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.
Andreas Sundén is solo clarinetist in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and previous solo clarinetist in Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has been soloist with many of the leading European orchestras and won prices in several international competitions. He began his studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music for Hans Christian Braein and has since studies for Hans Deinzer and Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles. He has given master classes in USA, Australia, Japan, China, Corea, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia. Sundén currently holds a Professorship at Ingesund School of Music and teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Sundén is artistic director of the Summer Academy Voksenåsen Winds.
Björn Nyman is solo clarinet of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He is an active soloist and chamber musician. Nyman is awardwinner of two of the most prestigious international competitions for clarinetists, ARD-competition in Munich 2004 and Carl Nielsen-conception in Odense 2005. Nyman studied with Hans Christian Bræin and Leif Arne Pedersen at the Norwegian Academy of Music and with Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California i Los Angeles. Björn Nyman got his first job as solo clarinet already 19 years old, in Lapin Chamber Orchestra. He has also been solo clarinet in Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester for conductors as Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado. His first solo CD was released at LAWO, where he, together with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra plays Debussy, Crusell and Jan Erik Mikalsens Clarinet Concert, dedicated to Nyman. Nyman teaches at the Norwegian Academy of Music. *Björn will teach 2 days during the Summer Academy 2021.
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 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.
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.
Susanna Eken is one of Scandinavia’s most prominent voice teacher. Since 1972 Eken has been teaching at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory as associate professor in voice and vocal techniques. She also teaches at the Opera Academy at the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen. During the last 25 years Eken has taught several Scandinavian and international singers, among them Randi Stene, Mari Eriksmoen, Magnus Staveland, Johannes Weisser and Lise Davidsen.
*Susanna will also give master classes to participates of the Junior Talents Voice 2021.
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 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.
Naoko Tanaka, violin is presently on faculty at both The Julliard School and the Steinhardt Department of Music at New York University, in addition to the Aspen Musi School. She was born in Tokyo and began her studies at the Toho School, where she won several prizes and competitions.. She began her career in the U.S. at Juilliard and is also an alumna of AMFS, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Tanaka is a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble she has led as concertmistress in performances at Carnegie Hall, throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and on over thirty Deutsche Grammophon recordings. She is also concertmistress of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and is presently also a member of the Raphael Trio.
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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.
Professor Stephan Barratt-Due has had a wide-ranging career as a soloist, chamber musician and chamber music coach. He has taught several of the best Norwegian violinists of the younger generation. He is Artistic Director of Barratt Due Music Institute – one of Norway’s foremost musical educational institutions – and leader of the Oslo Camerata. *Teaches both 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 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.
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.
Magnus Ericsson was 1st concert master of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1984 – 1999 and of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm, 1999 – 2010. During 1992-2001 he was professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and 2000-2005 professor at Edsberg Manor and at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm. Since 2005 he is professor at Ingesund Academy of Music/Karlstad University
Mark Messenger is recognised globally as a violinist, conductor, teacher, and educationalist. As a soloist, conductor and chamber musician he has worked togheter with many of the great names. He is member of the Bochmann and Bingham Quartets since 1984. Since 2002, he has been much in demand as a teacher, international judge, external examiner, to give masterclasses and as a lecturer. He is currently Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London, and consultant for the Norwegian Academy in Oslo. *Teaches both violin and viola.
Since his debut on the Norwegian Opera and Komische Oper Berlin in 2004 Johannes Weisser has been working in operahouses around Europe, such as the Staatsoper Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien and Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels. He is also a sought after concert vocalist and performs in many of the best concert houses and cooperates with many of the leading conductors in the world. His CD-recordings includes the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Licaone in Händel´s Giove in Argo among many others, not at least an acclaimed recording of Grieg´s songs.
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.
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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 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.
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.
Stephanie Baer is Director of String Studies, Viola and chamber music professor at New York University. She has toured extensively around the world and currently plays together with the piano quartet Metamorphosis. She has toured around the US with the Arioso Ensemble and has been first viola at the Carmel Bach Festival.
