The New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) presents a programme prepared in collaboration with one of the most distinguished trumpet players of our time, Ole Edvard Antonsen. Regarded as one of Norway’s biggest international stars of all time, he has recorded more than 60 CDs in all genres, appeared as a soloist at major music venues in more than 40 countries around the world, and collaborated with the likes of late Mariss Jansons and Kent Nagano.
Having mastered the standard classical repertoire for the trumpet, Antonsen has set out to explore new music and other genres, which he continues to do with much ardour. His huge popularity in Norway owes much to the fact that he covers such a broad span of repertoire, including not only classical but also popular music and jazz. He is also a dexterous improviser, playing not only acoustically but also employing various electronic devices and composing music for his performances.
Artistic collaboration with Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas and the NICO under his leadership began in 2016 when the ensemble was invited to perform at the Festspillene i Elverum in Norway. The ensemble returned two times to this festival and reunited with Antonsen in Vilnius for recording sessions in 2019.
This concert will feature music by Gelgotas, which will embrace live improvisations by Antonsen. Modern and improvised music will be contrasted with the most beautiful Baroque pieces for trumpet and string orchestra. “Our decision to complement contemporary music with Baroque pieces was made on the spur of the moment. We talked about a lot of things and discovered that in the meantime we both had an itch for Baroque music, which gives us powerful inspiration; we both agreed that contemporary music is much more akin to Baroque rather than to Classical music. We are very much looking forward to this concert because it is an exciting musical experience for us all, which, I believe, will offer many pleasant surprises,” Gelgotas revealed.