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Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen   (Born 1958)

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Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen (born 1958) studied composition with Ib Nørholm, Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen and Karl Aage Rasmussen at the Royal Academies of Copenhagen and Aarhus. He has composed music in a large diversity of genres to ensembles such as The Rascher Sax 4-tet, Ensemble l'Art pour l'Art, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Madrids Radio Symphony Orhchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and most of the leading Danish Ensembles and Orchestras.

Twice a First Prize Winner and receiver of a number of Grants. In 2008 his Concerto for Bang Di and Symphony Orchestra, "Of fire and Earth", won second prize in Shanghai International Spring Music Festival.

Among major works are Symphony No "A Sense of Fall”, the oboe-concerto , "Leaves in Winter", the concert for saxophone and sinfonietta, "Winter has Come" and his operas "The Present of Eden" and "The Little Mermaid”. Newer works includes Symphony No.3 (2010) and the 30. minutes long “Music For a House” (2011) composed for live electronics, choir and 11 musicians playing out of the windows of an illuminated house.

Besides being a composer SHN works as a church- and concert-organist, and as associate professor in Music Theory at the University of Copenhagen, with a large number of theoretical writings (mainly in Danish) including an article on Per Nørgård in the latest version of MGG.

Live Dates

16/09/2015   Trio Ismena present debut album
Trio Ismenas debut-CD udkommer mandag 21. september, og fejres med koncert og reception i Literaturhaus på Nørrebro.
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14/04/2016   Der Neue Merker

Buxtehude and his Circle
"Paul Hillier hat mit seinem formidablen Sängern und einem achtköpfigen Instrumentalensemble wieder einmal einen Hit gelandet."
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01/02/2016   Gramophone

NØRHOLM, GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, HVIDTFELT-NIELSEN, HEGAARD, KOCH: Fem danske klavertrioer
"The piece is worth the price of the disc alone, and suggests that Nielsen's legacy of individuality has eclipsed Gade's ideas of conformity when it comes to Denmark's most worthy 21st-century music."
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04/01/2016   The Classical Reviewer

NØRHOLM, GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, HVIDTFELT-NIELSEN, HEGAARD, KOCH
"Here we have five very fine works that, in different ways bring much enjoyment. There isn’t one disappointing work here. Trio Ismena provide first rate performances, often bringing a real eloquence. The recording is excellent."
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01/11/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

Trio Ismena: Five danish piano trios
"(...) En stærk enhed af tre individer, der tør profilere sig, spiller præcist, saftigt og med kant (...) Trio Ismena er klart værd at lære at kende."
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09/10/2015   David's Review

Five Danish Piano Trios
"Dedicated to Trio Ismena, the young group who have rapidly found a place among today’s outstanding chamber groups, and here show a dedication and affinity to modern Danish music"
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26/04/2012   American Record Guide

Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen: Dance and Detours
"He has a way with delicate instrumental color and texture. Although not, perhaps, for the casual listener, the dedicated will be rewarded."
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02/02/2012   Klassisk

Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen: Dance and Detours
4/6 Stars

"Hatten af for Helge Slaattos og randersmusikernes tackling af udfordringerne på cd'en"
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Photo: Susanne Hvidtfelt Hansen

Discography

Five Danish Piano Trios
Five Danish Piano Trios
Nørholm, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Hvidtfelt-Nielsen, Hegaard, Koch

CD 8.226583 (2015)

Dance and Detours
Dance and Detours
Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen

CD 8.226565 (2012)

Rhythmic, precise chamber works from the 21st century where princes and mermaids take dangerous detours.

Alpha
Alpha
Alpha

CD 8.226518 (2006)

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

... to arrive where we started ...
... to arrive where we started ...

CD 8.224143 (2000)

Ny dansk musik fra 1990’erne med avantgarde-ensemblet Figura

Clarinet Trios
Clarinet Trios

CD 8.224122 (1999)

Fire nye værker skrevet til den uforlignelige trio LINensemble

Into the Black
Into the Black
Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen

CD 8.224079 (1997)

There are mysteries and strange sensations in Sven Hvidtfelt Nielsen’s music

Works for Organ
Works for Organ

CD 8.224018 (1995)

Organ meets harp and percussion in works from the end of the 20th century


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