfoniorkester as well as with artists like Hilary Hahn, Valentina Lisitsa, Baiba Skride, Kolja Blacher, Alina Pogostkina, Denis Kozhukhin and with Festivals like Salzburg, Tanglewood and Montpellier.

Born in Stuttgart in Germany, Eichberg grew up in Denmark, where he first studied piano. After studies in Israel and Wien he concluded his education with conducting studies in Cologne.

In 2000 Eichberg received his international major break-through, when the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium in 2001 awarded him the Grand Prix in Composition for his Violin Concerto, Qilaatersorneq. The piece is inspired by a drum ritual of the Inuit of Greenland and has become his widest performed work. Since then he has composed more than 40 works, which are regularly performed in most European countries as well as in Asia and the US.
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Awards

Concours Reine Elisabeth
2016
Grammy Award
2016
Tanglewood Composition Fellow
2016
Deutscher Musikautorenpreis (Nominierung)
2017