Halldór Smárason - it means what you think it means (world première)

'it means what you think it means' is a new work by Halldór Smárason written for piano trio and video. During his residency in Manchester in the fall 2014, Halldór spent his time researching and working on a new piece at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. After going through an excessive amount of Burgess' personal belongings, including handwritten poems, camcorder recordings, musical sketches and instruments among other things, Halldór decided to base his piece on a video footage from one of Burgess' numerous interviews on American television, where acoustic music and quotes from the interview echo each other and create a unity.

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER: Halldór Smárason
Halldór Smárason was born in Iceland in 1989. He completed an Advanced Level Piano Examination in the spring of 2009 concurrently with his college graduation, and holds a B.A.-degree in composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and a M.M. degree in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied as a Fulbright-grantee. Through the years his main teachers include Sigríður Ragnarsdóttir pianist, and the composers Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson and Atli Ingólfsson.

Halldór has worked with many renowned artists, including Caput, Oslo Sinfonietta, MSM Symphony, Daniel Lippel, Reykjavík's Trio, Duo Harpverk, Elektra Ensemble, The Iceland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble NeoN, Marco Fusi and Ensemble ACJW. Halldór has participated at the Ung Nordisk Musik 2013 and 2014, Nordic Cool in 2013, Sonic Festival 3.0 in 2014 and was a composer-in-residence at Við Djúpið 2011 and Podium Festival 2014.

Through the years Halldór has performed on numerous occasions as a soloist or as part of various groups. In addition to performances, Halldór has appeared on several recordings of musical CD’s.

Halldór Smárason commissioned in partnership with Curated Place. www.CuratedPlace.com

Collaborative Compositions invites mid-career composers to develop new works with leading ensembles across Europe as part of the Moving Classics European Network for New Music established by Curated Place.

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