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Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen

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Born: 1969

Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen trained as a cellist and composer at the Royal Danish
Academy of Music in Århus, studying composition with Poul Ruders, Karl Aage Rasmussen, Olav Anton Thommesen, Henryk Gorecki in Poland and Bent Sørensen. In 1997 he was awarded the Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year working grant. In recent years Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen has become a particularly sought-after composer, and he works with many prominent Danish and foreign ensembles including WDR Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the Århus Symphony Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, The Danish National Opera, Quartetto di Cremona, Henschel Quartet, Pellegrini Quartet, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Århus Sinfonietta, PLEX (formerly The Other Opera), Rolf Hind, Thomas Hell and The Danish String Quartet. His music has been performed in Denmark, Germany, England, France, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Chile, Russia, Finland and the United States. He was a co-founder and until 2007 director of the SPOR festival in Århus. 2012, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen was awarded the Carl Nielsen Prize, which is the largest artistic prize for a Danish artist. In 2013 he received the prize for Musical Drama from The Danish State's Art Foundation for the opera "The Picture of Dorian Gray", The Haakon Børresen Grant 2013, the Laurens Bogtman Foundation's Prize of Honour and The Danish Composer's Union's Grant 2013.

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