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Information to all participants – Summer Academy Voksenåsen 2018

Dear Summer Academy 2018 participant,

We hope your tickets are booked and that you have sent in your repertoire. Deadline for sending us your repertoire is June 22.

To make sure that you have all the information you need during the course, we have created a closed Facebook group. Please join the group so that you always have the current information at hand. Here we will post your daily schedules, any changes that may occur and general information. If you for any reason aren´t a Facebook user, please let us know so that we can send you the information in another way.

Facebook groups:
Summer Academy Voksenåsen WINDS 2018
Summer Academy Voksenåsen VOICE 2018
Summer Academy Voksenåsen STRINGS 2018 (also for Junior Talent Strings)
Summer Academy Voksenåsen Junior Talent Winds 2018

The wind course starts on July 30th at 10.00 AM.
The Junior Talent Winds starts on July 30th at 10.00 AM.
The voice course starts on August 1st at 10.00 AM.
The string course starts on August 5th at 10.00 AM.
The Junior Talent Strings starts on 5th at 10.00 AM.

Some of you have already informed me that you are arriving later. Those of you (winds) that are arriving on the 29th please note that the hotel opens at 4 PM.

Don’t forget to bring your music stand and sheet music for teachers and the pianists! (it is not enough that you sent your repertoire to the pianist in the repertoire form, you need to bring it as well).

The hotel has an outside pool, which will be at your disposal during your stay, so bring swimwear.

We cannot guarantee single room for those of you that have requested that, but we will do our best.

If you have any allergies and haven’t inform us, please let us know as soon as possible so we can inform the kitchen.

We are closed for summer June 29th – July 23rd. The emails will be read and answered sporadically during this time.

To get to Voksenåsen:
Take the airport train ( or regular train ( to the central station, Oslo S. The trip takes about 20 minutes with the airport train or 40 minutes with the regular train.

At the central station switch to westbound subway line number 1 towards Frognerseteren, get off at Voksenkollen. The trip takes about 35 minutes. Tickets, timetables and prices at Please note that the last subway from the central station leaves at 00.30. From there follow the signs up the hill towards Voksenåsen, it’s about a 800 m walk.

It is possible to take a taxi straight from the airport to Voksenåsen. The address is Ullveien 4.

Make sure to ask for a fixed airport rate. The price during days is about NOK 870 plus 200 during nights. We recommend that you use OSLO TAXI.

We wish you a great summer and are looking forward to seeing you!

Best wishes from sunny Oslo,
Summer Academy Voksenåsen

Jeffrey Cohen

American pianist Jeffrey Cohen has been praised by The New York Times for the “lucidity and poetry” of his playing. Both as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Cohen’s performances have taken him to three different continents. In the summers, Mr. Cohen has been a faculty member or guest artist at major music festivals including Bowdoin, Waterloo, Shanghai International Piano Festival & Institute, and the Beijing International Music Festival. Mr. Cohen’s debut recording, a collection of French chamber music with his wife and duo partner violinist Lucie Robert, received critical acclaim in Fanfare magazine. In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Cohen’s teaching gifts have established him as a leading piano pedagogue of his generation. His students have won prizes in major competitions and enjoy successful careers as performers and teachers. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Cohen has been a piano professor and member of the artist faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he currently serves as Coordinator of Piano Master Classes and Departmental Competitions. He has given master classes at prestigious institutions around the world.

Lucie Robert

Violinist Lucie Robert, a native of Montreal, has received enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics alike for the expressive lyricism and tonal beauty of her playing. Robert carries on the great violin tradition of her teacher, the legendary Josef Gingold. A prize winner of the First Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Austria, Ms. Robert has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East. Highly sought after as a violin pedagogue, For over thirty years, Robert has served as violin professor at the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Robert has served as an adjudicator for several international competitions including the Montreal, Fritz Kreisler, Jozsef Szigeti, Seoul and Joseph Joachim international violin competitions. In the past several years, Robert has given lectures on violin technique and her teaching philosophy and is a frequent contributor to “The Violin Channel”.

Johannes Grosso

Johannes Grosso is solo oboe in the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester. He has won prices in several international competitions like Prague Spring and International Double Reed Society. He is regularly invited to perform as soloist or as chamber musician and plays with many of the leading european orchestras like Budapest Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Johannes was appointed teacher in oboe  by the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2018. He has worked as Coach for woodwind sections in several youth orchestras.

