Anne Sophie ANDERSEN: “Lebhaft” for two violins (2018)

(Commissioned by violinist Patrick T.S. Yim and premiered by violinists Patrick T.S. Yim and Anne Sophie Andersen)


October 12, 2018 performed by violinists Patrick T.S. Yim and Anne Sophie Andersen at Recital Hall at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. (World Premiere Performance). Commission supported by S.C. Van Fonden (Denmark).

About Anne Sophie ANDERSEN

Both an accomplished violinist and composer, Anne Sophie Andersen is an unusually diverse artist seeking to explore music from a variety of angles. Her compositions range from orchestral and ensemble works to works for solo instruments and with live electronics. She has written, performed and lectured on works by Schubert, Carter and Grisey and was a speaker at the 2015 TEDxSBU conference.

One of Ms. Andersen’s greatest passions is performing and promoting works by living composers, and she has collaborated with several composers in the US as well as her native region of Scandinavia. She also enjoys exploring the worlds of jazz and improvisation and performed as a soloist with the Stony Brook University big band in 2013, collaborating with artists such as Ray Anderson.

Anne Sophie Andersen is the board leader and a faculty member of the festival “New Music for Strings” which celebrated its opening season in August 2016. A biannual event in Ms Andersen’s native city of Aarhus, Denmark, the festival is centered around the creation of new music for strings. Among the faculty are members of the Emerson Quartet as well as internationally recognized Scandinavian artists.

As a chamber musician, Anne Sophie Andersen has worked with members of many of the world’s most outstanding ensembles, such as the Cleveland Quartet, the Alban Berg quartet and, most importantly, the Emerson Quartet whose members she collaborates with frequently. She is the founder of Stony Brook Chamber Ensemble (now Three Village Chamber Players), a Long Island based chamber music outreach group. She has served as an assistant concertmaster of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and undergraduate instructor at Stony Brook University and as faculty at Adelphi University.

Ms. Andersen was ranked second in New England Conservatory’s 2010 Mozart concerto competition In 2009, she was a semifinalist of the all-instrument competition ‘Ljunggrenska Tävlingen’ in Sweden and in 2008, she was ranked first in the national stipend competition of the Swedish conservatories. She has appeared as a soloist with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the symphony of the Royal Academy, Aarhus, the Malmö New Chamber Orchestra and the Øresund Chamber Orchestra and recorded for the Swedish label CY contemporary.

Anne Sophie Andersen was a fellow of the 2016 Concert as Theatre program at the Banff Cantre and a laureate of the 2015 Future Music Lab at Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA). Past festivals include the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop and Vermont residency, Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland), Carl Flesch Academy (Germany), Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden), International Mozarteum Summer Academy (Austria) and Stony Brook University Chamber Music Festival.

Ms. Andersen has performed in masterclasses for artists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Maxim Vengerov, Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Nikolai Znaider, Midori Goto, Gerhard Schulz and Liviu Prunaru.

Anne Sophie Andersen holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in violin and the Master of Arts degree in composition from Stony Brook University (NY), where she studied with prof. Philip Setzer (Emerson Quartet), prof. Peter Winkler (composition) and prof. Daniel Weymouth (composition). Ms Andersen also holds a Graduate Diploma in violin performance from New England Conservatory (2011), a soloist Diploma in violin performance from Malmo Academy of Music (Sweden, 2009) and a Masters in violin performance from Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus (Denmark, 2005). Past teachers include Masuko Ushioda, Terje Moe Hansen and Marta Libalova.