Bent Sørensen is a Danish composer with works in various genres such as chamber music, orchestral music, solo compositions and opera. He has worked with most of the world's leading musicians, ensembles and orchestras in today's music life and at the same time been teaching both in Copenhagen and as a guest teacher internationally - as well as in Malmö!
We welcome Bent to us and have taken the opportunity to ask some questions to get to know him better:
What distinguishes you as a teacher in composition?
-Others can probably answer that better than I; but I think I am good at listening to the individual composer's voice and lift it.
How do you hope to contribute to the teaching of composition here in Malmö?
-I hope that I can inspire the individual composer to find the magic in his or her own music, and I hope that I can help to create a class of composers who can inspire each other and create their own generation with both artistic and social focus.
How has your contact with Malmö Academy of Music looked over the years?
- As a teacher, I came here for the first time in 1991, when I taught for a year as a substitute for Hans Gefors. Since then I have been teaching regularly at the Academy - most recently in January this year.
Do you have any connection to research?
-In the composition process there is in itself a research; but I have also worked with and written texts on inspiration and the artistic process of creation. The latter is scheduled for a book on the subject.
Which composer(s) are you yourself inspired by?
-There are so many - no one mentioned no one forgotten, as one say.
Orchestras that have performed Bent Sørensen's music include the New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (portrait concert), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra .He has also composed works for musicians like Leif Ove Andsnes, Martin Fröst and Tine Thing Helseth and he has been a composer in residence at several festivals.