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The Voksenåsen Summer Academy’s 25th anniversary will be held 2nd to 13th of August, during the wind, voice, string and chamber music course. There will be an anniversary concert on the 13th of August.

At the moment we are finalising the plan for this year’s Academy. It will be released in January, together with who will be teaching the anniversary course.

We are looking forward to your applications!

Randi Stene – artistic leader

Mezzo-soprano Randi Stene is one of Scandinavia’s leading opera and concert soloists, and appears on the most important European stages. Since 1989 she has been engaged at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. She has a large repertoire, covering both the classical mezzo roles and many new or rarely performed works. She is Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. From August 2020, Stene is the new Opera Director of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Stene is artistic leader of the Summer Academy Voksenåsen Voice.

Voksenåsen goes North – cancelled!

We have decided to cancel our tour to Svalbard and the festival due to the pandemic. We do hope to find a new week to travel as soon as possible.

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NOVO Quartet, from the Voksenåsen Chamber Music Course, is travelling on tour to the north and will be playing at the Arctic Chamber Music Festival 2021 at Svalbard. They will play on the 17th and the 18th of February.

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.

Kaija Saarikettu*

Succes in violin competitions – first place in the Kuopio National Violin Competition in 1980 and getting to the finals in the international Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in the same year – marked the beginning of Kaija Saarikettu’s career. Since then, she has performed extensively at her own concerts, as a soloist of orchestras and as chamber musician in most European countries, the United States, Japan and Russia. Saarikettu’s interest in the music of our time and collaboration with composers has resulted in a large number of pieces written for her. Kaija Saarikettu has premiered and recorded several violin concertos as well as solo and chamber music compositions by composers such as Einar Englund, Paavo Heininen, Eero Hämeenniemi, Juha T. Koskinen, Jyrki Linjama, Pehr-Henrik Nordgren and Einojuhani Rautavaara. In addition to most of the Finnish orchestras, Saarikettu has performed as a soloist of the Swedish and Danish radio orchestras, the Själland Symphony Orchestra and the Slovenian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras. She has worked with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, James DePreist, Paavo Järvi, Leif Segerstam and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Since 1995 Kaija Saarikettu has been Professor of Violin at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. *Teaches both violin and viola.

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 3 days, both piccolo and flute.

Tom Ottar Andreassen*

Tom Ottar Andreassen is co-principal flute in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. One of Norway’s top wind players, he is an often sought soloist and chamber musician, and has made a number of recordings. He is Professor of flute at the Norwegian Academy of Music. *Tom Ottar will teach 2 days during the wind 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”.

Isabelle van Keulen

Isabelle van Keulen a truly versital musician. Her versatility lies in the fact that she plays the violin as well as the viola with the same energy, performing chamber music in any thinkable combination and directing chamber orchestra performances. She has over the course of her career engaged in works written by contemporary composers, and has had many concertos written especially for her. She is professor at the Luzern University of Arts and visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Yngve Søberg*

”His vocal range is one that reminds us what a real Rigoletto should sound like. I am convinced that him having his own style, and presenting the evolution of the role through his vocal abilities, will make this interpretation one of the most impressive and complete (Rigoletto) performances on the world opera scene”. – Rigoletto 15.09.2018, Simone Tomei, Archivio giornale.

Yngve Søberg made his role debut as Rigoletto at the Opera di Firenze under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in Zürich also under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Same season he did the role as Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci in Graz. In the summer of 2019, he had the title role in Rigoletto at the Bregenzer Festspiele and the role as Amonasro in Aida at the OscarsborgOperaen. Yngve’s first role at the Norwegian National Opera was as the sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca in 2007. Yngves roles as a beloved principal artist of the Norwegian National Opera since 2010 represent a wide cross section of baritone repertoire including: Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello in La Bohème, Germont in La Traviata, Escamillo in Carmen, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in I Pagliacci, as well as the the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro.

*Yngve will teach 3 days during the voice course of 2021.

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.

Eszter Haffner – violin and viola*

Eszter Haffner is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. Over the last 25 years, Eszter Haffner has been captivating audiences around the world with her distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations. She has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras. Always willing to expand her musical horizons, Eszter is also much sought after as a viola player. She has been prize winner in numerous international competitions: Concertino Praha, Koncz Violin Competition Hungary, Jugend Musiziert, Stephanie Hohl Vienna, International Chamber Music Competition Trapani and Caltanissetta Italy. Since 2002 she has been Professor of Violin at the KUG University of Music Graz, Austria and since 2010 also at the Royal Academy of Music Copenhagen, Denmark. As a guest professor she taught regularly at Royal College London, Lisz Academy Budapest, Aurora Stockholm, Sibelius Academy Helsinki, etc. *Eszter will teach both violin and viola.

