Talent hunting and a bit of Ibsen in magnificent Florence

Flying into Florence is a strange experience after years of approaching by road – in past violin-playing years, usually in a coach full of travel-weary musicians. The airport sits in an industrial suburb, the glowing rust coloured towers and turrets of the city just visible in the distance. I´m visiting for the NYIOP final auditions, […]

A week of great moments – and an absurd piece on Scotland in The New Yorker

Last week was a characteristic mix of travel, frustrations, meetings, political intrigue and great moments. It was wonderful to have composer Orlando Gough here to discuss a possible – and enormous – project for the 2014 Norwegian bi-centenial independence celebrations. Meetings with Festspillene i Bergen, animateur Ole Hamre, Den Nasjonale Scene, the Bergen Philharmonic and […]