Øyvind Torvund
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Composer Portraits

For over twenty years, Miller's flagship series has fostered the creation of new work, served as an incubator...

Composer Portraits

Øyvind Torvund

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Single Tickets on Sale: Monday July 25, 12pm
$48-$120 Buy Series Tickets

Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund relies on his classical compositional training as much as his background as a guitarist in rock and improvising groups in his work. His music is simultaneously quirky, serious, frenetic, and shimmering, and reveals an expansive sonic language, incredible orchestration, and the juxtaposition of the expected and unexpected. An all-star cast of new music artists join together to perform a program of recent works including two premieres.

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  • Laura Cocks flute
  • Rane Moore clarinet
  • Giacomo Baldelli guitar
  • JACK Quartet
  • Yarn/Wire


  • new work (2023) world premiere for Yarn/Wire and JACK Quartet
  • Plans for Future Ensemble Pieces (2020, rev. 2023) world premiere version for flute, clarinet, electric guitar, 2 keyboards, 2 percussion, and string quartet 
  • Untitled School/Mud Jam/Campfire Tunes (2014) for piano/percussion quartet, projected images, and electronic sound

Additional Information

Miller Theatre's 2022-23 season is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Support for contemporary music is provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additional support is provided by the Amphion Foundation.

Photo by Morten Wanvik for Miller Theatre