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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Rüdiger Ludwig is born in Mainz in 1970. From 1991 to 1993 he studied at the Hochschule Frankfurt with Professor Günther Klaus. Before he was hired a the NDR Radio Filharmonics he was the basist of the Filharmonic City Orchestra in Mainz. Rüdiger also plays chamber music in the ensemble Kammermusik 21, an ensemble consisting of the two NDR-Orchestras, and Isabelle van Keulen.
Dan Styffe is a central figure in Norwegian music life. Although born in Sweden, his professional career has been based in Norway. He studied with Göran Nyberg, Knut Guettler and Gary Karr. He worked as Karr’s assistant 1981-82 before he accepted the position as Principal Bassist with The Norwegian Opera Orchestra and later the same position in The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Now Styffe is Co-Principal Bassist in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor at The Norwegian Academy of Music and Barratt Due’s Institute of Music. Styffe is regularly performing at international chamber music festivals as soloist and chamber musician and gives Masterclasses around the world. He records for SIMAX Classics.
Dr of Naprapathy Morten Skjønnhaug , have been giving seminars on several European and American Universities on stance, restitution and physical training for musicians.
Praised internationally for his performances of the modern cello concerto, Jakob Kullberg, living in Paris, is one of the most active and diverse young Danish instrumentalists.
Jakob studied in a.o. Amsterdam, London, Zagreb, Vienna and Copenhagen, with Harro Ruijsenaars, Dmitri Ferschtman, Valter Despalj, Mats Lidström, Morten Zeuthen and Anner Bylsma.
Top prize winner at international solo and chamber music competitions, twice winner of the Danish Grammy, most recently in 2013 for his concerto CD ’Momentum’.
Jakob’s recent debut with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London as well as with Ensemble Intercontemporain at one of their inter-sessions in Paris received excellent reviews. In the 2016/17 seasons he will embark on a two-CD recording project with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds comprising concertos by Saariaho and Nørgård as well as the two cello concertos by Shostakovich.
As a teacher Jakob has garnered attention giving masterclass internationally at for instance, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Poland, and has held a teaching position at the Royal Danish Academy of Music since 2005. In 2013 he was appointed to the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme and has been the artistic director of the Open Strings Cello Academy since 2004.
Adam Walker is leading a new generation of wind soloists and was described by Classic FM as “one of the top 5 international flautists”. In 2009 at the age of 21, Adam Walker was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award at MIDEM Classique in Cannes. In 2010 he won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award.
An ambassador for the flute with a ferocious appetite for repertoire, Adam’s interests range from the less well-known French Baroque through to newly commissioned works. In 2011 he gave the world premiere of Brett Dean’s The Siduri Dances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in 2013 Marin Alsop invited him to give the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival. The London Symphony Orchestra and BBT jointly commissioned Huw Watkins to write a flute concerto that Adam premiered in February 2014 under Daniel Harding, which he repeated a few months later with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Born in 1987, Adam Walker studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Cox graduating with distinction in 2009 and winning the HRH Princess Alice Prize for exemplary studentship. In 2004 he was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition and in 2007 was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).
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.
Lars Anders Tomter is recognized as one of the world’s leading viola players and has toured with major ensembles and orchestras. He has made several recordings and is currently professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music