Due to the closed border, current restrictions and measures laid out by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health we have decided to host a smaller Nordic Summer Academy only this year.
All applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries have recieved an e-mail today with the information that we will not be able to offer them a spot at the Summer Academy 2020.
Of course the travel restrictions also affect the teachers. We are working on having the webiste updated with the correct lists of teachers attending in August.
The following classes have been cancelled in August:
We are looking into the possibilities of hosting this classes later during the fall.
Letters of acceptance, an offer for a spot on the waiting list, or a message that we will not be able to give you a spot at the Summer Academy 2020, will be sent out shortly, within the next week.
Any questions send us an e-mail at email@example.com
Best regards, stay safe, and hope to see you all back in 2021 for an international Voksenåsen Summer Academy!
Eirik and Anna
Summer Academy Voksenåsen
On August 8th from 19-21 there will be a crashcourse designed to help you plan and manage your own career and develop your own projects. The course will give you a set up plan for your dream projects and a survival kit for future years to come.
Eline Moe Melgalvis is project manager at Dextra Musica Foundation. She has been teaching entrepreneurship at Barratt Due Institute of Music in addition to several national and international programs.
Registration is mandatory. First come, first serve.
You accept your spot at the course by paying the course fee before deadline.
The course fee 2018 is NOK 4950,- and includes a shared double room, all meals, and the course it self.
If you would like to cancel your participation, please do so as soon as possible. The following applies:
- Cancellation more than 1 month before course start: the course fee minus NOK 300,- in adsministration fee will be repaid.
- Cancellation 1 month – 24 h before course start: Half the course fee will be returned.
- Cancellation less than 24 hours before course start; No refund. (Exceptions if student can show a doctor certificate stating his/her unableness to partucipate).
Students may be applicable for scholarships from their universities. Ask your university for guidance.
The Norwegian Academy of Music has a scholarship that their students can be granted. Students from NMH apply for scholarship automatically when aplying for the Summer Academy. The scholarship amount (if granted) will be subtracted from the invoice for the course fee. Questions regarding scholarship from NMH may be directed to Sommerakademiet or Tore Broholt, NMH.
Students at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm may apply for a travel scholarship. See more information at KMHs webpage.
Students at Barratt-Due may apply for scholarship from Venneforeningen.
Voksenåsen does not have any scholarships and will not be able to answer questions regarding other scholarships than from NMH.
The course fee for individual participation is NOK 4950
The fee should be paid prior to arrival at Voksenåsen.
Hungarian pianist Orsi Fajger studied as a repetiteur at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. She is now the Head of Music at The Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, having been a member of the music staff since 2010. She has also worked for many other companies and festivals including the Hungarian State Opera (Budapest), Bergen National Opera, MüPa Palace of Arts (Budapest), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Valencia), Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto) and Budapest Spring Festival. Since 2014 she has held the position of Head of Music for the Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival with Adam Fischer. Over a number of years, Orsi has developed teaching associations with the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), Béla Bartók Conservatory (Budapest), The Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen) and The Royal Opera Academy (Copenhagen).
Emily Beynon is principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. Born in Wales, she began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy and with Alain Marion in Paris. Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily performs regularly as concerto soloist and also as chamber musician. She is frequently heard on BBC radio and Classic FM, and has recorded eleven solo discs to date. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world.
Alf Richard Kraggerud is one of Europe’s most respected talent developers. He is a violin teacher at the Barratt Due Institute of Music and has been the teacher of several of Norway’s most famous violinists today. In 1994 he founded Valdres Sommersymfoni, a course and a festival that has grown to become Northern Europe’s number one course for classical music talents.
Voksenåsen proudly presents Winteracademy Voksenåsen a three-day workshop for vocal coaches with Susanna Eken January 19-21 2018.
Melissa Phelps, described by The Guardian as “one of the most talented cellists of her generation” has demonstrated a wide range of musical interests throughout her career. She has played throughout the world as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. As a teacher, she is highly respected having taught at several major European conservatories. She has played concertos with the London Sinfonietta, the Bournemouth and BBC Welsh Symphony orchestras; recitals and chamber music at many international festivals, including Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, Kuhmo, Maggio Musicale; and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall. Her own teachers were Paul Tortelier and Joan Dickson. One of her major musical influence was the late Jacqueline du Pré who was a close friend. Melissa Phelps has premiered many new works including pieces by Witold Lutoslawski, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Michael Nyman. She has recorded for Decca, ASV, Meridian and Teldec, winning a ‘Best Chamber Music Record of the Year Award’. Melissa Phelps currently teaches at The Royal College of Music in London.
