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Voksenåsen goes North

Two selected quartets from the chamber music course are travelling on tour to the north and will be playing at the Arctic Chamber Music Festival 2021 at Svalbard.

NOVO Quartet and Abeo Quartet are travelling together with two of the talents from the Voksenåsen Composer Academy, Anna Berg and Ylva Fred, and they will be playing at the Festival Thursday February 18.

We are also lucky to have our artistic leader Peter Herresthal, professor, chamber music and composer mentor Tim Frederiksen – and composer star – Missy Mazzoli, joining us up to the north.

The tour is a part of the 25th anniversary of the Voksenåsen Summer Academy. During the anniversary two new academies at Voksenåsen will be developed; composer and a chamber music academy. This would not be possible without the support from Dextra and Furestiftelsen.

Cover photo: © Voksenåsen Summer Academy

Thank you!

The Voksenåsen Summer Academy is over for this year! Thank you to all teachers, students, the hotel and Team Voksenåsen for such inspiring two weeks, filled with music and joy! And also thanks to everyone for keeping to the Corona restrictions. This enabled the Academy to run, slightly changed, but still uninterrupted for a 24th year.

Next year´s teachers will be published during the autumn and the application form is set to open up in December. We are looking forward to 2021!

Passive participation 2020

This year we will be holding a Nordic course, only for students and teachers from the Nordic countries. Instruments have been cancelled and many students will not get the chance to participate. This is all due to the Coronavirus and this year we will not be able to accept any passive participants.

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Due to the Covid-19 situation, we cannot give the qualified applicants the final decision an acceptance to the Summer Academy until early June. Read more on our Corona measures here.

Hence, we still don’t know how many students we will be able to accept to the Summer Academy 2020.

If you already now know that you will not be able to travel to Norway in August, please let us know as soon as possible.

Information regarding the coronavirus:

August is still a long way down the road, and we do hope that life will be back to normal by then. The work with planning and coordinating the Summer Academy goes on and we are planning to hold the Summer Academy as normal.

If the course needs to be cancelled due to events out of our control, or if students are unable to attend due to sickness or prolonged travel restrictions, we will refund the course fee.

Read more about our measures here. Stay safe!

Artistic leader has been appointed Opera Director in Oslo

Randi Stene, artistic leader of the Summer Academy Voice, has been appointed Opera Director at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet from 1st of August 2020. 

We are happy to announce that she will continue as artistic leader of the Voksenåsen Summer Academy even though she won’t be teaching during the 2020 academy. 

“I will participate fully in the planning and admission process but the teaching I will leave in the very capable hands of Susanna Eken, Audun Iversen and Iréne Theorin. I am confident that they will help the students develop in the best possible way during this years course. I will miss teaching this summer and am very much looking forward to be back again in 2021.says Randi. 

Application deadline is 12 April.

Andreas Borregaard

Photo: Caroline Bittencourt

Through an extensive career as soloist and chamber musician, Andreas Borregaard communicates the accordion’s fascinating qualities and palette of expressions to a wide audience. He collaborates with composers from all over Europe and is actively influencing the development of this young instrument’s use and repertoire. In 2013 Andreas Borregaard was awarded with the Danish Arts Council’s “Young Elite”-scholarship aimed to support the country’s most significant talents across all musical genres, and in 2017 the Danish Composers’ Society awarded him their “Music Prize” in recognition of his work. In 2001 he began his studies at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with professor James Crabb. After 5 years study he graduated with Bachelor and Master degrees, obtaining the highest possible marks in all subjects. He was then immediately admitted into the Soloist Class (advanced performance degree), graduating with an ofcial debut concert in spring 2010. Since 2010 Andreas Borregaard has been teaching accordion and chamber music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and in 2017 he was appointed accordion lecturer at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where he is currently also a PhD fellow in artistic research („Just Do It! – exploring the musician’s use of bodily performance“ 2018-2021).

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

Thorsten Johanns

Photo: Neda Navaee

Thorsten Johanns performs as a solo clarinetist and as part of numerous chamber music formations in renowned concert halls and at festivals and events all over the world. In more than twenty years of professional music career, he has worked with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Eivind Aadland, Yutaka Sado, Howard Griffiths, Jonathan Stockhammer, Christian Vásquez, Dan Ettinger, Pablo Rus Broseta and Constantin Trinks. Since 2015 he is working as a Professor of Clarinet at the conservatory ‘Franz Liszt’ in Weimar. Thorsten Johanns was the first and to date the only German clarinettist to be repeatedly and personally invited to New York by former chief conductor Alan Gilbert to play there as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also frequently appeared as a solo clarinetist with the SWO (SuperWorldOrchestra) in Tokyo, Japan. Regular engagements as principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmoniker are just as much a part of his work as guest appearances at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the NDR-Elbphilharmonieorchester and the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne.

Henrik Wiese*

Henrik Wiese (b.1971) first taught himself to play the flute, later studied with Prof. Ingrid Koch-Dörnbrak in Hamburg and Prof. Paul Meisen in Munich. In 1995, after only five semesters of studying, Henrik Wiese was engaged as principal flutist in the Bavarian State Orchestra. Since September 1, 2006, he holds the same position in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Henrik Wiese has received awards from a number of national and international competitions. He was a prize winner at the German Music Competition (1995) and a winner (2nd prize) of the renowned ARD Music Competition in Munich, among others. He has appeared as soloist, for example, with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin and the NDR Radio Philharmonic in Hanover. He is a dedicated performer of chamber music, as we can see from his steadily growing discography. Along with pianist Fumiko Shiraga he recorded Mozart’s seven piano concertos (Weltersteinspielung), which Mozart’s student Johann Nepomuk Hummel had arranged for a chamber music ensemble consisting of piano, flute, violin and violoncello. *Henrik will teach 4 day during the course.

Linda Taube*

Linda Taube is solo piccolo at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and at the Gothenburg Symphony 2011-2008. She regularly performs across the Nordic countries and teaches piccolo at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Lilla Akademien. She has also been teaching at the Music Academy in Gothenburg and Birkagårdens Folkhögskola in Stockholm, among other. *Linda teaches both piccolo and flute during the course.

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”.

Iréne Theorin

Photo: Chris Gloag

One of the most celebrated dramatic sopranos of today, Iréne Theorin is a regular guest at opera houses and concert venues across the world. Particularly associated with German dramatic repertoire she has garnered huge acclaim for her intense musicality, engaging performances and vocal flexibility. A graduate of the Music Academy and Royal Opera School in Copenhagen, Theorin has performed at Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Berliner Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera de Paris, Semperoper Dresden and at the Bayreuth Festival.

Sibbi Bernhardsson – violin and chamber music

Icelandic violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson joined the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory in 2017. During his 17-year tenure as a member of the Pacifica Quartet (2000-2017), he performed more than 90 concerts each year worldwide in many of the leading concert halls including Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, and New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. Bernhardsson has performed at festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and the Iceland Art Festival. Collaborations include those with Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Jörg Widmann, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, Johannes Moser, the Emerson String Quartet, and members of the Guarneri and Cleveland quartets. With the Pacifica Quartet, he received numerous honors including a Grammy Award, Musical America Ensemble of the Year, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra.