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.
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.
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.
*Randi Stene will not teach during the Summer Academy 2020 due to her new position as Opera Director of the National Opera & Ballett starting 1st of August 2020. Randi’s replacement for the 2020 will be announced soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Alison Rhind was educated at the Chetham´s School of Music Oxford University and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Edith Vogel. Since 2006 Alison regularly has been invited to work at the Royal College of Music i London. This was formalized in 2009 when she was offered a position as coach/accompanist for the string Institute.
Liv Opdal is solo cellist in Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and assistant professor in cello at University of Stavanger, Institute for Music and Dance.
Liv Opdal is a sought-after soloist both at the domestic and international scenes. Besides teaching cello and chamber music, she is group leader for the institute’s chamber orchestra. Liv Opdal regularly holds seminars and classes as well as summer courses at other institutions.
She is an active chamber musician and has for several years been festival musician at Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival. She has together with Oslo Philharmonic´s and Aage Kvalbein been awarded Spellemannprisen in Contemporary music for Lasse Thoresens “Illuminations”.
Liv Opdal is a visiting master to SummerAcademy Voksenåsen in cooperation with Stavanger University.
At SummerAcademy Voksenåsen August 4-5.
Andrea Lieberknecht became the soloist flute player with the Munich Radio Orchester, already before finishing school. Three years later she changed to the same position in The West German Radio Symphony Orchester in Cologne. As a soloist and member of a chamber music group, with the ARCIS Quintett and with her pianist, Jan Philip Schulze, she has won many national and international competitions:
Since then, recitals, solo concerts and chamber music concerts with well-known musicians, have taken her around the world. She has played solo concerts and chamber music concerts at international festivals and with many of the most renown international orchestra. Numerous CD-recordings with solo and chamber music, some of them prize-winning, document her versatile artistic activity. From 2002 until 2011 she had been a flute professor at the academy of music in Hannover, since 2011 she is flute professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munic.
At SummerAcademy Voksenåsen August 5-7
Dag Jensen had his first bassoon lesson already 11 years old. From 1985 to 1988 he was solo bassoonist at the Bamberger Bamberger Symphoniker and from 1988 to 1997 solo bassoonist at WDR- Symphony Orchestra, Köln. Jensen was a promising youth player and has been soloist for several leading orchestra. Chamber music is an important part of his repertoire and there are several CD-recordings of his music. Jensen is a sought after teacher and holds master classes in several countries as well as being professor at the Music Academy of Hannover.
At SummerAcademy Voksenåsen August 5-7
Jennifer Hughes holds the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship in piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. She has won several awards, among them the Accompanist Prize in the 2013 Royal Overseas League Music Competition.
Ivar Anton Waagaard is associate professor in piano accompaniment at the Norwegian Academy of Music with focus on vocal repertoire. He has been playing with many of the leading singers and instrumentalists in the country, on concerts, radio, TV-shows and CDs. Waagaard has been opera- and theater pianist and accompanist at the Queen Sonja competition.
Natalie Clein is one of Great Britain’s most prominent cellists and has established an international career. She regularly performs with the best orchestras, gives concerts in some of the finest concert venues and is a keen chamber musician. Only 16 years old she won BBCs “Young Musician of the Year” 1994 and was nominated best female artist at the Classical Brit Awards 2008.
Eirik Birkeland has a wide background within orchestral and chamber music. He was Co-principal Bassoon in the Oslo Philharmonic for many years and was a member of the Oslo Philharmonic’s wind ensemble. He has a long teaching career as a bassoonist and as a chamber music coach, and has for the past eight years been Rector of the Norwegian Academy of Music.