Violinist Peter Herresthal is a regular guest with orchestras in Norway and abroad. He collaborates with some of the most important composers of our time and has recorded several violin concertos for BIS and Simax labels. He is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and visiting Professor at Royal College of Music in London at New York University. He has previously held the position of professor at Edsberg Manor and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Herresthal is artistic director of the Summeracademy Voksenåsen Strings.
Praised as the “crème de la crème” on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” violinist Cyrus Beroukhim has received international recognition as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has appeared at major venues worldwide including Novell Hall in Taipei, Theaterplatz and Paul Klee Zentrum in Bern, Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, The Barns at Wolf Trap in Washington D.C., Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and various halls throughout Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Israel. He received a Doctorate of Music from The Juilliard School in 2007 and shortly after joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He has served as guest concertmaster of the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Gotham Chamber Opera and Little Orchestra Society. Cyrus is an Associate Professor at NYU and also teaches at Columbia University.
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. In his teaching career he has taught several of the best Norwegian violinists of the younger generation. He is Artistic Director of Barratt Due Music Institute 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.
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.
Melissa Phelps, described by The Guardian as “one of the most talented cellists of her generation”, has played throughout the world as soloist and recitalist, is in wide demand as a chamber music player. She is also a highly respected teacher, having taught at several major European conservatories. Melissa Phelps currently teaches at The Royal College of Music i London. Her own teachers were Paul Tortelier and Joan Dickson. One of her major musical influence was the late Jacqueline du Pré and in whose BBC Television masterclasses she played. Melissa Phelps has premièred many important new works in the UK including pieces by Witold Lutoslawski, Roger Smalley and Mark Anthony Turnage. She is a member of the Camilli String Quartet who recorded Michael Nyman’s 4th Quartet for Decca and she has also recorded for ASV, Meridian and Teldec, winning a Best Chamber Music Record of the Year award.
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.
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.
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.
Christian Henriksen (b. Fredrikstad, Norway, 1979) grew up in a musical family and has his musical roots in jazz, pop, rock and folk music. He played piano, tuba and electric bass when his grandfather imported a chinese double bass so he could get a «real job». Influencial teachers were Tor Ivar Andreassen, Knut Guettler, Dan Styffe and Janne Saksala. 22 years old he got his first job in Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, where he later became assistant principal bassist. Henriksen plays regularly as principal bass in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since 2007 he is principal double bassist in the orchestra of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.
From a very young age, Isabelle Perrin has been passionate about the harp. She began her training at the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, where she gave her first public recital at the age of seventeen, then continued her studies at the Juillliard School of Music in New York before joining the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and later on the Orchestre National de France as co-principal harpist during 25 years. Isabelle Perrin is regularly invited to play with prestigious ensembles in Europe and the USA. In addition to her career as a soloist, Isabelle Perrin is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and is regularly invited as a guest professor by renowned institutions such as Indiana University, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. Isabelle Perrin has been decorated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and admitted to the Knighthood of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Erik Groenestein-Hendriks’s is harpist of the Gothenburg Symphony. He has previously been employed at the Philharmonic in Santiago. Erik took his Masters at the Conservatory in The Hague and has played in orchestras like the European Youth Orchestra under
Stephen Parker is holding a course in the Alexander technique at the Summeracademy winds. The technique is a practical method for obtaining a more effective and balanced use of the body. Stephen has worked with many known musicians and actors in Norway. He runs private practices in Bergen and Oslo, and works with several of the musicians in several orchestras in both Norway and Sweden. He also teaches both students and teachers at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
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.
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.
Padgett attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. Awards as a soloist include a Silver Medal at the William Kappell International Competition and a Beethoven Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. He has performed in major venues around the world with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He records regularly for film and television, and can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi, EMI Classics, and Orange Mountain labels. Mr. Padgett is on the faculty of The Ridgewood (NJ) Conservatory, and teaches privately in New York City. He performs nearly every Friday and Saturday throughout the year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of Orion Music’s Balcony Series.