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Norwegian musicians share past and present

Apr 09,2007
Voci Nobili
The Embassy of Norway has invited the country’s musicians to perform in Korea during April and May, showcasing a mix of past and present Norwegian sounds.
Between April 7 and 13, Voci Nobili, an all-female choir, will be performing six times in different venues, including COEX Auditorium in Seoul, and in the southern parts of Korea. The southern performances will include Tongyong Arts Center, Daegu Student Cultural Center and the Masan MBC Hall.
Voci Nobili is an affiliated group of the Bergen University College in Norway and is made up of around 25 female singers who are students at either the Bergen University College or the University of Bergen. It has gained international recognition at choral competitions in Ireland, France, Sweden and Italy. Recently it won three first-place awards including top choir and top conductor (Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo) at the Sligo International Choir Festival in Ireland.
Although its harmonies are centered on classical music from such composers as Bach, Grieg and Britten, the choir also mixes in contemporary elements, singing Broadway tunes, Norwegian folk songs and present-day compositions by Javier Busto, Jefferey Biegel and Knut Nystedt.
Following the choir, guitarist Anders Clemens Oien will perform three times ― in Paju, Gyeonggi province (May 5), Daegu (May 6) and Seoul (May 8).
Oien was born into a family of artists in Oslo in 1976. At the age of 12 he took up the guitar and later honed his skill with Jan Danielson at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He went on to The Hague and Barcelona to finish his musical education. His music has been featured at numerous music festivals in Norway, and he is an active chamber musician. In 2003, he became the first Scandinavian to win first prize at the prestigious Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition in Granada, Spain.

Anders Clemens Oien
His first CD, released in 2003, was titled “Romanza” with romantic music by Grieg, Tarrega and Llobet. In Korea, he will be performing Bach, Grieg and the work of other classical composers.


For more information on Voci Nobili, visit their homepage at www.kjerka.com/intranett/vocinobili/korea. For ticket reservations visit ticket link at (02) 1588-7890 or www.ticketlink.co.kr. For further information on these performances in Korea, call (02) 2233-8512 or visit www.norway.or.kr.


By Cho Jae-eun Staff Writer [jainnie@joongang.co.kr]


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