Diemut Poppen

Diemut Poppen is one of the most outstanding violists of her generation. Poppen studied in Düsseldorf, Aachen, Cologne, Berlin, Bloomington (USA) and Paris. As a soloist and chamber musician she has appeared in the most important music centres around the world. Well-known musicians have invited Diemut Poppen to participate in their festivals – amongst others – C.Abbado, A.Schiff, G.Kremer, T.Mork, L.Kavakos, N.Gutman, A.Chaushian. Diemut Poppen performed as a soloist under the baton of conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Frans Brüggen and Claudio Abbado. She is currently Professor for Viola and Chamber Music in Detmold, in Madrid, at the Escuela de Musica Reina Sofia and at Hemu Lausanne. Diemut Poppen was co-principal in Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado and principal viola and a founding member of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Poppen’s repertory spans from the classical viola concertos to all combinations of chamber music as well as contemporary music. Several composers have written new pieces for her, solo as well as concertos, sonatas and chamber music.

Håvard Gimse

After gaining his Diploma at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin in 1995 with Hans Leygraf, he continued his studies with the revered piano Professor Jiri Hlinka in Norway. He is the recipient of 1st Prize in the Jugend Musiziert Competition from 1987, and since then has been awarded many of Norway and Scandinavia’s most prestigious awards including the Steinway Prize in 1995, the Grieg Prize in 1996 and the Sibelius Prize in 2004. As a concerto artist, Håvard Gimse has performed extensively throughout Scandinavia, with recent and future invitations from the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio and Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Norrkoping Symphony. Further afield he has performed with the Baltimore and Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony, Frankfurt Radio the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Belgian National Philharmonic Orchestras. Håvard is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Bjørg Lewis

Bjørg Lewis is one of Norway’s most highly esteemed cellists.  As a soloist, she has played with the Oslo Philharmonic as well as many other orchestras throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Baltics. Bjørg is a founder member of the Vertavo String Quartet, an internationally acclaimed ensemble, which has received numerous awards including Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize. A busy performance schedule takes Bjørg throughout Europe and North America. A frequent participant in many international chamber music festivals, Bjørg has also been regularly invited to join the Nash Ensemble for the past five years. Bjørg is Associate Professor of Cello Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Fredrik Ekdahl

Fredrik Ekdahl holds the position as principal bassoon of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest principal with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and has held master classes at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Antwerpen College of Music and the Beijing Conservatory, among others. As a soloist, Fredrik has performed with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding, Eivind Aadland and Baldur Brönniman, among others.

Being a devoted chamber music player, Fredrik performs regularly at festivals around the world with musicians such as Janine Jansen and Martin Fröst.

Rick Stotijn

Photo: Stephan van Fleteren

Rick Stotijn, these days, is considered one of the most leading bass players in the
world. He studied at the Conservatory in Amsterdam with his father Peter Stotijn where he graduated with the highest distinction. Later on he studied with Bozo Paradzik at the Hochschule in Freiburg. He performs regularly as soloist with Orchestra’s such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has worked with Janine Jansen, Christianne Stotijn, Liza Ferschtman, Robert Holl, Vilde Frang, Lawrence Power and many others. Rick was principal double bass in the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and is currently principal in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. As guest principal Rick plays regularly in the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra Mozart and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Rick is teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and will be the new Professor Double Bass at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusseldorf from September 2015.

Christian Gerber*

Born in 1976 in Germany, he is one of Europes promising new Bandoneón players. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin. Already in 1994 he began to focus himself intensively on Argentinean tango. He shares stages with tango legends like Alberto Podestá, Juan José Mosalini, Alfredo Marcucci, Raul Garello and Luis Stazo and performed with the legendary Tango Broadway Show „Tango Pasión“ amongst others. In 2001 he founded his „Quinteto Ángel“ which is touring all over Europe since then. Besides performing in numerous projects and concerts of contemporary music (e.g. “Novemberland” with Nobel prize winner Günther Grass), film and theater music works complete his musical activities. Since 2003 he playes regularly with the innovative group “Tangocrash” and is part of grammy-awarded Luis Stazo´s “Stazo Mayor”.

*Christian is a member of the Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble and will be perfoming with the ensemble in the start of the string course. He will also be having a tango session.

Ulrike Payer*

Ulrike Payer counts among the most versatile pianists of our time. Her repertoire not only includes solo pieces, as well as all renowned concerts and chamber music pieces and lieder, but also covers various styles and eras, from Baroque to modern day classical music. She studied with Alexis Weissenberg, Tatjana Nikolajewa and the Amadeus Quartet. As a pianist, Ulrike distinguished herself not only in the world of classical music, but also as an interpreter of Tango Argentino. Consequently, Ulrike played concerts alongside the most prominent Argentine musicians, such as Cholo Montironi, Noberto Bondino, Carlos Buono and the Sexteto Mayor. Since 2004, she has been teaching at the Musikhochschule Mainz and the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken.

*Ulrike is a member of the Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble and will be perfoming with the ensemble in the start of the string course. He will also be having a tango session.

