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Norwegian Music Meets Slovak

The project 'Norwegian music meets Slovakia' is part of the EU exchange program, and organized by the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava together with the Grieg Academy at the University of Bergen. The project is also supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Slovakia.

Bratsilava bilde

The first part of the exchange took place in Bratislava 5–6  December. The program consists of master classes, concerts, lectures, and a competition. The seminar days were concluded by two concerts in the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava with works by Edvard Grieg, Harald Sæverud, Klaus Egge, Fartein Valen, Knut Vaage and Morten Eide Pedersen.

From the Center for Grieg Research, Arnulf Mattes contributed with a lecture on 'Grieg, History, and Politics - Commemorating Grieg in 2007-1993-1943'.

The Norwegian participants are all associated with the ongoing artistic research project (Un-)Settling Sites and Styles: Performers in Search of New Expressive Means at the Faculty of Arts, Music and Design, UiB.

The delegation from the Academy for Performing Arts Bratislava will be returning to Bergen 17–19 January 2018, with a corresponding program consisting of concerts, master classes and guest lecture by Prof. Markéta Štefková at the Bergen Public Library, January 19, 2018 (the program will be announced later). 

Participants: 

Performing artists: 
Fra Bergen: Einar Røttingen, Signe Bakke, Torleif Torgersen, piano, Hilde Haraldsen Sveen, vocal, Ricardo Odriozola, violin and ensemble
Fra Bratislava: Daniel Buranovský, piano,  Dagmar Podkamenská, vocal, Róbert Pechanec, vocal accompagniment, Jozef Horváth, violin 

Composers:
Knut Vaage, Bergen og Evgeny Irshai, Bratislava

Musicologists:
Arnulf Mattes, Bergen and Markéta Štefková, Bratislava