18. April 2019
Mathias Halvorsen (born 1988) lives Reykjavik with his family. He performs regularly in lots of weird places, doing anything from chamber music and solo concerts to composition and projects conceptualising classical repertoire. From 2018 to 2020 Mathias was a member of the german fellowship program BeBeethoven. An overview over current projects can be found at www.mathiashalvorsen.com
He studied with prof. Jiri Hlinka (2006-2010) in Oslo and with prof. Gerald Fauth (2011 – 2013) in Leipzig. In 2008 he founded the Podium festival in Haugesund together with Guro Pettersen. The festival was held for the 12th time in 2019. In 2009 he discovered the manuscript of piano concerto no. 5 by the Norwegian composer Halfdan Cleve at the National Library in Oslo and performed it with the Lithuania State Symphony and conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius. Since 2010 he has been performing concerts in complete darkness as a founding member of the critically acclaimed trio LightsOut. In 2020 her performed Ravel piano concerto with JEB orchestra and Miguel Perez Inesta in Berliener Philharmonie. In 2022 he is recording concertos for left hand by Korngold and Ravel with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Since April 2019 he is touring with violinist Mathieu van Bellen in a new production of La Boheme, featuring only violin, piano and subtitles. The arrangement was made by the musicians themselves, combining the parts of the soloists, the choir(s), and the orchestra in a giant, uncut version of the opera for only two players. His latest solo project is a multi- release recording of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier on prepared pianos. The first instalment was released on Backlash Music November 2018 as “The Well-Prepared Piano, vol. 1”. Another Bach album On Goldberg Variations (with Jan Martin Gismervik) was released in 2020, with the second instalment On Palestrina coming in 2021.
Mathias appears regularly alongside Peaches in the duo show Peaches Christ Superstar. This production has visited many festivals such as Theater der Welt in Mannheim and Yoko Ono’s Meltdown in London. He has also done several dance and theatre pieces with director and choreographer Laurent Chetouane. One of these, the comedy ‚Den Stundesløse‘ featured Mathias‘ acting debut at the National Theatre in Oslo, Norway.
Mathias has recently been heard at Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Brighton Festival, Mofo (Tazmania), Yoko Onos Meltdown (London), Everybody’s Spectacular
(Reykjavik), Oranjiewoud Festival (Nederland) and Portland Chamber Music Festival. He has also performed at Philharmonie de Paris, Nikolaisaal (Potsdam), Münchner Kammerspiele, Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre) and Kampnagel (Hamburg).
In 2017 Mathias premiered his first opera Dracula, commissioned and performed by the Haugesund Chamber Opera. Other pieces like the The Square and The Transfigurator 3000 have been the basis for several youth projects, as their use of alternative notation systems like movement and wooden cubes enable the audience themselves to compose in real time.