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Andrew Norman’s Play receives European premiere at Musica Nova Helsinki

Andrew Norman’s Play for orchestra has been added to the opening concert of this year’s Musica Nova Helsinki festival on 1 February. The performance, given by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and André de Ridder, will be the European premiere of the complete version of the work.

Play was recently named the winner of the prestigious 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2013 and recorded on the orchestra’s own label, the piece has also been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, and critic and musicologist William Robin said it “might be the best orchestral work that the twenty-first century has seen thus far.” In October, the Los Angeles Philharmonic gave the premiere performance of Play in its revised form, having previously toured the work’s first section Play Level 1 internationally.

André de Ridder, this year’s artistic director of the Musica Nova festival, writes: “Andrew Norman already belongs to the most prolific composers working today, and his style is best described as breathtakingly exuberant and maverick. I’m proud to present the European premiere of Play at Musica nova.”