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Christian Eggen

Conductor, composer, and pianist Christian Eggen (b. 1957) is one of the most influential figures on the Norwegian music scene. His field of expertise ranges from contemporary music via genre-merging projects, installations, television and radio drama productions to film, theatre, jazz, opera, and classical music.
  As a conductor, he is known as one of Europe’s finest interpreters of contemporary music and has worked closely with composers such as Morton Feldman, John Cage, and Helmut Lachenmann. As a conductor of the Ny Musikk Ensemble, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and later as permanent conductor and artistic director of Cikada and Oslo Sinfonietta, he has developed Norwegian sinfonietta repertoire since the early eighties and regularly appears on the European contemporary music scene with groups such as the Ensemble MusikFabrik and Ensemble InterContemporain. He has worked with many orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, and the Royal Philharmonic in London.
  He has written music for a vast range of formations and settings. His first opera, Franz Kafka Pictures, received its complete world premiere at the Norwegian National Opera in the autumn of 2013. Sections of the opera have been performed since 2009. As a pianist, Eggen is internationally renowned for his interpretations of Mozart and Carl Nielsen, the latter presented on the recording Carl Nielsen: Piano Music on the Victoria label.
            Christian Eggen has collaborated on a multitude of recordings within all aspects of his faceted musical career. He was the Festival Artist of the Year at the Bergen International Festival in 2007 and was appointed Commander of The Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav for his contribution to contemporary music in Norway and abroad.

Featured on

Klaus Lang, Rolf Wallin, Richard Barrett
Cikada Live - Huddersfield / Donaueschingen
Åsmund Feidje
Åsmund Feidje: Chamber Works
Åsmund Feidje
Nils Henrik Asheim
NyNorsk Messingkvintett
Nils Henrik Asheim, Johan Harstad
Grader av hvitt / Degrees of White
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Kurt Weill, Marcus Paus, Charles Ives
Portraying Passion
Tora Augestad
Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann
Chopin & Schumann
Sveinung Bjelland
Bjørn Kruse
Chronotope: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Bjørn Kruse, Fredrik Fors, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Henrik Hellstenius
Ophelias: Death by Water Singing
Elisabeth Holmertz
Eivind Buene
Into the Void
POING / The Norwegian Wind Ensemble / Christian Eggen