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Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen has signed a publishing contract with Boosey & Hawkes.

Composer Kim André Arnesen has signed a new contract with Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers for all future works. Specialising in choral music, Arnesen has a growing reputation on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to his accessible melodic style and richly expressive vein. Latest works include the Holy Spirit Mass for choir, piano and strings, composed for the National Lutheran Choir in commemoration of 500 years since the Reformation, receiving its premiere in Washington DC on 22 October with further performances in Minneapolis and St Paul.

Kim André Arnesen comments:
"It's a great honour for me to be joining Boosey & Hawkes, the publisher of many of our most beloved classical works. I first remember Boosey & Hawkes from when I was a child, singing as a choirboy in the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. We had many scores with the B&H brandmark, so I was introduced early to some of the composers that I still admire very much, like Stanford, Britten and Bernstein. And I'm thrilled to join a publisher of so many outstanding living composers. I see this as a wonderful opportunity and look forward to our coming collaborations on new works and publications."

Janis Susskind, Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes comments:
“We are delighted to sign Kim André Arnesen to Boosey & Hawkes, as the latest addition to our growing catalogue of composers specialising in choral music. He is an outstanding example of the remarkable flowering of Nordic composing talent, and we look forward to helping create new opportunities for his music to be heard round the world.”

Born in 1980 and now resident in Oslo, Arnesen grew up in Trondheim, singing as a chorister at the Nidaros Cathedral and studying at the Music Conservatory. He composed his first works for performance by the choirs at the cathedral, the St Olaf Festival and for the award-winning TV special Christmas in Norway. His output includes a Requiem, Magnificat, anthems, carols and secular choral works.

In the USA Arnesen’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall in conjunction with DCINY, by the St Olaf Choir in Minnesota, at the Oregon Bach Festival, at The White House for president Barack Obama, and at this year's ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis. A recent album, collecting his music written as composer-in-residence for the Denver-based choral ensemble Kantorei, is released by Naxos early next year.

First publications by Kim André Arnesen under the new contract include My flame the song for chorus and piano, which can be heard on Boosey & Hawkes's recent Contemporary Choral Series sampler disc at www.boosey.com/CCSsampler. Publications scheduled for autumn release include Gift to Sing for chorus and piano and Ubi caritas et amor for a cappella chorus, with a score of the new Holy Spirit Mass planned for future publication.

For further information visit www.boosey.com/arnesen and www.kimarnesen.com.

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