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Presented in New York and Denmark in alternating seasons, and home to members of the Emerson String Quartet, New Music for Strings is one of the most exciting new classical music festivals in recent years. 

 

The New Music For Strings Festival (NMFS) is thrilled to announce the launch of its third annual season in August 2018.  Hosted by The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Denmark, and the Iceland Academy of the Arts, NMFS brings together performers and composers of contemporary classical music from across the Atlantic. The musicians work intensively during the festival alongside acclaimed experts in their respective fields in order to spread awareness of diverse music in our local communities.

The mission of New Music for Strings is to foster an interdisciplinary space between the fields of string instrument performance and composition. Composers and performers will interact and inspire one another while working on the different aspects of creating and interpreting compositions for string instruments.  

NMFS showcases a roster of world-class musicians alongside accomplished student participants, ranging from members of the Emerson String Quartet and faculty from Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus to graduate students from top conservatories and universities in the U.S. and Europe.  The 9-day Danish component (August 11 - 19) features a concert series, a lecture series and a masterclass series (including three independent tracks available for participants: chamber music, composition, and performer/composer).  Participants and audience will have access to all events, most of which are free to attend.  The 5-day Icelandic component (August 20 - 25) will also feature concerts, lectures, and masterclasses.   The complete 2018 Festival line up of repertoire will be announced in the Spring.

Artistic Director and violinist Anne Sophie Andersen, cello faculty member Henrik Brendstrup and members of The Parhelion Trio perform Gérard Grisey's Talea at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall —NMFS 2017

Artistic Director and violinist Anne Sophie Andersen, cello faculty member Henrik Brendstrup and members of The Parhelion Trio perform Gérard Grisey's Talea at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall —NMFS 2017

As a bridge between America and Scandinavian classical music cultures, NMFS aims to highlight both American and Scandinavian musical traditions of performing and composing.  In doing so, NMFS promotes a large number of works by living American and Scandinavian composers, including local graduate student and faculty composers. This intercultural element creates a juxtaposition of styles, leading to increased awareness and perspective on our respective traditions.

Led by Artistic Director Anne Sophie Andersen, faculty and guest artists/ensembles in NMFS 2018 include violinists Eugene Drucker (Emerson String Quartet), Mari Kimura, Mo Yi, Patrick Yim and Gróa Margrét Valdimarsdóttir; violists Steven Dann and Alicia Valoti; cellist Henrik Brenstrup; composers Eivind Buene, Mari Kimura, David Cutright and Nikolaj Busk; lecturer Judith Lochhead; pianist Andrea Christie; ensembles in residence The Friction Quartet and The Parhelion Trio; and collaborating ensembles Lydenskab and Ensemble Edge.

New Music for Strings takes place in Aarhus, Denmark and Stony Brook, NY in alternating years, hosted by The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus and Stony Brook University.  The inaugural NMFS festival took place in Aarhus, Denmark August 2016.