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Karsten Fundal

Born: 1966

Nationality: Danish

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Photo © Marianne Grøndahl


For Karsten Fundal, no single style of music is preferable to another; he is interested in the fundamental concept of music which can result in almost anything in stylistic terms. The crucial point for him is for the composer to remain true to his ideas.

Fundal was born in 1966 in Valby, Denmark, and studied composition with Hans Abrahamsen, Ib Nørholm, Per Nørgård and Karl Aage Rasmussen. He went on to study for two years in Holland with Louis Andriessen. A meeting with Nigel Osborne and most significantly with Morton Feldman  at Dartington in 1986 had a great impact on Fundal’s compositional development.

His main works include mostly chamber music and orchestra pieces, among them the breakthrough Ballad (1988) and the classicist piano concerto Liquid Motion (1993). Among larger works are the concert for percussion, Ritornelli in contrario (1997), the grand orchestral pieces Hush (2003-2004) and Entropia (1997-2001) – the latter a portrayal of the creation of the universe – and the orchestral installation Liquid Rooms (2013).

Besides his works for the concert hall, Fundal has written and arranged music for several Danish and international movies, for instance Flame and Citron, and he has collaborated with leading Danish pop artists. 

He received Wilhelm Hansen Composer Award in 1994 and the Prize of the Danish Composers’Society in 1995.
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