This is the website for Henrik Hellstenius composer and teacher. Here you can find information about Hellstenius´ works, listen to examples of his music, see clips from his stage productions, read articles and be updated on current projects. The site is mainly in english but some articles and other texts will only be in norwegian.

 

New CD!

«Crossing Patterns»
Twitter Machine
Lars-Erik ter Jung, Violin
Thomas Kjekstad, Guitar

FABRA (2011) FBRCD-09


All works first time recordings!!

 

• Ørjan Matre:
Crossing Patterns and Chaconne
• Jon Øivind Ness:
Slow Dive
• Henrik Hellstenius:
The Argonaut
• Magnar Åm:
hugse
• Tanja Orning:
Swen

 

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Peter Herresthal

«Catch Light»

Aurora ACD5066

 

• Nils Henrik Asheim:
Catch Light
• Gisle Kverndokk:
Initiation
• Henrik Hellstenius:
By the voice a faint
light is shed
• Jon Øivind Ness:
Mad Cap Tootling


Peter Herresthal, violin
Peter Kates, percussion
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Oslo Philharmonic
Orchestra
BIT20 Ensemble

 

recordings/listen/

diskography

 

 

 
 

 

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New CD on BIS

http://www.eclassical.com/labels/bis/in-memoriam.html

 

Semtembre 11-13, 2015

The National Opera & Ballet, Ultima Festival

TEATRE OF THE EAR: ABOUT THE NATURE (wp)

Web: ultima-2015-orets-teater-om-naturen

Composed concert by Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturg/stage director: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckmann

With Njål Sparboe, Silje Aker Johnsen,

Stine Janvin Motland, Oslo Sinfonietta, Dans les Arbres

 

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August 19, 2015

Wagner Park Downtown Dance Festival, New York

August 21, 2015

Schimmel Center at Pace University, New York

https://vimeo.com/60943847

PRAEAMBULUM

Music for dance performance
with Ingun Bjørnsgaard Poject
Julia Strelchenko – piano

 

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June 3-4. 2015

Stavanger Concert House

WAVES UNDER WATER (wp)

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Torodd Wigum - conductor

 

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May 31 – June 2, 2015

Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen International Festival

FIVE PIECES FOR PIANO (wp)

Håkon Austbø - piano

EROS - A choreographed theatrical concert

with Juni Dahr, Håkon Austbø,

Anja Sunniva Valseth and Lars Jacob Holm.

 

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April 9, 2015

Oslo Concert Hall

PETITES MACHINES (wp)

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko

 

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March 6, 2015

Oslo Concert Hall

Hellstenius/Schumann: Dichterliebe (wp)

Hellstenius: A Quiet Space (wp version for orchestra)

Hellstenius: Readings of Mr. G

Solveig Slettahjel - vocal

Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen - percussion, song

Peter Knudsen - video

Ayat Gali - video

Christian Eggen - conductor

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

 

April 9, 2015

March 6, 2015

Oslo Concert Hall

 

Hellstenius/Schumann: Dichterliebe

Hellstenius: A Quiet Space

Hellstenius: Readings of Mr. G

Solveig Slettahjel - vocal

Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen - percussion, song

Peter Knudsen - video

Ayat Gali - video

Christian Eggen - conductor

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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December 13, 2014

Dansens Hus, Oslo

PRAEAMBULUM

Music for dance performance

with Ingun Bjørnsgaard Poject
Julia Strelchenko – piano

 

November 27, 2014

Oslo Concert Hall

LOVEN (THE LAW) WP

Text by Øyvind Rimbereid
Tora Augestad – mezzo-soprano
Ander Mordal – actor
Boya Bøckmann – video
Tormod Carlsen – stage direvtion 
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Eggen – conductor

 

September 25, 2014

Oslo Concert Hall

LIKE OBJECTS IN A DARK ROOM

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Fabien Gabel – conductor

 

September 11, 2014

The National Gallery,

Ultimafestivalen Oslo, Norway

PLACES OF SOUNDS AND WORDS

Elisabeth Holmertz – soprano
Cikada Ensemble
Peter Knutsen – video
Henrik Hellstenius – electronics

 

