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Søren Nils Eichberg   (Born 1973)

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Søren Nils Eichberg has recently been appointed the first composer-in-residence in the history of the Danish National Orchestra (also known as The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra). For three years he will thus put his mark on one of the leading orchestras in Scandinavia.

Eichberg was born in 1973 in Stuttgart, Germany, grew up in Denmark and today lives and works in Berlin. He studied piano and orchestra conducting in Copenhagen and Cologne, but his break-through came as a composer when winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium in 2001. Since then, he has risen to become one of the most distinctive composers of his generation. His works have been performed in most European countries as well as in Japan, China, Korea, Australia and the US and have been radio broadcast in the US and europewide.

Eichberg has been commissioned works by Ensemble Modern, Hilary Hahn, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrücken, the Opera House of Münster and the Theatre of Stendal, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the International Festival in Bergen in Norway, the International Piano Competition Ferruccio Busoni, the International ARD Music Competition and the Japanese Viva Hall Cello Competition.

His output since 2001 includes more than 30 works, among others a symphony; cello-, piano- and violin concertos; an opera as well as solo-, chamber- and ensemble music.

His prizes and awards include the Composition Fellowship of the Tanglewood Music Festival, the 3-year Composition Grant of the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Composition Stipend of the German Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (Italy / New York) and the Composition Prize of the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

Eichberg's works are published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen (Music Sales) and Universal Edition Wien.

As a conductor he has worked with: Südwestfälische Philharmonie, Junge Münchner Philharmonie, Danish Radio Symphony, Ensemble Kaleidoskop Berlin, Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik and soloists from the Munich and Berlin Philharmonic.

Live Dates

01/03/2013   DR Symfoniorkestret præsenterer ny Eichberg-CD
Torsdagskoncerten i DRs Koncerthus 7. marts byder på CD-lancering og uropførelse af DR SymfoniOrkestrets huskomponist Søren Nils Eichberg
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01/11/2013   Classica

Søren Nils Eichberg: Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
3/4 Stars

"l'envie d'une réécoute immédiate."
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01/09/2013   Nordis

Søren Nils Eichberg: Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
6/6 Stars

"Eichberg hat wirklich etwas zu sagen und beherrscht die Klang-Klaviatur eines Orchester lustvoll-virtuos ."
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31/07/2013   International Record Review

Søren Nils Eichberg: Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
"A remarkable disc. It is impossible to remain indifferent to the music. The performances by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Poppen are ferociously good."
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13/07/2013   MusicWeb International

Søren Nils Eichberg: Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
"Engineering at its best. A compelling disc for every bold-leaning lover of big-sounding symphonies."
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16/06/2013   Expedition Audio (Website)

Søren Nils Eichberg: Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
"Eichberg's music is immediately appealing, colorful, and irresistibly powerful."
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12/06/2013   Kulturdelen (Svensk tidskrift)

Søren Nils Eichberg: Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
5/5 Stars

"Det här är rasande bra musik."
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01/03/2013   Neue Zeitschrift für Musik

Søren Nils Eichberg: Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
4/5 Stars

"Urwüchsigen, bildkräftigen, tonal geerdeten Erzähllandschaften". Musikalische Wertung: 4. Technische Wertung: 5. Booklet: 3.
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21/11/2011   American Record Guide

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
"These Danish composers from three generations seem intent on forging their own paths ... this is a fascinating and powerful piece."
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01/10/2011   Gramophone

Ruders, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Eichberg: Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
"Taken together, they offer a fascinating cross-section of the diversity of temperament among Danish composers ... a disc that is as finely recorded as it is played."
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21/06/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Distant Still - Trioer for violin, horn og klaver
4/6 Stars

"De tre musikere har spillet sammen siden slut-90' erne, og viser til fulde, at instrumentsammensætningen er udfordrende og lytteværdig."
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08/06/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
4/6 Stars

"De tre musikere spiller hele vejen igennem med en omhyggelig sans for detaljerne."
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Photo: Henning Harms

Discography

Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
Before Heaven, Before Earth - Symphonies 1 and 2
Søren Nils Eichberg

CD 8.226109 (2013)

Søren Nils Eichberg grabs the audience with his dynamic and effective mastery of the grand orchestra

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
Ruders, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Eichberg

CD 8.226549 (2011)

Contemporary works written for The Danish Horn Trio by Poul Ruders, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Søren Nils Eichberg

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CD 8.226518 (2006)

The sensational trio with saxophone, percussion and recorder. Listen!


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