Klas Torstensson
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Composer Portraits

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Composer Portraits: Klas Torstensson

“For me, variation is one of the most important compositional techniques. The point at which a new variation...

Composer Portraits

Klas Torstensson

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Sweden’s Ensemble SON teams up with Miller favorites Either/Or to introduce to New Yorkers the Swedish-born, Netherlands-based composer Klas Torstensson. Championed by conductor Peter Eötvös, and celebrated at new music festivals in Huddersfield, Vienna, and Darmstadt, the composer has explored Nordic history and themes in works inspired by the polar seas and Arctic expeditions of yore. This program features recent chamber music works, including a new octet composed especially for Either/Or and Ensemble SON.


  • Sönerna  (2016) U.S. premiere
  • No slash (2016) U.S. premiere
  • Elliott loves bebop  (2016) U.S. premiere

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Frances Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.