KIM ANDRÉ ARNESEN (b 1980 )
One of Norway’s most frequently performed contemporary composers, Kim André Arnesen was born in 1980 and grew up in Trondheim. He began playing the piano when he was six and joined the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir at the age of ten. He was later educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim.
His interest in music is diverse and embraces the genres of Baroque, contemporary classical and popular—but it is choral music that has always been his greatest passion. At the age of 18 he had his first performance in 1999 with the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir. Since then he has written music that has been performed by choirs internationally. In 2010 his first large-scale work, Magnificat, was commissioned and premièred by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir. This first performance received a favourable critical and public response and resulted in several new commissions. In April 2014 Arnesen’s Requiem was premièred by the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir and the work had its US première in April 2015 in West Virginia. The Denver-based choral ensemble Kantorei and their artistic director Joel Rinsema invited Arnesen to be composer-in-residence for their 2015–16 season.