Gregor Witt is oboe solist of the Staatskapelle Berlin and a sought for solist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia and America. Witt is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock, and gives Master Classes at the Juillard School of Music i New York and schools in Spain, Finland, and Poland. Witt conducts the Mecklenburgische Bläserakademie, a cooperation between the Staatskapelle Berlin and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.
Cecilie Hesselberg Løken studied flute at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. 23 years old she won Princess Astrids musical price and had her international solo-debut in Zurich with Mariss Jansons the following year. løken has been solo flutist in Bergen philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Opera and the Royal Opera in Stockholm. She has played at several of the major scenes in the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein in Vienna and with the Berliner Philharmonie. In 2016 she recieved the Aurora Music Award.
Lauren Pierce is a ‘once in a generation’ instrumentalist with the kind of technique, flair, and presentation that leaves any audience lucky enough to see her wield her double bass in awe. Educated at The University of South Carolina she was named a Pirastro Sponsored Artist in 2016. Lauren has garnered an extensive international following through her performance videos on YouTube, where she is famous for playing works written for other instruments on her double bass with ease and virtuosity. She has been featured in many major publications and podcasts, including Classic FM. Lauren has worked across many different genres and artistic mediums. In 2008, she became the youngest member in the South Carolina Philharmonic, and has since worked with prestigious orchestras around the world, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Austin Symphony, the Austin Lyric Opera, and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Lauren is a frequent clinician at workshops of all levels. She resides in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoys teaching and performing.
Christian Henriksen (b. Fredrikstad, Norway, 1979) grew up in a musical family and has his musical roots in jazz, pop, rock and folk music. He played piano, tuba and electric bass when his grandfather imported a chinese double bass so he could get a «real job». Influencial teachers were Tor Ivar Andreassen, Knut Guettler, Dan Styffe and Janne Saksala. 22 years old he got his first job in Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, where he later became assistant principal bassist. Henriksen plays regularly as principal bass in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since 2007 he is principal double bassist in the orchestra of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.
Christopher Parkes is solo horn of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Principal Horn of the John Wilson Orchestra. He has previously held positions in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (3rd Horn, 2004-2008). He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 2012. Other orchestral engagements have included performing as principal horn with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Munich Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Solo appearances have included the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony, with conductors including Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Harding. He has performed chamber music with artists such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Ian Bostridge and Pierre Laurent Aimard and with ensembles such as Superbrass, Stockholm Syndrome and Fine Arts Brass (Solo Horn, 2002- ). Chris has played principal horn for recording artists such as Paul McCartney and George Michael and has appeared on film soundtracks for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and on computer games such as James Bond: Blood Stone and the Uncharted franchise. Chris studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
From November 2017 Braaten is pianist at the Wermlandopera in Karlstad, Sweden. She is a sought after pianist amongst instrumentalists and singers, and have been working as accompanist at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Opera school.
Braaten has won several awards, both as a chamber musician and as solo pianist. She has been soloist with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and have had solo recital with the prestigious Ultima festival in Oslo.
From a very young age, Isabelle Perrin has been passionate about the harp. She began her training at the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, where she gave her first public recital at the age of seventeen, then continued her studies at the Juillliard School of Music in New York before joining the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and later on the Orchestre National de France as co-principal harpist during 25 years. Isabelle Perrin is regularly invited to play with prestigious ensembles in Europe and the USA. In addition to her career as a soloist, Isabelle Perrin is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and is regularly invited as a guest professor by renowned institutions such as Indiana University, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. Isabelle Perrin has been decorated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and admitted to the Knighthood of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Erik Groenestein-Hendriks has been the principal harpist with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He has played with orchestras around the world, and with conductors such as Haitink, Dudamel, Gardiner and Nelsons. From 2007 until 2010 Erik was the solo harpist of the Orquesta Philharmonica de Santiago (Opera/Ballet) in Chile. As a soloist he has been asked to play with orchestras around the world, such as the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nordica, Musica Vitea, and Norrlands Opera. As a chamber musician Erik is active with a flute/harp duo with Anders Jonhäll, a viola/flute/harp trio with Tuula Fleivik Nurmo and Håvard Lysebo, and is a member of the Ensemble Caplet, a combination of harp, flute and string quartet. This ensemble mostly performs French repertoire and has been giving concerts all around Europe. Since 2015 Erik has taught at the Högskolan för Scen och Musik at the University of Gothenburg.
*Erik will teach only some days during the course.
In 2015 Olivier won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Leipzig and New York. In the same year he was appointed principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include debut concerts in the US at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. As a soloist he has performed Berio’s Chemins IV with the Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse, Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Concerto with the French National Orchestra broadcast by Radio France Musique, Benjamin Attahir’s Concerto in Suntory Hall with the Tokyo Sinfonietta and Mozart at the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici, and at Kings Place London.