From October 23 to October 30, NeoQuartet hosted the outstanding Swedish composer Marsel Nichan. As part of the artistic residency, we worked on new pieces for string quartet. One of them, „Rites”, had its premiere on October 28, 2023 during the 12th edition of the NeoArte – Synthesizer of Art festival in Gdańsk.

MARSEL NICHAN is a versatile composer living in Stockholm. As a composer, Marsel constantly balances between several sources of cultural inspiration. In that sense, he is a time-typical representative of a growing composer generation that is increasingly being influenced – impressions / expressions – from a multicultural society. For Marsel personally, this complex diversity is not formed into separate incidents or decorative splashes of color, but rather a sort of artistic wholeness, an insoluble composite or alloy. Today’s expansive soundscape provides a treasure trove for his creation, a constant source of inspiration and renewal.
Marsel Nichan’s music is dramatic – for him, all the elements of the music are equally important. He believes that it is in that way composers can create a holistic picture of what they want to express with their music. Among his works you will find compositions for both solo instruments and various sizes of chamber ensembles, orchestral works, works for choir, film music and electroacoustic music.
In 2006 Marsel finished his music composition and musicology studies with a focus on contemporary music. But his composition studies started already in the music school when he was 16 years old. He also studied Electroacoustic music composition in Växjö for Anders Blomqvist and in Stockholm at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) in 2009. During 2013/2014 he attended master classes in conducting for Mika Eichenholz. Other teachers/mentors that he has studied for is Ladis Müller, Thomas Liljeholm, Hans Parment and Svante Widén. Marsel plays also percussion instrument, piano and sings in choirs. This is something that he uses as elements when he compose music.
Marsel was chosen as the composer in residence in 2020/2021 with the ensemble Kwartludium in Poland (The programme is run by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee). He got also funding from the Promotion of Culture Fund from The Minister of Culture, National heritage and sport in Poland for a new commisiond piece by Kwartludium in 2022.
Marsel runs his own record company Nichan Records. He is also chairman of the contemporary music association Media Artes and founder/artistic director of the contemporary cultural association Nuova Arte.

Marsel Nichan composer residency is co-financed with the support of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
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