Kim André Arnesen

Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980) is one of the most frequently performed classical composers from Norway today. He grew up in Trondheim and started at the music school at the age of 6 playing the piano. At the age of 10 he started singing in the Nidaros Cathedral Boys´Choir.

He was later educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim. As a composer he had his first performance in 1999 with the boys´ choir. Since then he has written music that has been performed by choirs all around the world. Arnesen is an elected member of the Norwegian Society of Composers.

In 2010, his first large scale work, the Magnificat were commissioned and premiered by the Nidaros Cathedral girls´ choir. The premier got an overwhelming feedback leading to several new commissions. The work was released by 2L in 2014 and the album has received excellent reviews in Gramophone, Choir & Organ and other classical magazines.

In 2011 his choral piece Even when He is silent had its premiere during the St. Olav Festival (Olavsfestdagene) in Trondheim. The piece was commissioned by the festival and has since its premier been performed many times around the world, around 200 times.

In 2013 Even when He is silent and Cradle Hymn were released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray on the "Christmas in Norway" with St. Olaf Choir and Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir. The show aired on TV in the U. S. and Norway. Cradle Hymn was the bestseller among Santa Barbara Music Publishing´s Christmas music in 2014.

In April 2014 his Requiem was premiered by the Nidaros Cathedral Boy’s Choir, and the work had it´s US premier in April 2015 in West Viriginia. The work will get its New York City Premiere at Carnegie Hall in January 2017.

Arnesen is the Composer-in-residence for the Denver based choral ensemble Kantorei and Artistic Director Joel Rinsema in their 2015/16 Season, which will end with a CD recording in May 2016. On July 28th the new large scale work "The Wound in the Water" was premiered during the St. Olaf Festival in Trondheim, with Conspirare and conductor Craig Hella Johnson, British star soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, and TrondheimSolistene.

The National Lutheran Choir has commissioned a new major work to be premiered in 2017. Several new commissioned anthem length pieces will also be premiered throughout 2016 and 2017.