The oeuvres of Witold Lutosławski and Arne Nordheim are of the utmost significance for the musical culture of Poland and Norway respectively. Among the most outstanding composers of the twentieth century, they both raised the contemporary music of their country to a global level. Interestingly, Lutosławski and Nordheim were friends. They met most often in Oslo. Nordheim lived there nearly all his life; in the case of Lutosławski, as an adult the Norwegian capital became, after Warsaw, a home away from home for him and his loved ones. Thus Oslo symbolically became a place where the great contemporary cultures of Poland and Norway met.
On May 4 in the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw is holding an international musicological conference entitled “Cultural heritage and dialogue. Lutosławski – Nordheim.” Some of the presenters include: Marcin Bogusławski, Grzegorz Michalski and Eva Maria Jensen. The conference is a central event in the “Between identity and a community of cultures: from Chopin and Tellefsen to the twenty-first century” project—a multi-year series of symposia and concerts made possible through the collaboration of several important cultural institutions in Poland and Norway, and with financial support from the European Economic Area.
Monday, May 4, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Conference: “Cultural heritage and dialogue. Lutosławski – Nordheim”
Norwegian Academy of Music, Levin Hall
Slemdalsveien 11, Oslo, Norway
Conference schedule: nmh.no