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Ruben Sverre Gjertsen is one of his generations most articulate compositional voices. Performed throughout Europe, his complex and demanding scores create a sonic universe balancing broad gestures with transparent and fluent ideals. These qualities has lead Gjertsen into cooperation with the Oslo Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez/the Luzern Festival Orchestra, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Vortex, Nouvel Ensemble Modern and others.
Gjertsen studied composition at the Grieg Academy in Bergen with Morten Eide Pedersen and James Clapperton. He has also followed master classes with guest composers like Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Huber, Salvatore Sciarrino, Philippe Hurel, Luca Franscesconi and Helmut Lachenmann. His work has been performed and commissioned by major festivals in Europe, among them ISCM, Aspekte Salzburg, Luzerne Festival and others. Gjertsen lives and works in Berlin.
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