Jakob Kullberg and Theatre of Voices nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2021
Cellist Jakob Kullberg and the vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices are among the nominees for this year's Nordic Council Music Prize. Dacapo wishes congratulations and looks forward to two new releases with both nominees ind the year to come.
The Nordic Council Music Prize was first awarded in 1965 and recognises the creation and performance of music of a high artistic standard. Among this year's nominees are the cellist Jakob Kullberg and the vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices. Dacapo Records has the pleasure of collaborating with both nominees on two new releases in the year to come.
Experience Jakob Kullberg in Niels Rønsholdt's cello concerto
Jakob Kullberg (b. 1976) is renowned in Denmark and internationally for his performances and premieres of modern cello concertos and chamber music. He is acclaimed for his warm, beautiful sound, his wide range of expression and his characteristically exploratory approach to the music.
Kullberg has enjoyed close collaborations with the composers Per Nørgård, Kaija Saariaho, Kasper Rofelt and most recently Niels Rønsholdt.The collaboration with Rønsholdt resulted in the premiere performance of the cello concerto Country with the Polish New Music Orchestra in 2017. Country is composed for Kullberg who can be heard as both a singing and improvising performer in the work. One can also experience Kullberg's extraordinary ability to play the cello ‘alla chitarra’ – like a guitar.
Country will be released on Dacapo Records in the fall of 2021, at the same time as another release with music by Niels Rønsholdt, that is the piano work Archive of Emotions and Experiences, recorded by the Greek pianist Lenio Liatsou.
New upcoming release with Theatre of Voices
Theatre of Voices is considered to be one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, known for their formidable artistic and technical prowess, expressed through a repertoire that focuses on both early polyphony and contemporary music. Theatre of Voices was founded in 1990 by Paul Hillier and consists of soprano Else Torp, mezzo soprano Signe Asmussen, tenor paul Bentley-Angell and bass barytone Jakob Bloch Jespersen.
Theatre of Voices has released a number of recordings on Dacapo Records including early music by Dietrich Buxtehude and newly written works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.
In 2022 one can look forward to a new release with Theatre of Voices, presenting a capella works by the Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen.
The winner of the Nordic Council Music Prize 2021 will be announced on 2 November in Copenhagen.