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.

Mari Eriksmoen

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.

Tim Frederiksen – chamber music

Tim Frederiksen has played violin and viola since childhood and studied with Gunnar Frederiksen, Erling Bloch and Professor Max Rostal. In 1995 Frederiksen was appointed Professor of viola and chamber music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. In his capacity as Head of Chamber Music Tim Frederiksen coaches award winning Danish ensembles, like The Danish String Quartet, Trio Ondine, Paizo Quartet among others. Frederiksen is highly in demand as a teacher at international and national master classes and is often invited as jury member in international music competitions, a.o the Max Rostal Competition in Berlin and Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.

Audun Iversen

Photo: Gisle Bjørneby

Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen won the Queen Sonja International Singing Competition 2007 in Oslo and made the final in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, in addition to being the first singer to win the newly founded Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship. Iversen has studied in Oslo, Leipzig and Copenhagen and has been singing all over the world. Roles he has been singing includes Eugen Onegin, Marcello, Wozzeck, Germont, Marchese di Posa, Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Conte di Luna, Enrico, Conte Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Don Giovanni at opera houses such as Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra de Paris, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opernhaus Zürich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Theater an der Wien and Glyndebourne Festival. During his career he has been working with artist like Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Jordan, Renée Fleming, Rolando Villazon, Elina Garanca, Juan Diego Florez and Leif Ove Andsnes.

Åshild Kyvik Bauge*

Åshild Kyvik Bauge was educated from Bergen Teaching Academy and as voice teacher from Norske Musikklæreres Landsforbund before she completed her bachelor and diploma of Voice in Performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Since 1996, Åshild has been teaching in voice at the Rud High School outside Oslo. She was teaching at the Norwegian Academy of Music for 15 years before she was appointed Associate Professor  at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in 2005 where she is still teaching.

*Åshild will be giving master classes to the participants of the Junior Talents voice 2021.

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.

Darrett Adkins

Darrett Adkins enjoys a great breadth of musical activity as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.  The Boston Globe has described him as ‘fiery’ and the New York Times wrote that his debut recital was “heroic” and “stunning.”  His solo recitals, Hypersuite, ground-breaking hybrid programs interweaving solo Bach Suites with contemporary pieces inspired by them, have riveted both listeners and critics. Adkins gave the first New York performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV which he has recorded for Naxos’ complete Sequenzas collection. He also performed the first New York Performance of Messiaen’s Concerto for 4 Instruments at Carnegie Hall. A dedicated teacher, Adkins has taught cello and chamber music since 1995 at the Juilliard School, since 2003 at Oberlin Conservatory and at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he co-directs the string chamber music program. He earned degrees from Oberlin, Juilliard and Rice University, studying with Normal Fischer and Joel Krosnick.

Ellen Nisbeth

Photo: Nikolaj Lund

Ellen Nisbeth, viola, is the recipient of both the Swedish and the Nordic Soloist Prize, and a member of the Rising Star programme of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), performing at prestigious venues such as Barbican Centre in London and Vienna’s Musikverein. Ellen Nisbeth has performed with leading orchestras in Scandinavia, and in 2017 she released a highly praised recital disc on BIS records: Let Beauty Awake. Ellen Nisbeth is a frequent guest at prestigious festivals including the Bergen International Festival, Risør Chamber Music Festival, Mora Vinterfest, Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Verbier. Ellen regularly gives masterclasses and, since 2015, has been associate professor at the Music Department of Stavanger University. Ellen Nisbeth also teaches at Edsberg Manor.

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.

*Gimse will teach 2 days during the course.

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 (1979) is the principal bassoonist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and previously held the same position with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also a regular guest principal with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Mozart. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Ekdahl has collaborated with artists such as Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Radek Baborak and Daniel Harding at festivals and venues around the world. Ekdahl studied with Knut Sönstevold, Ole Kristian Dahl and Dag Jensen at universities in Stockholm, Aarhus and Hannover. In 2006 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Gillet-Fox Competition in the USA. Ekdahl is now teaching at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and has held master classes all over the world such as at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the Beijing Conservatory of Music, as well as teaching annually at the Voksenaasen Summer Academy in Oslo. Highlights of the spring 2021 features Beethoven Septet in Musikverein, Vienna with Julian Rachlin, Daniel Ottensamer and Radek Baborak, as well as the release of Jesper Nordin ́s bassoon concerto ”Vicinities” with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on the Kairos label.

