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.
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 both piccolo and flute during the course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Photo: Nikolaj Lund
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.
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.
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.
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 holds the position as principal bassoon of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest principal with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and has held master classes at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Antwerpen College of Music and the Beijing Conservatory, among others. As a soloist, Fredrik has performed with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding, Eivind Aadland and Baldur Brönniman, among others. Being a devoted chamber music player, Fredrik performs regularly at festivals around the world with musicians such as Janine Jansen and Martin Fröst.
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.