About Pinquins

About Pinquins

Pinquins is a percussion trio based in Oslo, Norway. The trio was established in 2008, and the current members are Sigrun Rogstad Gomnæs, Johanne Byhring and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen.

Pinquins has produced and presented a number of concerts and tours in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, England, Wales, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Iceland and Australia. In addition to this, they have performed at festivals such as The Ultima Oslo Contemporary Festival, The Bergen International Festival, The Øya Festival, Only Connect Festival, Nordic Music Days, Cycle festival for Music and Art, The THEMUS Festival (Gothenburg), Blurred Edges, and collaborations with Ny Musikk (Norwegian section of the ISCM). Pinquins also tours regularly as part of The Norwegian Concert Institute's school program.

Pinquins has collaborated with Kroumata, Sisu, Håkon Stene, Brand Brauer Frick, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Yumi Murakami and Duo En er 1 among others.

Pinquins has comissioned works from numerous composers such as Erik S. Dæhlin, Jan Martin Smørdal,Therese Birkelund Ulvo, Stine Sørlie, Anthony Pateras, Kjell Samkopf, Eyvind Guldbrandsen, Jon Halvor Bjørnseth, Jack White, Brice Catherin, Kari Beate Tandberg, Henrik Hellstenius, Kristine Tjøgersen and Arnold Marinissen. The trio is currently collaborating with Jan Martin Smørdal and Ansgar Beste. 

In conduction with the production of concerts and tours, Pinquins has received funding fromArts Council Norway, Music Norway, Kulturkontakt Nord, Norsk-Islands Kultursamarbeid, The Fund for Performing Arts, Kulturetaten in Oslo, Trondheim Kommune, Hedmark Fylkeskommune, The Musicians´ Union of Norway, Frifond and Oslo Musikkråd.

Pinquins collaborated in 2014-2016 with Curated Place (UK) in the project "Moving Classics - Network for New Music". The project involved composers from all over Europe, and performers from Norway, Iceland and UK. As a result of the project, Pinquins commissioned and world premiered works for the trio by Jack White, Brice Catherin and Arnold Marinissen and held concerts in all the countries involved in the project.  

"Moving Classics - Network for New Music" was funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union for the period 2014-2016.

Pinquins is partly funded by Arts Council Norway for 2017/2018.