MUSIC: Swedish Leading Composer Anders Hillborg at Phillips Collection DC

On March 9, Swedish leading composer Anders Hillborg with Calder Quartet, Moran Katz, Axiom Brass, and Amy Yang will give a concert at the Phillips Collection in DC.

About the Artist:
Anders Hillborg (b.1954) studied counterpoint, composition, and electronic music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm between 1976 and 1982. His teachers included Gunnar Bucht, Lars-Erik Rosell, Arne Mellnäs, and Pär Lindgren. Brian Ferneyhough, who was a guest lecturer on several occasions, was also an important inspiration. Since graduation, Hillborg has worked as a full-time composer, with a significant output for orchestra (with and without soloists) and chamber music, as well as his early choral work Mouyayoum.

Hillborg is a regular collaborator with conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, who has described Hillborg’s music as exploring tensions and contrasts: “the static and the hyperactive, the mechanical and the human, the nobly beautiful and the banally brutal, the comic and the moving. Almost never sentimental, but surreal in a way—like Dalí’s melting watches. And when something familiar does return, it is . . . distorted so far from its original guise that it becomes something quite different.”

Hillborg’s major works include a Violin Concerto, Dreaming River for orchestra, Cold Heat—first performed by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by David Zinman—and the vocal/orchestral work Sirens, dedicated to Salonen and first performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale with soloists including Anne Sofie von Otter. At Carnegie Hall in 2013, Renée Fleming gave the premiere of Hillborg’s song-cycle The Strand Settings, based on poems by Mark Strand, with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert. Anthony Tommasini wrote in The New York Times that the music was “at once atmospheric, elegiac, and unsettling,” adding that this was music that “keeps its secrets to itself and makes you want to hear it again to figure out more.” For more information visit:

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Held in partnership with: Phillips Collection and Swedish Arts Council.