Focus on pieces for orchestra
Sommerro was born in Surnadal in the west of Norway, and won the hearts of many with his song Vårsøg (‘Longing for Spring’) in 1977.
In the course of his life – both as performer and composer – he has become one of the most experienced voices in Norway, and an institution in the music life of the nation.
His compositions range from simple songs to chamber music, choral music, works for orchestra, music for film, stage, and three operas. He has written for such versatile performers as Dame Evelyn Glennie and Choeur Gregorien de Paris. He has developed a strong collaboration with the Trondheims Soloists , and a new CD with compositions by Sommerro will see the light of day during 2015. He has received numerous prizes and in 2013 was awarded the Order of St.Olaf ‘in recognition of services to his country and people’.
He has a huge number of works published by Norsk Musikforlag, many of them for choirs. In recent years his suite Follow the Moonstone, for fiddle and strings based on traditional folk-tunes from Shetland, Scotland and Scandinavia has been one of his most performed orchestral pieces. We are now focusing on more pieces from his orchestral catalogue. First out is Aperire, a concertino for violincello and strings. Aperire (latin to open) comprises three movements and is based on Norwegian hymns and themes. Aperire was commissioned by Kristiansund SO in 1999, and performed by the cellist Aage Kvalbein. Kvalbein has subsequently included the work in his repertoire. The piece has also been performed independently by a number of Russian string orchestras and cellists. The next work to be published will be JOPPE for solo saxophone and string orchestra.