After several years as a ballet dancer Iben Rohde opened her own Pilates-studio in 1997, She is experienced when it comes to training all sorts of people, and have special knowledge in training for singers. ” As a former dancer I truly enjoy teaching pilates, that trains the body in such a gentle way”, Iben says.
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.
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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.
Ida is principal violist in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and regularly invited as a guest principal in other major orchestras. She is professor at Royal College of Music in London and she also teaches both at Norwegian State Academy, Barratt Dues Music Institute as well as Gothenburg University.
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.
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.
Tine Thing Helseth is one of the world’s leading trumpet soloists and has performed with orchestras and conductors in Norway and abroad. She has premièred many important new works, including the world premiere of Bent Sørensen’s Trumpet Concerto. In 2013 she started her own festival at the Munch Museum in Oslo, thaw @ munch. In addition to her career as a soloist, she has also established two ensembles, tenThing brass ensemble and TTHQ. Tine has received various awards including “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards, the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2007 Norwegian Grammy Awards. Tine Ting Helseth is a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
The cellist Henrik Brendstrup trained in Copenhagen with Erling Bløndal Bengtsson and in London with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum. He is one of the few Nordic musicians who has received both the French music prize Diapason d’Or and the German Deutsche Schallplattenpreis. Henrik Brendstrup has performed as soloist and chamber musician in most of Europe, and has played with most of the Danish orchestras. For several years he has taught cello at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, but are now working as a professor at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.
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.
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.
Andreas Brantelid was born in Copenhagen in 1987 to Swedish/Danish parents. After receiving early tuition from his father Ingemar, Andreas made his soloist debut at the age of 14 in a performance of the Elgar concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen. Today, Brantelid is one of the most sought-after performing artists from Scandinavia, winning worldwide critical acclaim for his thought-provoking interpretations, uniquely colorful sound and engaging personality.
Ole Eirik Ree is teaching cello at Barratt Due Institute of Music. He is also artistic director of the organisation Valdres Festival and Valdres Sommersymfoni – a summer course for classical music. Ree has a doctorate in music from Mason Gross School of the Arts, USA, were he studied with the cello legend Zara Nelsona and Guarneri Quartet.
Arnulf Naur Nilsen has been co-principal trumpet player with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for four decades. He has also been principal trumpet player with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He studied in Oslo with Harry Kvebæk, in Chicago with Adolph Herseth, Vincent Cichowicz and Arnold Jacobs, and in New York with Philip Smith. As a dedictated teacher, Arnulf Naur Nilsen has been teaching at conservatories throughout Norway and Sweden, and his students have gained careers as international soloists leading orchestral positions. He is currently teaching trumpet and chamber music at Barratt Due Institute of Music.
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.
Audun Halvorsen, born 1979, studied with Robert Rønnes, Eirik Birkeland and Knut Sønstevold, and Ole Kristian Dahl has been Audun’s coach and mentor since 2001. Since 2006 he is Principal Bassoon in Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, a position he also held in NDR Sinfonieorchester, Hamburg (2011), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (2005-2006) and in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (2001-2007). As a guest Audun has played with orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and so forth. Audun is currently teaching bassoon at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
Rex Surany is the Principal bass of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He is also working as an assistant teacher in cooperation with Harold Robinson, the Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the Juilliard School. His musical education began with piano lessons when he was 7 years old. After two years of piano, he switched exclusively to double bass with Robert Peterson of Trenton, New Jersey. In 2002, upon completing the Vance repertoire with Peterson, Rex then started to study Rabbath Method with Nicholas Walker, double bass Professor at Ithaca college, and joined the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra under maestro Joseph Primavera’s direction. A few weeks after graduating from Curtis, in May 2012, Rex became a temporary member of the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert as Music Director. While Rex was working at “The Phil”, he spent a lot of his relief and vacation time traveling to Berlin to study the Berlin Philharmonic tradition and German bow technique with Matthew McDonald and Janne Saksala. In 2014 Rex won the section position at the Metropolitan Opera, and only one year later, he won the principal position.