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More than a medium 30. September 2018

‘My role develops through the music I am working with at any given time, and each work brings its own unique challenges with it,’ says pianist Ellen Ugelvik. In 2017 she submitted her research project on the soloist in piano concerti.

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Sympathetic strings vibrating in the Midwest 20. September 2018

Laura Ellestad originally hails from Canada, with forebears from the Norwegian district of Valdres. Her research at the Norwegian Academy of Music will culminate in a picture of the way Norwegian village dance music and circle dance music were used in the Midwest between 1900 and 1970.

Peter van Tour har lagt hodet på skrivebordet, på skrivebordet ligger det strødd seks utgaver av boken han ga ut tidligere i år, «The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala».

New initiative from olden days 01. September 2018

Peter van Tour seeks to breathe new life into today’s music theory by rediscovering teaching techniques from 18th-century Italy.

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Preparing composers for art 31. July 2018

When, as a student, Henrik Hellstenius encountered the workaday routine of a composer, he repeatedly put his foot in it and fell flat on his face. Professor Henrik Hellstenius is determined not to let this happen to his students.

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Art and commerce 04. April 2018

Entrepreneurship can be defined as spotting opportunities and doing something about them, says Tanja Orning.

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Percussion theatre - labelling who I am 11. March 2018

Percussionists are inventive and unconventional. Jennifer Torrence is no exception. But how does a woman gain a foothold in a male-dominated percussion environment?

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The sound of innovation 22. February 2018

“You can be a soloist on stage, but don’t go solo when building your musical career.” That was the key message when teachers and students from the European Creative Futures network met at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) for a seminar on entrepreneurship.

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Musical entrepreneurship 24. January 2018

Thursday 25 January will see teachers and other professionals from Norway and abroad come together at the NMH to debate how higher music education can meet labour market demands.

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Music students shadowing their role models at work 12. January 2018

The job shadowing project gives the students at the Norwegian Academy of Music an opportunity to visit a former student in her or his current job. The goal is for students to gain insight into the work situation of one of their role models and to strengthen contact between the professional field and the education community.

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CEMPE awarded centre of excellence status for five more years 12. December 2017

Following a rigorous evaluation, NOKUT has decided to renew CEMPE’s status as a centre of excellence in education for another five years.

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All good things come by threes 28. November 2017

She was three years old when she decided that she would be a violinist. Now Harpreet Bansal will spend three years studying the classical music of northern India. 

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The Sound of the Past 28. August 2017

Christina Kobb has sparked the interest of the entire world with her reconstruction of the piano technique of Vienna from the 1820s.

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Sport helps musicians become better performers 13. June 2017

A music student can spend up 7,800 hours alone in the practice room during a 5-year conservatoire course. How do they know that they are using their time wisely and not least keeping their nerves in check? Johannes Lunde Hatfield turned to sports psychology to try to find some answers.

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In search of organized time 04. April 2017

Christian Blom was tired of composing music on a computer and listening to music through loudspeakers. He is currently finishing a project where ideas about how time is organized result in subtle works in the form of performances and installations.

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Endless possibilities – in sound and music 20. December 2016

Courses in electroacoustic composition will soon be offered at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The internationally renowned composer Natasha Barrett is developing a field that will differ substantially from traditional composition programmes.

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Kaija Saariaho – The Academy’s new visiting professor 06. September 2016

– My work is solitary. I rarely share thoughts about it with others. So I enjoy meeting young colleagues and hearing their ideas and plans, and maybe help and guide them if I can.

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Scenes from a start of term 26. August 2016

Finally the day is here! New students discover their Academy-life.

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A precious partnership 01. July 2016

The Norwegian Academy of Music and Dextra Musica are broadening their collaboration. The foundation allows the Academy to add new quality string instruments to its collection.

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The questions complement the art 22. June 2016

My research is rooted in my experience as a performer but also in my reflections on what this experience means.

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Black metal – rebellion, panic and acceptance 14. June 2016

“Black metal can tell us a great deal about what it means to be Norwegian and what music can mean for solidarity and expressions of differentness in society. I think we’d be unwise to ignore its history.”

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– An unusual talent 19. April 2016

Young, Israeli conductor Yuval Weinberg chose to come to Norway to be able to study under Grete Pedersen. She has been a professor of choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music for twenty years. She is artistic director for the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and regularly acts as guest conductor internationally.

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Tracing the traditional 06. April 2016

At the end of 2015 pianist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus released the recording Slåttepiano, presenting piano versions of traditional Hardanger fiddle tunes. This is the third recording she has made as part of her doctoral research project, and it marks the completion of the artistic portion of the project.

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Introducing Indian music 01. April 2016

Guru Sudeshna Battacharya has taken up residence in Norway. Students at the Norwegian Academy of Music can now take courses in classical Indian music to meet the demand for improvisation skills.

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The ear “calls the tune” 18. March 2016

Imagine that we had to talk about paintings without saying the names of the colours. Yet we do talk about music without putting a name to the sounds we hear. Lasse Thoresen wants to give us words for talking about sounds.

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– If I don't get in? I'll try again next year 16. March 2016

Auditions at the Norwegian Academy of Music are no joke. Meet some of the applicants.

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Tenacious, but taciturn 07. March 2016

Guitarist Ivar Grydeland opposes most labels one wishes to place on him. Perhaps this is the driving force behind his unique research project?

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Preserving church music 25. February 2016

The Church music programme at the Norwegian Academy of Music has places available. The Church of Norway has vacant positions for church musicians. How do we ensure further recruitment?

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Born to play the fiddle 23. February 2016

Fiddle player Andreas Bjørkås was born into a folk music family. He started playing at the age of 6 or 7. Now he shares his experience and knowledge with the students of Nordic folk music at The Norwegian Academy of Music.

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CEMPE to become a national and international spearhead of music education 27. November 2015

New CEMPE director calls for change of direction in music education while retaining the best of the old traditions.

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New Master Programme for Composing Artists 11. December 2013

The Norwegian Academy of Music is part of a new Nordic collaboration that offers a special Master’s Degree Programme for composing musicians.

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The Norwegian Academy of Music is Awarded Centre of Excellence 08. November 2013

The Norwegian Academy of Music has been selected among 24 candidates for the prestigious program, Centre Excellence in Education. The jury found that the Norwegian Academy of Music offers the most excellent and innovative higher music education available in Norway. The award establishes the new Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

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The Lindeman Prize to Terje Tønnesen and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra 26. September 2013

This year's Lindeman Prize has been awarded to violinist Terje Tønnesen and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. The prize of 150 000 Norwegian kroner is divided between winners.

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Bidding for a Centre of Excellence in Education - We are in the final round! 14. August 2013

The Norwegian Academy of Music is one of 8 finalists chosen among 24 host institution applicants to the national programme for Centres of Excellence in Education.