Ljubljana International Orchestra
Soloist and conductor: Knut Erik Sundquist – double bass
Concertmaster: Gregory Ahss
L. E. Larsson: Prelude to Literary-Musical Suite God in Disguise, Op. 24
G. Bottesini: Selection of pieces for double bass
C. Nielsen: A fantasy journey to the Faroe Islands
E. Grieg: Norwegian Dances, Op. 35
E. Grieg: Peer Gynt (selection)
J. Sibelius: Valse triste
Grand Hotel Union Hall, Ljubljana – 9th February 2014 at 19.30
Many a person would say a serious symphonic concert programme without the obligatory symphony is rare or even impossible. Nevertheless, we are doing exactly that in the February’s concert of the Ljubljana International Orchestra. The source of inspiration is the unconventional Norwegian double bass player Knut Erik Sundquist, who is here performing as a soloist. For him, nothing is impossible in artistic performance. With his words: “Tradition is not binding, it lacks beauty”.
The performance of music by Nordic composers Lars Erik Larsson, Carl Nielsen, Edward Grieg and Jean Sibelius are not common in Slovenia. With the exception of Grieg’s music they are moreover very rare and always a true discovery/pure revelation. These are the treasures from the North , dances, fantasy journeys, miniatures and incidental music we have prepared for the second concert of the Ljubljana International Orchestra.
The concert will be a charity concert for the benefit of the Ključ Association operating a safe house in Ljubljana, whose efforts are directed towards prevention of human trafficking. This will be organised in collaboration with the Municipality of Ljubljana.
DOUBLE BASS – Knut Erik Sundquist
One of Norway’s foremost double bass players, Knut Erik Sundquist was a member of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years and now performs regularly with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado. He has performed with such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes and the Orion String Quartet.
Mr. Sundquist also plays with the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany, a group which performs the most important contemporary music. When he is at home in Harstad in northern Norway, he is the double bass musician in the Division Music Corps there.
A former soccer player, Mr. Sundquist gave up the sport to study music, beginning his studies on a home-made double bass constructed from a tabletop and the neck of his father’s guitar. He first started playing jazz, then joined the orchestra in his hometown of Tromsø. He fondly recalls that “the Mozart Requiem awakened life in me.” He went on to study in Vienna for several years.
Mr. Sundquist’s recitals are applauded both at home in Norway and abroad. He was honored recently with the jury prize at the Northern Lights Festival, an award that recognizes his achievements throughout his musical career. He has been praised for his “sovereign control over the double bass, both musically and technically” and for coaxing elegantly clean and beautiful sounds from its strings.