Sven Lyder Kahrs, Norwegian Composer

“I have always aimed at expressing diversity, taking care of finer nuances and articulations to obtain a kind of richness or depth. More and more I try to explore the transitory nature of sound in my music: The listener are given no way to predict what comes.  One is lost to the moment. Still, by intertwining elements in subtle ways I do try to show that seemingly incoherent and separated events do relate to each other after all and are forming another type of whole. For me this represents a possibly meaningful way to understand reality.

Sven Lyder Kahrs (1959) studied privately with Finn Mortensen parallel to his studies at Conservatory in Oslo under Kolbjørn Ofstad. From 1984-1989 he studied privately with Brian Ferneyhough and Emmanuel Nunes and attended advanced courses at IRCAM and Royaumont. His music has been performed at the festivals like Donaueschingen, Tremplin, (Pompidou/Ircam) Tage für neue Music Zurich, (festival composer) Ultima and Borealis. Performers of Kahrs’ music have includedensemble recherche, Ensemble Contrechamps, The Arditti Quartet, Nordic Voices, asamisimasa, Ensemble Ernst, Pierre Strauch, Anton Lukoszevieze, David Alberman, Rohan de Saram, Ole-Henrik Moe, Dimitri Vassilakis, Marco Rogliano, the Helge Slaatto/Frank Reinecke duo, Anders Førisdal, Haakon Thelin, Sigyn Fossnes, Rolf Borch and more. His string quartet 'Ein Hauch um nichts', premiered at the Ultima Festival 2000 by the Arditti Quartet was awarded the EDVARD price 2001. (ACD5035)  He also received the prestigious Arne Nordheim composer’s prize 2005. His solo CD “Dew sparrows breath” (ACD5017) was nominated to the Norwegian “Grammy”  2010 as a CD of the year and can be found on

Artist-in-residence January and February 2015