Valade and Herresthal perform Saariaho at the Bergen International Festival

31 May 2017

On Friday 2 June Pierre-André Valade conducts the London Sinfonietta at the Bergen International Festival in a programme which includes two world premieres by Norwegian composers to celebrate 100 years of the Norwegian Society of Composers.

Also on the programme is Kaija Saariaho's violin concerto Graal Theater played by Peter Herresthal in a new version staged by Aleksi Barriere. Peter has previously performed this work in New York at National Sawdust and with the Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta as well as working on the score directly with the composer.

The concert comes to London on Tuesday 6 June as part of the Southbank Centre’s festival of Nordic music and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Both artists are extremely well regarded for their interpretation of contemporary scores:

This season Pierre-André Valade has appeared with SWR Sinfonie at Donaueschingen Festival, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and conducted Gerard Grisey's monumental score Les Espaces acoustiques with the Helsinki Philharmonic. He performs Boulez Pli selon pli with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique in Bilbao.

Peter Herresthal recently gave his first performance of Harrison Birtwistle's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with Orquesta Sinfonica Porto under Martyn Brabbins and his future concerto engagement include Eivind Buene's Violin Concerto with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Nils Henrik Asheim Catch Light with Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His most recent appearance at the Bergen International Festival was in 2014 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra when he gave the world premiere ofPer Nørgård Three Nocturnal Movements.

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