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Ellen Ugelvik

The Norwegian Academy of Music


Contributes to: Seminar 3

Ellen Ugelvik concentrates on developing and performing new works in cooperation with contemporary composers. Ugelvik works as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, USA and Asia. She has been invited to festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Tasten – Berliner Klaviertage, Huddersfield contemporary music festival, Ultraschall, Tzlil Meudcan, Gaudeamus, Kammer Klang, Musikhøst, Rainy Days, ECLAT, De Suite Muziekweek, Angelica Festival, Kwadrofonik Festival, Nordic Music Days, Musik der Jahrhunderte; Südseite Nachts, Monday Evening Concerts, Risør festival of chamber music, Ultima contemporary music festival, Borealis, Happy Days and Ilios. She collaborates with composers like Helmut Lachenmann, Carola Bauckholt, George Crumb, Simon Steen-Andersen, Mathias Spahlinger, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Michael Finnissy, Clemens Gadenstätter, Dai Fujikura, Kristine Tjøgersen, Therese Birkelund Ulvo, Trond Reinholdtsen, Christian Blom, Bente Leiknes Thorsen and Øyvind Torvund. Her commitment to contemporary music is widely recognised. She was acclaimed 'Performer of the year 2016' by The Norwegian Society of Composers. She is a member of the ensembles asamisimasa, Jagerflygel and Polygon. Her first solo album "Makrokosmos" was rewarded with the Norwegian Grammy. She also won two Norwegian Grammies with her ensemble asamisimasa for the albums ”Pretty sound” with music by Simon Steen-Andersen and "asamisimasa plays the music by Øyvind Torvund". A new CD is recently released with the piano concerto Just for You by Jan Erik Mikalsen with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen. Ellen Ugelvik is employed as a researcher at the NordART center for Artistic Research at the Norwegian Academy of Music besides her work as a freelance pianist (photo Erika Hebbert).