Ansgar Beste

Ansgar Beste Photo credit: Beate Heidecke

Composer Ansgar Beste, born 1981 in Malmö / Sweden, studied composition at 7 music academies in 4 countries, with Michael Obst, Luca Francesconi, Adriana Hölszky, Wolfgang Rihm, Hanspeter Kyburz and Beat Furrer.

His music has been programmed/played in 18 countries, by 17 radio stations and at 32 festivals like Venice Biennale (Ita) 2009, ECLAT Stuttgart (Ger) 2011 / 2016, Darmstadt Summer Course (Ger) 2012 / 2016, Donaueschingen Festival (Ger) 2012, Nordic Music Days (Fin/Isl) 2013 / 2016, Wien Modern (Aut) 2013, ISCM World (New) Music Days (Aut Slo) 2013 / 2015, MATA New York (USA) 2014, Lucerne Festival (Sui) 2015, Ultima Oslo (Nor) 2015, Borealis Bergen (Nor) 2016, Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Ned) 2016.

His commissioners include prominent ensembles, both at home and abroad.

He has been awarded several major international prizes, such as the Stuttgart Composition Prize 2010 and the Delz Prize 2015, in addition to scholarships/grants from Villa Concordia Bamberg 2011 (Ger), Darmstadt Summer Course 2012 (Ger), Künstlerhaus Lukas Ahrenshoop 2012 (Ger), Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (Ger) 2013 / 2015 / 2016, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart 2015 (Ger) and Künstlerdorf Schöppingen 2015 (Ger).

Ansgar Beste’s three main concerns in composing are: innovative sounds, structure and theatricality. He is focusing his musical material on complex sounds and noise elements produced on conventional musical instruments in an unconventional, purely acoustic (non-electronic) way: By de-familiarizing the instruments’ familiar sound world with a wide array of extended playing and vocal techniques and newly discovered preparations, he likes to play with the listeners’ expectation, perception, experience and comprehension.

At Nordic Music Days 2017 Beste's work "In the steppes of Sápmi" will be performed by Exaudi, and the piece is also the title work of the concert on 29 September, at 1:00 PM. 

I love the Nordic Music Days, first of all, because this is one of few international festivals with an open call, where I can apply to participate as a (Nordic) composer. Furthermore, Nordic Music Days is a nice platform to meet composers, musicians and other cultural workers from other Nordic Countries.
Nordic Music Days 2017 in London is something very special: For a young composer, it can be difficult to get a foot into the musical life of another country. However, at Nordic Music Days 2017, I will have the unique opportunity to get my music performed by an English top ensemble at a top venue in England – it's fantastic! / Ansgar Beste