August 18 – 22, 2014

Stavanger Concert Hall

LIKE OBJECTS IN A DARK ROOM
IN MEMORIAM

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Rolf Gupta – conductor
Peter Herresthal – violin
Recording for BIS

 

May 25, 2014

International Festival Bergen, Norway

VICTORIA COUNTING II

Victoria Johnson – violin
Henrik Hellstenius – electronics

 

May 23, 2014

New Directions Festival, Piteå, Sweden

PLACES OF SOUNDS AND WORDS (wp)

Elisabeth Holmertz – soprano
Henrik Hellstenius - electronics
Cikada Ensemble:
Karin Hellquist – violin
Torun Stavseng – Cello
Kenneth Karlsson – indan organ
Bjørn Rabben – percussion

 

April 27 – May 9 , 2014

The Norwegian National Opera, Oslo

OPHELIAS: DEATH BY WATER SINGING

(wp  recording)
Elisabeth Holmertz – soprano
Tora Augestad – mezzosoprano

Ivan Ludlow – baryton
Silje Aker Johnsen – soprano
Janna Wettergren – mezzosoprano
Ebba Rydh – alto
Cikada Ensemble
Christian Eggen – conductor

 

April 27, 2014

Akademi der Künste, Berlin

HI-OPHELIA!

Ensemble El Perro Andaluz
Lennart Dohms – conductor

 

April 5, 2014

Tou Scene - Ny Musikk Stavanger, Norway

DREAM OF LATE

Nora Myrset Asheim - violin

 

March 29, 2014

The Cello Factory – London Ear Festival

LONG PILGRIMAGE

Victoria Johnson – violin

 

March 26/29, 2014

Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo

HOW NOT TO BE BORED

Njål Sparbo – voice

 

March 10/11, 2014

Lofotkatedralen, Vågan, Norway

...WHEN THE LAST BLOW FALLS 

(wp-recording)
Marianne Beate Kielland – mezzosoprano
Nils Mortensen – piano

 

March 9/10, 2014

Academy of Music Katowice, Poland

IMPRINTS II 

(wp recording)
Szymon Krzeszowiec – violin
Alexander Øllgaard – viola
Jakkob Kullberg – cello

 

February 6, 2015

ANX – Oslo Screen Festival, Oslo

http://vimeo.com/90692336
MUGETUFT

Tellef Øgrim – guitars, electronis
Jakob Janssøn – drums, electronics
Henrik Hellstenius – electronics
Peter Knutsen – live video

 

January 23, 2014

Mind the Gap Nights, Rotterdam

International Film Festival Rotterdam & Gonzo Circus

http://vimeo.com/85325266
MUGETUFT

Tellef Øgrim – guitars, electronis
Jakob Janssøn – drums, electronics
Henrik Hellstenius – electronics
Peter Knutsen – live video

 

New video

Peter Herresthal, Nils Schweckendiek
and Tapiola Sinfonietta performs

IN MEMORIAM

http://areena.yle.fi/tv/2059296

 

November 15, 2013

Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany

November 14, 2013

Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

HI OPHELIA!

Ensemble El Perro Andaluz/Lennart Dohms

 

November 8, 2013

Novembermusic, s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

November 6, 2013

Sound of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

October 26, 2013

Transit Festival, Leeuven, Belgium

AM I A MOUSE, AM I A MONKEY

Elisabeth Holmertz, sopran and

Kenneth Karlsson, Indian harmonium

Cover version of the aria «Am I a mouse, am I a monkey»

from the opera Ophelias: Death By water Singing

 

October 25, 2013

Tarnow, Poland

PRAEAMBULUM

Ingun Bjørnsgaard Project

 

October 15, 2013

Nordic Music Days, Helsinki, Finland

IN MEMORIAM

Peter Herresthal – violin

Tapiola Sinfoietta/Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

 

Dokkhuset, Trondheim, Norway

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READINGS OF MR. G (solo version)

Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen – percussion

 

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August 23, 2013

NRK Radio Music Hall, UNM Festival, Oslo, Norway

LIKE OBJECTS IN A DARK ROOM

The Norwegian Radio Orchesta

 

August 17, 2013

Oscarshall, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Norway

REMAINS (wp)

Oslo String Quartet

 

June 18/19, 2013

City Teatre, Kuopio Dance Festival, Finland

PRAEAMBULUM

Ingun Bjørnsgaard Project

 

May 25, 2013

Østre, Festspillene i Bergen, Norway

SYNGE OLAVS DRAUMAR

Musical composition of text by Jon Fosse for singers and actors

Silje Aker Johnsen, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, Anders Dale, Svein Solesnes

Stage director: Mette Arnstad

 

PREAMBULUM

Dance performance by Ingun Bjørnsgaard,

music by Henrik Hellstenius and J.S. Bach.

