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    Artist Residencies

    Pat Kop performs with Sol Gabetta part of CMS
    Eric Melzer

    Discover the work of boundary-pushing artists

    A place for new work, new ideas and new collaborations, our Artist Residencies feature pioneering artists who are pushing boundaries and breaking ground.

    We welcome new Associate Artists including pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2019, and Grammy Award-winning violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Grammy-Award winning composer Bryce Dessner; and groundbreaking ensemble Manchester Collective in their first Southbank Centre residency.

    Víkingur Ólafsson

    Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s remarkable originality and powerful musical conviction have seen him, in just a few years, take the music world by storm to become one of the most sought-after artists of today. Ólafsson is the driver behind a number of original projects, broadcasting a series on Icelandic radio; presenting his own prime time Icelandic television series called Music Bites; and creating the BBC Radio 3 series Transcribe, Transform. Always pushing boundaries, Ólafsson set up his own record label prior to signing to Deutsche Grammophon, created and presented the Icelandic television series on classical music Útúrdúr, and founded the award-winning Reykjavík Midsummer Music festival. 

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    A combination of depth, brilliance and humour, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja brings an inimitable sense of theatrics to her music. Whether performing a violin concerto by Tchaikovsky, Ligeti or Schoenberg or presenting an original staged project deconstructing Beethoven, Ustwolskaja or Cage, her distinctive approach always conveys the core of the work. Kopatchinskaja is the Artistic Partner of Camerata Bern, performing regularly with the ensemble at home and on tour. Kopatchinskaja also explores music staged through contemporary contexts, such as Dies Irae, a deconstruction of the traditional concert experience inspired by the growing climate crisis, and is also a humanitarian ambassador for Terre des hommes, the leading Swiss child relief agency.

    Bryce Dessner

    Bryce Dessner is a vital and rare force in new music. He has won Grammy Awards both as a classical composer and with the band The National, of which he is founding member, guitarist, arranger and co-principal songwriter. He is also an increasingly high-profile presence in the world of film score composition, with credits including Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning The Revenant. Dessner is in his natural element when collaborating across art forms. His colleagues include the world’s most creative and respected artists such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Alejandro González Iñarritú, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Caroline Shaw, Jonny Greenwood, Bon Iver, Justin Peck, Kelley O’Connor, Ragnar Kjartansson and Nico Muhly. 

    Manchester Collective

    Manchester Collective is a new kind of arts organisation, built for a fresh and diverse musical world. They create intimate and intense human experiences for everyone, inspired by the music that they love. Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, Manchester Collective has expanded their scope at breakneck speed since their formation in 2016. They now play in concert halls, warehouses and factory spaces across Europe and the UK, performing a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work. New music is of vital importance to the collective – in recent years, they have commissioned major works by artists including Edmund Finnis, Hannah Peel, Lyra Pramuk and Laurence Osborn. 

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