Practical information

Don’t forget to bring your music stand and sheet music for teachers and the pianists! It is not enough that you uploaded copies on the repertoire-form, you need to bring it as well. It is not possible to make copies at the hotel, so you have to bring copies for both the pianist, teacher and yourself.

The swimming pool will be open so don’t forget your bathing suit.

There will be informal evening gatherings where there might be a possibility to perform in front of the others.  The last evening, there will be an in-house concert and a festive dinner (bring formal wear). Departure is after breakfast the day after.

The check in time is at 15.00. We have a luggage room where you can store your luggage until check in time.

There are no rooms for individual rehearsals. Your room will function as a practising room during your stay.


  • Instrument
  • Music stand
  • Sheet music for yourself, the accompanist and the teacher
  • Formal clothing for the final concert and the festive dinner
  • Swimwear (we have a swimming pool and a sauna)
  • Sheet music for ensemble. Great oppotunity to go together and play with other students!

Travel to Voksenåsen:

To get her from Gardermoen, take the airport train or regular train to the central station, Oslo S. The trip takes about 20 minutes. with the airport train or 25 minutes with the regular train.

It is possible to take a cab straight from the airport to Voksenåsen. The address is Ullveien 4. Make sure to ask for a fixed airport rate. The price during days is about NOK 850,- plus 200.- during nights (if you choose to go with Oslo Taxi).

From Torp Airport Sandefjord, the regional train will get you to Oslo S. Take the R11, from Torp to Oslo S. Get from Torp Airport Sandefjord to Oslo S in 1 hour and 45 mins, with more than 20 departures a day.

At the central station switch to westbound subway line number 1 towards Frognerseteren, get off at Voksenkollen. The trip takes about 35 minutes. Tickets, timetables and prices at . Please note that the subway isn’t operating during night time. Make sure to check last departure the day of your arrival.

From there follow the signs towards Voksenåsen up the hill, it’s about a 800 m walk.


Magnus Staveland

The Norwegian tenor Magnus Staveland was born in Stavanger. Staveland studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen with Susanna Eken. Engagements have brought him to many of the biggest opera houses like Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Florence, Teatro Regio di Torino, Settimana Musicale Senese Siena, Teatro Real Madrid, Staatsoper Berlin, Royal Swedish Opera, Royal Danish Opera and Norwegian National Opera. He is a much sought-after concert singer and regularly appears in concert venues and festivals throughout Europe and Asia. His repertoire includes a vast number of masses, oratorios, symphonies and song cycles. He regularly works with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Teodor Currentzis, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski and Christophe Rousset.

Mari Eriksmoen

Foto: Sveinung Bjelland
Photo: Sveinung Bjelland

Almost immediately on completion of her vocal studies, Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen found herself with a dream offer to sing Zerbinetta at Theater an der Wien, marking the start of a close relationship with this major theatre. Recent highlights include her debut as Mélisande at Opera Vlaanderen and Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, her debut as Sophie for Den Norske Opera, her debut at Dutch National Opera as Pamina, and a return to Theater an der Wien as Agilea in Handel’s Teseo. She is a regular guest of Orchestre de Paris, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Freiburger Barockorchester and Gothenburg Symphony.

Ståle Johan Ytterli

Ståle Johan Ytterli is University Lecturer at Norwegian Academy of Music in the Conducting, Voice and Church Music Department. Ståle is singer and actor and originally from Northern Norway. He was educated in voice at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, and has also studied in Copenhagen and New York. A singer with a broad repertoire ranging from medieval music to contemporary musicals, he has been singing with Morten Gunnar Larsen and the Ophelia Orchestra for 20 years, and participated in all their US tours. In recent years he has been working mostly with theatre, musicals, early Broadway material, Argentinian tango, and Berlin cabaret songs. He has also participated in several performances of contemporary dance.

Carla Fernàndez Boix

The Catalan pianist Carla Fernàndez Boix is often invited at the Didsbury Coffee Concerts in Manchester and she regularly performs at the concert series Cultuur Tijdens Het Middaguur in Breda, The Netherlands. She has played in different venues and festivals around Europe, including Piano City Milano Festival, Auditori Barradas in Barcelona, Concerts d’été en Vieille- Ville in Geneva and Festreeval at Philarmonie Luxembourg. As chamber musician, she has performed at the Grieg in Bergen Festival with Dutch flutist Felix Niël and they have both been members of the Académie Musicale de Villecroze. Carla got her Masters in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Helen Krizos, and she finished her Bachelor of Music with Alan Weiss at Het Utrechts Conservatorium in The Netherlands. Carla is currently a piano teacher at Oslo International Piano Studio and is studying a Masters in Accompaniment and Chamber Music at the Norwegian Academy of Music.