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24 May - 7 June 2023

Luna Composition Lab

in Norway

Past events:

​New music by, and with, young Norwegian talents.

The Bergen International Festival has committed to a multi-year initiative for young composers. The program began last year with workshops under the guidance of composers Missy Mazzoli and Therese Ulvo. 

The programme is a collaboration with the American initiative Luna Composition Lab, which Mazzoli founded together with Ellen Reid. The programme was created for young females and nonbinary and gender-non-conforming composers and the aim is to lower the threshold for pursuing a career as a composer for these persons who are underrepresented in the industry.

This spring, the young Norwegian composer, Sara Sørbye Visel, has been taught by mentor Therese Ulvo. She is writing a piece that will see its world premiere during this concert. In addition, there will be a Norwegian first performance of a piece written by a Luna Composition Lab graduate.

The music is performed by participants from another mentoring program, Classical link, which focuses on brand-new music and a broad repertoire.

During the festival, mentors, musicians and composers will meet for master classes and workshops before the concert at Kulturhuset.

Image: Therese Ulvo (photo: Knut Utler)


​Performance programme (pdf)

  • Music



​1 h


Standard: 100
Senior: 90
FiB Fordel: 70
BT Fordel: 75

Purchase ticket


    • Ariane Jebsen Alvestad violin
    • Balder Hella Mikkelsen cello
    • Amalie Stalheim cello

Music by

    • Shaw
    • Ravel
    • Bach
    • Cheng
    • Ysaÿe
    • Visel
    • Barrière
    • Dvořák
    • Caroline Shaw (1982–)
      In manus tuas for solo cello

    • Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
      Sonata for Violin and Cello
      2. Très vif

    • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
      Cello Suite no. 4, BWV 1010
      4. Sarabande
      5. Bourrée I
      6. Bourrée II

    • Madeline Clara Cheng (2004–)
      Butter and Vanilla Extract
      World premiere

    • Eugène Ysaÿe (1858–1931)
      Sonata no. 5 in G major, op. 27
      1. L’Aurore
      2. Danse Rustique

    • Sara Sørbye Visel (2003–)
      Running through (not away)
      World premiere

    • Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707–47)
      Sonata for two Cellos no. 10 in G major
      3. Allegro prestissimo

    • Antonín Dvořák (1801–1904)
      Miniature in G minor for two Violins and Cello, op. 75a
      1. Cavatina. Moderato
      2. Cappricio. Poco allegro
      Arr.: Jostein Stalheim

Supported by

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica and Talent Norge


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