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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News January 2016

The EDVARD GRIEG SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, will present a Grieg concert on January 16, 2016, at the Liederkrantz Club in New York with cellist and Juilliard faculty member, Darrett Adkins, performing the Grieg Cello Sonata with celebrated pianist, Ann Schein. They will be joined by Earl Carlyss of The Juilliard Quartet, (ret.) in Grieg’s Trio.   For information, please visit:

The launching of a new GRIEG SOCIETY OF THE DAKOTAS will take place at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota on February 18, 2016. A voice concert of Grieg songs and piano works featuring Marla Fogderud and Darci Bultema and pianist Keith Teepen will serve as a kickstarter event for the new Grieg Society of the Dakotas.

Soprano and noted expert on Scandinavian art song, Anna Hersey, will perform with Matti Hirvonen, Swedish pianist and professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, in programs that include Grieg’s Haugtussa and other Scandinavian composers. Hirvonen will present master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music on February 11, 2016, and join Anna Hersey in concerts in Portales, New Mexico and Tacoma, Washington. Hersey’s article, “Beyond Grieg: Norwegian Art Songs” was just released in the National Association of Teachers journal, Nov/Dec. issue. Her book, Scandinavian Art Song: A Guide to Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Diction and Repertoire is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield. More information on

THE UKRAINIAN GRIEG SOCIETY is planning its official opening in May 2016. The society will be based at the Music College in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Liubov Syniak, who is organizing the society and events during the week before the opening, is organizing concerts and competitions between pupils of music schools and students of the Music College. For more information, please contact:

Recent Events of Grieg Societies 2015

Please note that the list of societies and events is not complete. This information was either provided by the society or found on their web site.

On November 15, the Grieg Begegnungsstätte Leipzig e.V. (the German Society of Edvard Grieg) presented a concert with Diana Mos, violin, and Valentina Sandu-Dediu, piano from the National Music University in Bukarest. Works included Grieg, Debussy, and Dediu. On November 7, the society celebrated its 10th anniversary of the opening of their location at Talstrasse 10. The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Grieg Begegnungsstätte was held in Leipzig on October 27, with performances of Grieg. For more information, visit:

The Russian Grieg Society often organizes concerts in Sweden, Norway and Russia (predominantly Moscow) that include performances of young children and seasoned artists. A recent concert was held at the Moscow Conservatory’s hall and was entitled “Music without Borders – Ties between Generations”. Young gifted musicians performed Grieg and Norwegian pianists, Joachim Kwetzinsky and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, both performed during the concert. Aleksandr Trishkin, student of Conservatory’s College in Moscow, performed the 1st movement of Grieg’s concerto. The professor of the Gnesin’s Academy of Music in Moscow, Aleksandr Zagorinsky, also played with Mr. Steen-Nøkleberg.  In August, the society presented concerts in Stockholm at Sofia church. In September, the society presented concerts at the Russian Embassy, Russian-Norwegian Culture Center, and Kongsberg’s and Ski’s high schools in Norway.
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On November 13, the Grieg Society of Great Britain presented the British premiere of John Carmichael’s  Serenade for Flute and Piano. The evening also included works of Grieg, Carmichael, Grainger and Saint-Saëns. The performance took place at Schott’s Music Shop in London. For more information, visit:

The Edvard Grieg Society of Minneapolis celebrated its 10th Anniversary from September 18-20.  Programs included lecture-performances and performances at Norway House, Augsburg College, and Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis. Performers were Rolf Erdahl, Carrie Vecchione, Dan Dressen, Sonja Thompson, Sylvia Eckes with commentary by William Halverson, and students of Norwegian-founded area colleges. On October 9, at Mindekirken in Minneapolis, the Leif Eriksson International Festival and Edvard Grieg Society of Minneapolis presented Norwegian pianist, Rune Alver in works of Grieg and other Norwegian composers. For more information, visit:

In cooperation with the Edvard Grieg Society of America, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, invited well-known Norwegian bass-baritone and Grieg specialist, Njål Sparbo, as visiting artist. On November 4, there was a lecture-demonstration of Grieg songs and choral works with Mr. Sparbo assisted by Mary Rose Norell and Luke Norell, piano, and a performance of two of the Four Psalms, Op. 74, with the Goshen College Chamber Choir. On November 5, Njål Sparbo conducted a vocal master class with Goshen voice students.

Visiting artist, Njål Sparbo, gave a vocal master class at Indianapolis University. At Zion Evangelical Church of Christ in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 8,  there was a lecture-demonstration of Grieg Songs with Njål Sparbo assisted by Gregory Martin, piano. For a review of the events, visit:!news/cidv

The South Bend Area Music Teachers Association in Indiana hosted an all- Grieg presentation and performance on Wednesday, October 14. Mary Rose Norell and Luke Norell, piano performed a program that included piano works from Op. 17, Op. 66, and Op. 72, the Ballade, Op. 24, and the Norwegian Dances, a duet.