 

February 2, 2013

Ilios Festivalen, Harstad Kulturhus, Harstad, Norway

ALREADY A RIVER A QUIET PLACE

Music Conservatory Tromsø Sinfonietta

Lars Lien, conductor

 

January 31 – february 3, 2013

Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway

PRAEAMBULUM (World Premier)

Music for dance performance

by Ingun Bjørnsgaard

Julia Strelchenko – piano

 

January 26, 2013

Nordlysfestivalen,

Sparebanken festsal, Tromsø, Norway

ALREADY A RIVER

A QUIET PLACE

Music Conservatory Tromsø Sinfonietta

Lars Lien, conductor

 

January 11, 2013

Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway

LOVE SONGS II (World premier of new version)

Norwegian Academy of Music Sinfonietta

Per Sigmund Torp, Conductor

 

Henrik Hellstenius

FRAMING TIME

Video created by OMaclac,

Optique MusicAle CLAssique Contemporaine

 

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Sunniva Rødland Wettre

performing Henrik Hellstenius' «Heritage»

i Kulturkirken Jakob (2012)

(YouTube)

 

Kulturhuset Tromsø, Norway

READINGS OF MR. G

Jennifer Torrence – percussion/voice
Tromsø Chamber Orchestra
Rolf Gupta – cond.

 

Kulturhuset, Lille Sal, Tromsø, Norway
ALREADY A RIVER
A QUIET PLACE

Music Conservatory Tromsø Sinfonietta
Lars Lien, conductor

 

Bidrobon, Biermanngården, Oslo

MUGETUFT

Tellef Øgrim – live electronics, guitar
Henrik Hellstenius – live electronics
Peter Knudsen – live visuals

 

Stavanger Concert House, Stavanger, Norway

Å SYNGE OLAVS DRAUMAR (WP)

Composition of texts by Jon Fosse for singers and actors
Silje Aker Johnsen, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer,
Anders Dale, Svein Solesnes
Director: Mette Arnstad

 

Oslo National Academy of The Arts, Norway

EXERCISES AND ESSAYS

Pre-production of new music theatre piece
(to be premiered in 2013)
Njål Sparboe – barytone
Victoria Johnson – violin
Erlend Habbestad – cello
Julia Strelcheno – piano
Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen – percussion

 

All Saints Church Hall, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

FIVE IMPRINS OF TIME

Current Saxophone Quartet

Jar Church, Norway


Recording of READINGS OF MR. G – solo version

Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen – percussion/voice

 

Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway

Et Moderne Sted

Dance performance by Ingun Bjørnsgaard

PLACES OF SOUND

Orchestra of The Norwegian Opera and Ballet

Jakobskirken, Oslo, Norway

HERITAGE

Sunniva Wettre – harp

Dramatikkens Hus, Oslo Norway

SELF PORTRAIT IN BRIGHT LIGHT

Cikada/ Natali Garner

Article on seminar LYDiTEKST at Scenekust.no

http://www.scenekunst.no/pub/scenekunst/nyheter/?aid=900

 

Sendesaal, Bremen, Germany

READINGS OF MR. G – solo version (wp)

Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen

BOOK OF SONGS II

Florian Donderer – violin

Tanja Tetzlaff – cello

Aulaen, Music Conservatory Tromsø, Norway

FIVE IMPRINTS OF TIME II

Pinquins Percussion Trio

Verdensteateret Tromsø, Norway

IN MEOMRIAM (world premier)

Tromsø Chamber Orchestra,

Peter Szilvay conductor

Peter Herresthal – violin

The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Melbourne Conservatory of Music, Melbourne, Australia

