'Your own voice must be in charge': Creating an improvised violin concerto

Tilde Døssing Tornbjerg2

Can a new work encourage young, classically trained string players to lose their fear of improvisation and find their individual voice? Violinist Christina Åstrand and composer Signe Lykke explain the concept to Andrew Mellor

Two years ago, Christina Åstrand, first concertmaster of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO), got a call from the composer Signe Lykke. The two were acquaintances: Åstrand had played a solo piece by Lykke; Lykke was aware of Åstrand from her central position in Danish musical life (‘I knew her as the silver-haired woman who sits at the front of the radio orchestra’)…

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