Arne Nordheim, was born in Larvik and studied at the Conservatoires of Oslo and Paris. He is one of the most important inovators in the Norwegian music. He is particularly interested in musical experiences linked to electronic equipments and multimedia devices, and interactive forms of arts. His ballet Katharsis (1962) was his first piece of work for orchestra on a magnetic tape.
Arne Nordheim has written many this for the dance since the 70’s and often work with the choreographer Glen Tetley. Their most famous piece is The Tempest (1978). He has shown a real partialness for the human voice in his music. The piece Aurora (1983) was created for Electric Phœnix and the cantata Wirklicher Wald which explores the conflict between a soprano and a choir, singing texts with opposite meanings; this piece received numerous prizes.
In 1988, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam ordered him Magma on ofr the celebration of its 100’s birthday. In Tokyo, the Orchestre Symphonique Metropolitain du Japon created Monolith, ordered by the Suntory Hall where the piece was created in 1991.
Franck Bedrossian’s work will be at the Format Raisins festival for this 6th edition, from the 5th to the 22th of July 2018!