FIVE IMPRINTS OF TIME II

Pinquins Percussion Trio

 

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Vinterlyd festival, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

February 5, 2012

Ilios Festival, Harstad, Norway


SELFPORTRAIT IN BRIGHT LIGHT

Cikada String Quartet
Hans Christian Bræin – clarinet

Natali Garner – voice

 

Festspielhaus Hellerau, Germany

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OMBRA DELLA SERA

Ensemble El Perro Andaluz

 

THE ARGONAUT

Emily Fowler – violin

FIVE IMPRINTS OF TIME

Current Saxophone quartet

HERITAGE

Sunniva Wettre – Harp

Bodø Concert House, Bodø, Norway

LOVE SONGS

Bodø Sinfonietta

Rolf Gupta – conductor

Nationaltheatret, Oslo

I ÅR SKAL DET VÆRE MODERNE

– music for theatre

Silje Aker Johnsen

Stine Mari Fyrileiv

Anneke von der Lippe

Birgitte Larsen

Tom Lee Music Hall Vancouver, Canada

 

The Bergen International Festival has invited the composer Henrik Hellstenius to be in charge of four concert performances. He has called the series The Theatre of the Ear*.

 

In these four concert performances he has placed his own music and that of others in various thematic settings, all of which involve an encounter between the music and the stage elements in the form of video, text, lighting or movement.

 

Logen, Bergen International Festival, Logen, Norway

 

THE THEATRE OF THE EAR IV: STORY TELLERS

 

FRAGMENTS OF A TEACHING (wp)

Ulton Concept:
Christian Immler – baryton
Florian Donderer – violin
Gro Lovdahl – viola
Tanja Tetzlaff – cello
Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen – percussion

 

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June 1, 2011

Logen, Bergen International Festival, Logen, Norway

 

THE THEATRE OF THE EAR III: GROUP THERAPY

 

A QUIET SPACE

Cikada/ Christian Eggen

 

SELF PORTRAIR IN BRIGHT LIGHT (wp)

Hans Christian Bræin
Cikada String Quartet

 

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May 28, 2011

Logen, Bergen International Festival, Logen, Norway

 

THE THEATRE OF THE EAR II: FOUR WAYS TO DIE

 

READINGS OF MR. G

Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen – percussion
Ensemble Allegria/Michael Bartosch

 

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May 26, 2011

Logen, Bergen International Festival, Logen, Norway

 

THE THEATRE OF THE EAR I: 24 HOURS/GRASS

 

BY THE VOICE A FAINT LIGHT IS SHED
Peter Herresthal – violin
Ensemble Ernst/ Thomas Rimul

 

OMBRA DELLA SERA
Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen - percussion
Dan Styffe - double bass

 

*Henrik Hellstenius om «Ørets teater», en storsatsing på samtidsmusikk under Festspillene i Bergen 2011:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QhgKNLMPOA

 

Video by composer Henrik Hellstenius created for his ensemble piece "A Quiet Space":

http://vimeo.com/24004760

 

«I Ørets teater er scenografi, lys, video og projisering inkludert som storleikar i konsertane.

Hellstenius eksperimenterer med plasseringa av utøvarane – og med teksturar i rommet. Ein dag vil det vera gras på golvet. Ein annan dag sit utøvarar og publikum kring eitt og same bord.» (Ballade, 23. 5. 2011)

Les artikkelen i Ballade, 23.5.2011

 

Galleri Prolog, Drammen, Norway

THE ARGONAUT (wp)
Lars-Erik ter Jung - violin

Teatr Weimar, Malmö, Sweden

28 march 2011

Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

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VICTORIA COUNTING
Victoria Johnson – el violin
Edvin Østvik – sound design

 

Litteraturhuset, Oslo

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FIVE IMPRINTS OF TIME II
Piquins percussion trio

(http://www.pinquins.no/Pinquins/Welcome.html)

 

Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

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READINGS OF MR. G
Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen – percussion
Allegria Ensemble
Michael Bartosch – conductor

 

Societaetstheater Dresden, Germany

Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

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HI-OPHELIA
Ensemble El Perro Andaluz
(http://www.elperroandaluz.de)
Lennart Dohms - conductor

 

 

 

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