Torleif Thedéen*

Cellist Torleif Thedéen is one of the foremost musicians in Scandinavia. He performs with some of the world’s major orchestras, among which the BBC Philharmonic, Deutsche Symfonieorkester Berlin, Vienna Symphony – under conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund and Neeme Järvi. Being a passionate chamber musician, Thedéen often performs in venues and festivals all over the world. As a chamber musician he plays with musicians partners like Martin Fröst and Janine Jansen. He is Visiting Professor of cello at the Royal College of Music in London, Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and a former Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He plays ex Rostropovich Guadagnini cello on loan from Dextra Foundation Norway. *Torleif will teach 3 days during the Summer Academy 2020.

Božo Paradžik

Božo Paradžik began learning the double bass in 1983 with Tihomir Vidović in Sarajevo and between 1987 and 1992 studied with Jiří Hudec at the Academy of Music in Prague. After his studies Božo began his successful career as an orchestral musician. He held principal positions with leading symphony orchestras such as the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague and the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. In addition to this he often played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and as principal double bassist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. In the course of his orchestral career he played often under conductors such as Georges Prêtre, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Neville Marriner, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Carlo Maria Giulini and Franz Welser-Möst. On invitation by Claudio Abbado Božo Paradžik has played as principal double bassist in most of M° Abbado’s orchestral projects in 2008 and 2009 with Orchestra Mozart and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Today Božo Paradžik places more emphasis on his solo and chamber music activities. The release of his first solo CD with the pianist Ulrich Rademacher was the first solo double bass CD ever to appear on the famous EMI / Virgin Classics label. As a soloist and chamber musician he has appeared in many famous concert halls in Europe. The videos on Božo Paradžik’s YouTube channel have been watched more than 5 million times. In addition to the solo double bass repertoire Božo Paradžik has had sensational success performing works which were originally composed for other instruments. He began teaching in 2000 at the Konservatorium Jan Sweenlinck in Amsterdam and shortly afterwards became Professor at the Musikhochschule in Detmold (from 2001 to 2004). Since 2003 he is Professor for double bass at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. From 2009 to 2011 he also taught at the Conservatoire de Musique HEMU in Sion and since 2010 in his place of residence- Lucerne, at the Hochschule Luzern-Musik. Božo Paradžik’s teaching is internationally recognised and acknowledged specially by the accomplishments and successful careers of his students, who are winning the auditions in the top orchestras on the regular basis.

Anssi Karttunen*

Photo: Irmeli Jung

The Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen leads a busy career as a soloist and chamber-music player, performing extensively with many of the best orchestras and musicians. Anssi Karttunen performs all the standard cello works, has discovered many forgotten masterpieces and transcribed numerous pieces for cello, or chamber ensembles. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and his collaboration with composers has led him to give over 180 world premieres of works by composers as diverse as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi and Tan Dun. Karttunen has premiered 30 works for cello and orchestra, among them: Magnus Lindberg’s 2 Cello Concertos, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto “Mania“, Tan Dun’s Cello Concerto “Yi1″, Luca Francesconi’s Cello Concerto “Rest“, Jukka Tiensuu’s “Oire” or Kaija Saariaho’s Concerto “Notes on Light“. Karttunen plays in the Zebra Trio with the Austrian violinist Ernst Kovacic and Canadian viola player Steven Dann. From 1999 to 2005 Anssi Karttunen was the principal cellist of the London Sinfonietta. His teachers included Erkki Rautio, William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pré and Tibor de Machula. He teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. *Anssi will teach 3-4 days during the Summer Academy.

Frøydis Ree Wekre

Frøydis Ree Wekre has been horn and chamber music Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music for over 20 years. After only two years of studying horn with Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto and Vitaly Bujanovsky, she was invited to join the Norwegian Opera Orchestra. She obtained a post with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1961, where she became co-principal horn in 1965. Wekre stayed with the orchestra until her retirement in 1991. She is an active lecturer and participates in juries at international competitions. Her book Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well has been translated into several languages. Frøydis Ree Wekre has been an honorary member of the International Horn Society since 1994, where she served as president for two years. Renowned as a teacher and performer, Wekre has given masterclasses and workshops throughout Europe and North America.