Nikolai Clavier NORWAY
Clavier started his career as a violist at the Barratt Due Music Institute (Oslo), continued to study composition at the University of Ager (Kristiansand) and in 2018 finished a Master of Music at the Fontys Academy of the Arts (Tilburg). His master thesis, Orchestrating Cinematic String Quartets, was awarded the first prize in the Fontys Artistic Research competition 2018 and is nominated in the national research competition of the Netherlands 2019. Clavier is currently studying Master of Composing for Film at the Dutch Film Academy and the Conservatory of Amsterdam and working as a freelance musician.
As an emancipating composer, Nikolaï Clavier has in a short time built a production of over a 100 compositions, arrangements and orchestrations. He has received commissions from festivals such as Valdres Summer Symphony and Theatre Festival Boulevard and is currently collaborating with several ensembles such as The Bristol Ensemble Ltd and LCViolinTube. In 2012 he was nominated in the international composer’s competition Simply Stunning and he won the first prize in the Willem Twee Chamber music competition with the Arthema String Quartet in 2018. As a film composer he is currently working with leading Dutch and Norwegian directors. Some of his most famous scores include The Trumpet Blast (theatre 2017), The Birds (fiction 2018), Johanna – husk at du aldri er alene (theatre 2016), Hit (docu 2018) and Manus VR (2018).
As musician, Clavier has worked with several international artists such as Alexander Rybak, Guro Kleven Hagen, and Jeanine Jansen. He played as solo violist in the critically acclaimed performance of Les Misérables in Kilden Concert Hall in 2013 and has since played with Oslo Camerata, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra among others. He is currently a member of the Arthema String Quartet, Libero String Orchestra and Moonlight Symphony Orchestra in the Netherlands, frequently collaborating with these ensembles for his film scores.