Knut Erik Jensen returns to the US with “Nordic Elegance”

Pianist Knut Erik Jensen.

Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen is touring the US playing music by Norwegian composers from the past two centuries.

This fall, Knut Erik Jensen returns to the US again with his new program “Nordic Elegance”, presenting works by the Norwegian composers Geir Tveitt, Harald Sæverud, David Monrad Johansen and Edvard Grieg. These composers played an active part in bringing forth and preserving the traditional Norwegian folk music by unifying the past traditions and the present classical music.

Knut Erik Jensen combines the musical performance with information about the music and its meaning, providing the audience with a deeper understanding of the compositions and their historical context.  Jensen has a rich background from various styles and instruments, but his main focus has been the accordion. He is a much sought after accompanist, especially for singers and opera.

In 2007, he toured the US and Canada where he played around 40 concerts for Scandinavian communities. This included performances at the Norsk Høstfest in Minot, where he also performed the Grieg A minor concerto with the Minot Symphony Orchestra.

He has recorded two CDs with Norwegian piano music: “Edvard Grieg – Anniversary Collection” and “Nordic Elegance”, which presents Norwegian piano music after Grieg.

For more information on the concerts, visit Knuterikjensen.com

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