Month: March 2016

CV in English

PROFILE 

The experimental violinist George Kentros studied at Yale University and the Mannes School of Music in the US as well as at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. He has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, and sometime actor across Europe as well as in North and Central America, Japan, and Oceania, primarily with the new music ensemble “the peärls before swïne experience” and the electronic duo “there are no more four seasons”. He has specialized in the newest of art music, and has to date commissioned more than 200 works from composers from 21 countries, receiving prizes in contemporary interpretation from the Society of Swedish Composers, Edition Reimers, and The Nordic Composer Council. He also founded the avantgarde art club SEKT, which was a pioneer in the realm of genre crossing alternative art expressions, and has since been on the boards of various arts political societies as well as the festival Sound of Stockholm and the International Society of Contemporary Music. In 2004 he was named one of Sweden’s 24 ”Arts idols” by the afternoon paper Expressen. 

During the past few years, he has enjoyed a 5 year grant from the Swedish Artist Council and been a research fellow at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm (Mejan), where he developed the project ”This violin must die”, a lecture performance in which a violin is destroyed onstage and the resulting sounds are treated and played back over 40 minutes. Apart from giving master classes and lectures at schools from Sweden to Japan and New Zealand, he has also been a teacher of ”Contemporary musical practice” at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm as part of the Copeco program, a European Union masters program for composer-performers. In 2018 he was elected to the presidential council of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM), a position he still holds. In his capacity of chairperson for the Swedish section of ISCM, he is also the publisher of the periodical Nutida Musik. 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

1985: Jonathan Edwards Travel Stipend, Yale University

1986: The Swedish-American Foundation

1988: Royal Academy of Music

1989: Honorable Mention, Cremona string quartet competition

1995-2013: Swedish artist’s council stipends

2003: The Crystal Prize

2005: The Society of Swedish composers Interpreter’s prize

2010: The Nordic Composers Society great prize

2015: 5-year stipend from the Swedish Artist’s Council

Selected projects since 2003:

1999-: producer/director of club SEKT, Nalen/Bio Rio/Kulturhuset

2003-2005: 4 hourlong comedy programs for the Swedish Radio classical station: script,

direction and musical work

2005: Hourlong concert on SVT2: script, idea, musician

2006: Kunderavariasjoner, Norwegian play with Fakta Morgana

2008-2011 : Frilansteatern, several children’s musical plays across Sweden

2011: ”Evilution”, Norwegian play with Fakta Morgana, actor/musician

2012-13: ”Vitula physicata”, sound installation with English sound artist Kaffe Matthews

2018: musical transcriptions for “The Magic Of… vinyl- terror- and- horror”, det frie, Copenhagen

2019: “This violin must die”, lecture performance

ENSEMBLES

1994-: the peärls before swïne experience (Pärlor för svin)

2004-: there are no more four seasons

2014-: reBell

2018-: GAHLMM

DISCOGRAPHY

1990: Ferro String Quartet, “Dag Wirén Quartet nr. 5,” Caprice CAP 21413

1998: “the peärls before swïne experience,” Caprice CAP 21587

1998: The Forge Players, “flow my teares,” Warner/Atrium 3984-22109-2

2003: CD with the pearls before swine experience, “Swïne Live!” Caprice CAP 21715

2004: “Lost Signals and Satellites” av Annie Gosfield, verk för soloviolin, Tzadik Records

2005: Sten Hanson CD “More CannedPorridge”, Firework Edition Records

2008: there are no more four seasons, SEKTCD001

2010 : the peärls before swïne experience ”Debris reassembled”, Phono suecia PSCD 183

2012: ”Cranks and cactus Needles”, Annie Gosfield, Tzadik records

2013: Lost signals and drifting satellites, Annie Gosfield, Tzadik records

2013: re:biber, (with there are no more four seasons), SEKTCD004

2018: reBell, “Så som det alltid har varit har det aldrig varit”, SEKTLP001

EDUCATION

1981-82: Alabama School of Fine Arts

1982-86: Yale University, fil. kand. engelska

1985: Mannes School of Music, New York City

1986-91: Musikhögskolan i Stockholm

2017-19: Artistic researcher at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Chairman, Föreningen Musikcentrum, 2004-2012

Vice chairman, Sound of Stockholm festival, 2012-2017

Chairman, Swedish section ISCM, 2010-

Producer, club SEKT, 1999-

Publisher, periodical Nutida Musik, 2010-

Member of the Executive Committee, International Society of Contemporary Music, 2018-