Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen is a leading figure in classical percussion today. He equally active in improvised as well as written music, as soloist or chamber player. He is not the kind of percussionist that follows the normal path, sitting in the back of an orchestra. As soloist he might as well sing, improvise and resitate lyrics, acting, at the same time as he controls the colours, rythmes and harmonic possibilities that percussion-instruments can offer. His solo-cd OPEN received international acclaim and won the norwegian Grammy, Spellemannsprisen. As a pricewinner from the CIEM-competition in Geneva, Sørensen visits frequently festivals in Europe and USA amongst them Feldkirch, Schleswig-Holstein, Ludwigsburg, Savannah, Aldeburgh, West Cork Ch.Musicfest, ICMF Stavanger, Oslo Ch.Musicfest and Bergen Festspillene, soloist with orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra and the chamberorchestras of Sweden and Norway, collobrates with artists like Joanna MacGregor, Vincent Leterme, Gro Løvdahl, Anja Lechner, Terje Tønnesen, Tanja Tetzlaf, Martin Fröst, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Marika Lagerkrantz, Thomas Hengelbruck, Daniel Hope,Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Jon Christensen, Jon Surman, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Misha Alperin, Øystein Birkeland, Bendik Hofseth, Rolf Wallin, Moscow Art Trio, director Per Olav Sørensen and with the musictheatre-composer Georges Aperghis. He has recorded for ECM, BIS, JARO and Aurora. Sørensen is very much engaged in musictheatre and is therefore occupied in the influence this has on musical presentation in general.
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