Accordionist Frode Haltli performs on 25 April at East London's Wapping Power Station, a unique venue transformed from an abandoned hydraulic station to a lively art space and restaurant.
As part of spnm’s Hindsight series, curated by Rolf Hind, four of the world’s most exciting solo performers stretch their instruments to the limits and fill the amazing space with new acoustic and electronic sounds. The programmes include new music by international composers and works written especially for the events by the UK’s best up-and-coming composers from the spnm shortlist. His programme at Wapping contrasts the intimate, eccentric and theatrical qualities in works by Helmut Oehring and Claudia Molitor with Magnar Åm’s tranquil, soaring textures and Magnus Lindberg’s tour de force, Jeux d'anches, which will reverberate dramatically around Wapping’s cavernous space.
Frode Haltli (b. 1975) studied accordion at The Norwegian State Academy of Musicfrom 1994 and at The Royal Danish Concervatory of Music where he ended his studies in 2000. He was awarded the "Young Soloist of the Year 2001" title by the Norwegian Concert Institute at the Bergen International Festival 2000. His debut CD "Looking on Darkness" (ECM New Series) recieved ”Spellemannprisen” (the Norwegian Grammy) for best contemporary music album, and it has recieved numerous very good reviews by international music critics. In 2004 Frode recieved the French ”Prix Gus Viseur”, also for the CD ”Looking on Darkness”.
At the age of 7 he started to play the accordion and the next few years Frode won many national competitions and recieved several scholarships and legacies. He was awarded first prize by the professional jury in the televised finals of The Norwegian State Broadcasting's "Talentiaden 1991". He has also received prizes at a number of international competitions. In 1999 he won a second prize in the prestigious International Gaudeamus Intepreters Competition in the Netherlands.
Frode currently lives in Oslo but he is touring a lot abroad, and has played as a soloist at concerts and festivals in Europe, Russia, America and Asia. He has performed as a soloist with major orchestras, but is also actively working with chamber music: At present it is the trio POING which occupies much of his time. The trio which includes Rolf-Erik Nystrøm on the saxophone and Håkon Thelin on the double bass mainly performes contemporary music. Frode also plays and records with Trygve Seim (ECM) and Norwegian folk music in RUSK with folk singer Unni Løvlid and fiddler Vegar Vårdal.
Frode Haltli, Accordionist