In the interviews, the 13 artists and groups nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Music Prize – who represent a wide range of genres, from opera, classical and jazz to folk, house and pop – talk about their unique musical experiences, sources of inspiration, plans for the future and much more.
“Stories and voices create space in our imagination and offer a 3D experience for our ears, brain and heart,” says Else Torp from Theatre of Voices, one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles.
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Hild Borchgrevink, a musicologist, writer and former jury member for the Nordic Council Music Prize, conducted the interviews, which will be shared on a rolling basis on Facebook and YouTube from 26 October. Borchgrevink says:
“They were hugely interesting conversations. Everyone was so open and generous. Viewers will be able to discover music from every corner of the Nordic Region and really get to know these fantastic artists.”
- Jakob Kullberg (YouTube)
- Theatre of Voices (YouTube)
- Anu Komsi (YouTube)
- Verneri Pohjola (YouTube)
- Eivør Pálsdóttir (YouTube)
- Gerth W. Lyberth (YouTube)
- Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir (YouTube)
- Víkingur Ólafsson (YouTube)
- Lise Davidsen (YouTube)
- Stian Carstensen (YouTube)
- Lena Willemark (YouTube)
- Studio Barnhus (YouTube)
- Peter Hägerstrand (YouTube)
The interviews are in Scandinavian and English with subtitles.
About the Nordic Council Music Prize
First awarded in 1965, the Nordic Council Music Prize celebrates musical creativity and performance at the highest artistic level. The prize is awarded on alternate years to a piece of music by a living composer and – as in this year – to individual musicians or groups.
The winner of the 2021 Nordic Council Music Prize, together with the winners of the other Nordic Council prizes, will be announced on 2 November in Copenhagen.
Watch selected interviews here: