A performance by the Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss, with guest soloist Peter Herresthal, violin.
Hi – Ophelia! (2006, North American Premiere) Henrik Hellstenius
Invocation (Blessing the Boat) (2018) Xue Ju
Graal théâtre (1994) Kaija Saariaho
Peter Herresthal, violin
Peter Herresthal is recognized as a brilliant and inspired interpreter of contemporary violin music, strongly associated both in concert and recordings with concertos by composers including Per Nørgård, Arne Nordheim, Henri Dutilleux, Thomas Adès, Olav Anton Thommessen, Henrik Hellstenius, and Jon Øivind Ness. Herresthal has appeared with orchestras and ensembles including the Vienna Radio Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Remix Ensemble, Tapiola Chamber Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Helsingborg Symphony, Oslo Sinfonietta, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, and Bit20, with conductors including Andrew Manze, Thomas Adès, Anu Tali, and Sakari Oramo.
Herresthal has given the Austrian, Norwegian, Spanish, and Australian premieres of the Thomas Adès violin concerto Concentric Paths, the latter conducted by the composer at the 2010 Melbourne Festival. Festival appearances have included the Bergen Festival (where Herresthal currently curates an annual series), Risor Chamber Music Festival, MAGMA2002 Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mechelburg-Vorpommern.
Herresthal has recorded a number of CDs for BIS and Simax/Aurora including prize-winning discs of Nordheim and Ness. His 2012 Nørgård CD was nominated for a Gramophone Award and Editors Choice in The Strad and International Record Review. In 2013/14 Herresthal recorded the violin concerto by Thomas Adès and premiered Adès’ new cadenza for the Ligeti concerto with conductor Andrew Manze.
Herresthal is a professor at the Oslo Academy and visiting professor at Royal College of Music in London. He performs on a GB Guadagnini from Milan 1753.