With a libretto by Kerstin Perskin, and based on the screenplay by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen, Brothers follows the changing relationship between siblings Michael and Jannik as the former is sent to war in Afghanistan on a UN mission. When Michael returns after a traumatic imprisonment, the balance between the two brothers is changed forever.
Directed by Kasper Holten, and with stage design by Steffan Aarfing, Brothers runs for four performances between 16–22 August 2017, conducted by André de Ridder.
On 22 August, Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto receives its premiere in Los Angeles as Pekka Kuusisto and the LA Philharmonic take to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel.
In September, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen tour the work to Dortmund
and Frankfurt, before returning to the UK for a performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason is currently Artist-in-Residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Composer-in-Residence at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven. As co-curator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavik Festival with Esa-Pekka Salonen, his music featured throughout the festival in Los Angeles in April 2017.
Bjarnason’s versatility as an artist has led to collaborations with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field including Sigur Rós, Brian Eno, Efterklang and Ben Frost, leading Time Out New York to describe his music as “coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world”.