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Kim André Arnesen


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Kim André Arnesen is one of the most frequently performed classical composers from Norway today. While being a daily follower of MTV, and no one understood why he was such a big The Cure fan at the age of 10, he also played the piano and was a soprano in a boy's choir.
With an interest in baroque music, contemporary classical music, and popular music, Kim could have taken many roads, but choral music became his greatest passion. As a composer, he had his first performance at the age of 18. Since then he has written music that has been performed by choirs all over the world.
In 2010, his Magnificat was commissioned by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls´ Choir. The premiere got an overwhelming feedback leading to several new commissions. A recording was released by 2L in 2014 and the album has received excellent reviews in Gramophone, Choir & Organ and other classical magazines.

In 2014 his Requiem was premiered by the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir. The work had its New York City premiere at Carnegie Hall in January 2017.
Kim was the Composer-in-residence for the Denver-based choral ensemble Kantorei and Artistic Director Joel Rinsema in their 2015/16 Season, which will end with Kim's second CD album to be released in January 2018 by Naxos. In 2016 The Wound in the Water was premiered by Conspirare. In 2017 the new Holy Spirit Mass was premiered. Arnesen is a house composer at Boosey & Hawkes from August 2017.


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