The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition 2016

The International Edvard Grieg Society is co-operating with Centre for Grieg Research and The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition. Join us on Friday 9 September at Troldhaugen with  
1000-1100: Guided tour at Troldhaugen by Grieg expert Eilif B. Løtveit
1100-1230: Edvard Grieg and the Macrofantasy:
Meet the composer Olav Anton Thommessen in conversation with Glenn Erik Haugland
1230-1330: Lunch at Restaurant Troldhaugen
1330: Bus coach from Troldhaugen to the city centre

“Meet the composer” is a co-operation with The International Edvard Grieg Society and Centre for Grieg Research. Olav Anton Thommessen’s Microfantasy on Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor will be performed at the Final concert in Grieghallen.

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Inauguration of the new Grieg Society in Ukraine

New Grieg Society in Ukraine
The inauguration of the new Ukrainian Edvard Grieg Society took place on May 4th and 5th 2016 in Zhytomyr. The opening concert was held in the beautifully refurbished Philharmonic hall, with introductory speeches from the Vice-principal of the Kosenko Music College, Anna Brodska; the Norwegian ambassador, Jon Elveland Fredriksen; and Beryl Foster, Vice-President of the International Grieg Society. Professsor Helmut Loos, leader of the Grieg Begegnungsstätte in Leipzig was also present, and greetings from Sylvia Eckes, President of the IGS, and other Grieg Societies were read out.Ukraine GS inauguration 2016 021
The concert opened with the Overture to Mykola Lysenko’s opera Taras Bulba, played by the college’s Folk Orchestra (from the class of Oleksandr Klymenko), conducted by Yevgen Shestakov. They then accompanied the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto, in which the excellent soloist was Mykola Sych, a first-year student at the college.

After the interval, the college’s Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Oleksandr Chemerys, performed the scenes from Grieg’s unfinished opera, Olav Trygvason. The soloists Yevgeniya Gintovt (mezzo), Tetiana Golovina (contralto) and Oleg Synytsia (bass-baritone) gave spirited performances, in particular Ms Golovina in the difficult part of the Sibyl.

The following day an International Research Conference was held in the concert hall of the Kosenko Music College, one of the oldest musical institutions in Ukraine. Papers were given by professors and postgraduate students from Germany, Great Britain and Poland, as well as from Ukraine. Topics ranged from overviews of Edvard Grieg and Leipzig, the place of Grieg’s vocal music and Olav Trygvason, to discussions of the music of Ukrainian composers and national styles.

The whole event was the idea of Liubov Syniak, a teacher at the Kosenko Music College and now President of the Ukrainian Grieg Society, supported by the Principal and staff, whose enthusiasm and hard work was rewarded by the success of the occasion. In the words of the Norwegian ambassador, “this is not just for Grieg, but also for Ukraine”.

We wish the new society all success and look forward to further collaboration.

Opening of the Edvard Grieg Society in Ukraine

The Opening of the Edvard Grieg Society in Ukraine
takes place on May 4-5, 2016 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Program for the opening
Wednesday May 4:
Philharmonic Hall – Grand Opening
17.00 – the Unfinished opera Olaf Tryggvason’s Ukrainian Opening night;
– Concert of students and professors of the Zhytomyr Music College
19.00 – Festive dinner
Thursday May 5:
The Zhytomyr Music College – Musicological conference “Norway-Ukraine: the dialogue of the cultures” – a presentation of current research of the Grieg’s and Ukrainian composers’ music
9.00: Registration
9.30: The first meeting
11.50: Coffee break
12.10: The second meeting. Conclusions. Closing of the conference.
14.10-15.00: Lunch
The cultural program:
15.30: Concert of Ukrainian music (Hall of the Space Museum)
16.30: Visit to the Sviatoslav Richter’s Memory Rooms,
the Museum of Borys Liatoshynsky

Call for Papers, International Research Conference in Ukraine

arranges an International research conference in Zhytomyr, Ukraine
May 5, 2016
Theme: Norway-Ukraine: the dialogue of the cultures
Papers should include any aspects of the creative personality of
Edvard Grieg or different characteristics of the Ukrainian composers’
Music. Subjects for papers may be related to research, methodology and analysis, but also other studies and projects relevant to the overall themes.
The time limit for the presentations is 15 minutes.
The conference languages will be Ukrainian, Russian and English.
Proposals for presentations should be in the form of one-three pages
summaries of the content to be presented.

The proposals should include the name, contact information and institutional affiliation of the author. The proposals must be submitted for translation to the conference by April 15th 2016 to the address:

Grieg Days in Bratislava November 2015

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava in cooperation with the International Edvard Grieg Society (IGS) organized very successful GRIEG DAYS on November 11, 12 and 18, 2015. The program included masterclasses with the singer Beryl Foster, the pianist Einar Røttingen and the violinist Ricardo Odriozola, a concert by the lecturers, a musicological seminar with Professor Patrick Dinslage, the pianist Heide Görtz, the researchers Wojciech Stępień and Mária Eckhardt, as well as a concert by students from the Academy.

In 2016, a rich illustrated anthology with the lecturers’ papers and photos from the event will be published. It will be in Slovakia the first comprehensive collection of texts about Edvard Grieg.

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The project was supported by EEA and Norway Grants and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bratislava.
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