Rolf Wallin and Ida Nielsen in conversation

Rolf Wallin has established a reputation as one of the leading Scandinavian composers of his generation. On 6 June his work Spirit for electric bass & ensemble receives its UK premiere as part of London Sinfonietta: Nordic Nights.

Rolf Wallin and Ida Nielsen in Conversation

Tasked with bringing the composer’s work to life for this special performance is Ida Nielsen. In this short video Nielsen explains why she looks forward to performing with an orchestra, whilst Wallin shares his enthusiasm at working with the Danish bassplayer on this piece, and the joy he gets from her performance.

Footage courtesy of the Bergen International Festival

When Ida [Nielsen] started playing, I felt like I was five again and listening to The Beatles for the first time and I couldn’t help but smile
Rolf Wallin, composer

Be swept away by a colourful survey of contemporary Nordic musical culture, as the London Sinfonietta presents this new piece alongside a searing violin concerto by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho plus a new piece by Eivind Buene, on Tuesday 6 June