Teachers 2017

Peter Herresthal

Award winning violinist Peter Herresthal has appeared with orchestras and ensembles world wide from Melbourne Symphony with Thomas Adès conducting at the Melbourne festival, Vienna Radio Symphony in Konzerthaus Wien, BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta to the major Scandinavian orchestras including Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonic. He has recorded 16 violinconcertos for BIS and Simax earning 7 nominations and three Norwegian Grammys. His Nørgård recording was nominated for a Gramophone Award and was Editors Choice in The Strad and International Record Review.
The last three seasons Peter has been touring Europe and US with Kaija Saariahos aria “Vers toi es si loin” written for him and more than 15 performances of her violin concerto “Graal Theatre” ,most recently recording the work for BIS with the Oslo Philharmonic and a TV production for BBC.
Peter Herresthal is a Professor at the Oslo Academy ,visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, London and NYU Steinhard School New York. He performs on a GB Guadagnini from Milan 1753.

Tim Frederiksen

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. Frederiksen is highly in demand as a teacher at international master classes and is often invited as jury member in international music competitions.

Susanna Eken

Susanna Eken is one of Scandinavia’s most prominent vocal coaches. 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, Ingeborg Gillebo og Lise Davidsen.

Mark Messenger

Photo: Kirill Bashkirov

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.

Magnus Ericsson

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

 

Alf Richard Kraggerud

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.

Tine Ting Helseth

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.

Henrik Brendstrup

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.

 

Gregor Witt

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.

Rüdiger Ludwig

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.

Craig White

Craig graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2007, where he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Accompaniment. 
Craig previously gained a music degree at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he held the Répétiteur Scholarship with New Chamber Opera, also performing in their professional productions, more recently for Mozart’s La Finta Semplice. Craig won the accompanist prize at the Thelma King Award, AESS Patricia Routledge Song Prize and the Great Elm awards at the Wigmore Hall. Craig is part of TangoDuo, an ensemble promoting the works of Astor Piazzola. He works at Junior Trinity College of Music as a staff accompanist and he began a Junior Fellowship in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

Are Sandbakken

Are Sandbakken is an active chamber musician and sought after instructor. From 1995-2002 he was principal violist in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under leadership of Mariss Jansons. He has been soloist with the orchestra several times, as well as with other Scandinavian and European orchestras. In 1991 he took part in the establishment of Oslo String Quartet, to day known as one of the leading quartets in Northern Europe. To day Sanbakken is a very active chamber music instructor and conductor.

Georg Öquist

Georg Öquist has a diploma in piano from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has done tours in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the UK, Poland, USA, Turkey and Italy, both as a soloist and chamber musician. George has a very wide repertoire and broad knowledge which makes him a very popular pianist and chamber musician. He is part of Oliver Manoury Quartet which specializes in Argentine tango and Joseph Feher Ensemble performing Hungarian and Romanian folk music. George has also made a series of recordings for the Swedish and Italian radio and television and has given master classes internationally. Since 1987, he’s been teaching at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he is a professor of rehearsal.