Jan Erik Mikalsen (Photo: E. Slyngstad)
Jan Erik Mikalsen (NO) – Will they like Beethoven
Jan Erik Mikalsen about his piano piece “Will they like Beethoven”:
“Both Voyager spacecrafts are included with a golden record containing sounds and images from earth and the human culture. The golden records has a lifetime of at least one billion year. There are two music examples of Beethoven included on the records:
-1st movement from the 5th symphony
-5th movement from string quartet no.13
What will a future alien civilization think about Beethoven? The Voyager spacecrafts are now reaching interstellar space. Neither are heading in any specific direction of a star and are destined -perhaps eternally- to wander the Milky Way.”
“Will they like Beethoven” – in concert:
Jan Erik Mikalsen (*1979)
Mikalsen studied at the Grieg Academy in Bergen and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and is a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers. He has composed a number of works performed and commissioned by orchestras like Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra,Kringkastingsorkesteret, Oslo Sinfonietta, Bodø Sinfonietta, Thomas Bloch, Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, Quartet Artis Wien, Stavanger Samtidsensemble, Orchestre de Flutes Francais, Manger Musikklag, Ingrid Torvund, Tori Wrånes and Bård Ask. He has participated in festivals such as Présences Festival, Pablo Casals Festival, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Casa Da Musica, Performa 13, Young Nordic Music and Nordic Music Days.
Mikalsen also won the award from the Kavlifondet, and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra‘s Nordic / Baltic Composers Workshop 2004-2005 with the work Ghouls & Moons premiered by the same orchestra under the main series, on October 20, 2005. His collaboration with visual artist Bård Ash during 2013 and 2014 has resulted in a number of works, including Notio Viri Placet shown in Bergen, London, Paris and Oslo.
In January 2010 Björn Nyman and Kringkastingsorkesteret premiered the work Clarinet Concerto at stage 2, in The Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo. In 2014 the commissioned work Music for solo flute and sinfonietta was premiered by Elisabeth Kristensen Eide and Bodø Sinfonietta. January 20, 2012, the workParts II for Orchestra was premiered by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, as one of four works in the finals of Toru Takemitsu Composition Award competition (referee Salvatore Sciarrino). The same composition won the Edvardprisen in 2012. The work Wagner Prelude was commissioned by Queen Sonja International Music Competition in 2013 and premiered in the main hall in Den Norske Opera by the opera orchestra during the final concert. In autumn 2014 Kringkastingsorkesteret premiered the commissioned work Songs for Orchestra. The BIT20 Ensemble commissioned the work Too much of a good thing which was premiered in autumn 2014 a new commissioned work for solo piano and sinfonietta in Bergen. The work was again performed under the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England that year. Mikalsen was awarded Intro composer for the period 2014-2016. The composition Songs for Orchestra won the 2015 International Rostrum of Composers (IRC), organized by the International Music Council, and it will be broadcast in some 30 countries around the world. September 2017 saw the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra premiering Mikalsen’s latest orchestral work, Just for You for Piano Solo and Orchestra, featuring Ellen Ugelvik as piano soloist and conductor Lars-Erik Ter Jung.