Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980) is one of the most frequently performed classical composers from Norway today. He grew up in Trondheim, and while being a daily follower of MTV, and no one understood why he was such a big The Cure fan at the age of 10, he also played the piano at the music school and was a chorister in the Nidaros Cathedral Boys´ Choir.


He was educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim. With a big interest in baroque music, contemporary classical music, and popular music, Kim could have taken many roads, but choral music became his greatest passion. As a composer, he had his first performance at the age of 18 with the boys´ choir. Since then he has written music that has been performed by choirs all over the world. 


In 2010, his first large-scale work, Magnificat was commissioned and premiered by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls´ Choir. The premiere got an overwhelming feedback leading to several new commissions. A recording was released by 2L in 2014 and the album has received excellent reviews in Gramophone, Choir & Organ and other classical magazines. Gramophone calls the music "haunting, beautifully arched, warmly compassionate".

His choral music is being performed all around the world and among his most popular works are Even when He is silent, Cradle Hymn and Flight Song. In 2016, Cradle Hymn was performed at The White House for President Barack Obama.

In April 2014 his Requiem was premiered by the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir. The work was performed at Carnegie Hall in 2017, in a production with the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).


Kim was the Composer-in-residence for the Denver-based Kantorei and Artistic Director Joel Rinsema in their 2015/16 Season. The collaboration was followed by Kim's second CD album, "Infinity", in 2018 by Naxos. In 2016 the new large-scale work The Wound in the Water was premiered at the St. Olaf Festival in Trondheim, with Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, and TrondheimSolistene. 


The National Lutheran Choir commissioned and premiered The Holy Spirit Mass in commemoration of 500 years since the reformation in Washington D. C. and Minneapolis in 2017. The mass had its European premiere in Rome at the opening of the 2018 Festival of Sacred Music and Art. 


In 2018, the 5th large-scale work Tuvayhun - Beatitudes for a Wounded World with lyrics by Charles Anthony Silvestri was premiered in New York City by the Manhattan Girls Chorus. In October 2018 the 20-minute work So That the World May Believe was premiered in Rome together with the European premiere of the "Holy Spirit Mass."

In 2019, Voices of the Silenced was commissioned and premiered by the New Hampshire Master Chorale and Nordic Christmas by VocalEssence Philip Brunelle. 

To be premiered in 2020 is Stabat Mater with Haderslev Cathedral Girls' Choir, Denmark, Welcome Light for SATB choir, joik choir and symphony orchestra at the World Choral Fest and Bird and Rainfall for SATB choir and symphony orchestra at the Choral Mosaic 2020 in Canada as well as several choral octavos.

Kim is an elected member of the Norwegian Composers Society, and a full-time composer focusing on choral music. From September 2017 he has signed with Boosey & Hawkes as one of their house composers.


Kim André Arnesen

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