Succes in violin competitions – first place in the Kuopio National Violin Competition in 1980 and getting to the finals in the international Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in the same year – marked the beginning of Kaija Saarikettu’s career. Since then, she has performed extensively at her own concerts, as a soloist of orchestras and as chamber musician in most European countries, the United States, Japan and Russia. Saarikettu’s interest in the music of our time and collaboration with composers has resulted in a large number of pieces written for her. Kaija Saarikettu has premiered and recorded several violin concertos as well as solo and chamber music compositions by composers such as Einar Englund, Paavo Heininen, Eero Hämeenniemi, Juha T. Koskinen, Jyrki Linjama, Pehr-Henrik Nordgren and Einojuhani Rautavaara. In addition to most of the Finnish orchestras, Saarikettu has performed as a soloist of the Swedish and Danish radio orchestras, the Själland Symphony Orchestra and the Slovenian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras. She has worked with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, James DePreist, Paavo Järvi, Leif Segerstam and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Since 1995 Kaija Saarikettu has been Professor of Violin at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. *Teaches both violin and viola.
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.
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. *Teaches both violin and viola.
*Teaches both violin and viola.
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
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. *Teaches both violin and viola.
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.
Darrett Adkins enjoys a great breadth of musical activity as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. The Boston Globe has described him as ‘fiery’ and the New York Times wrote that his debut recital was “heroic” and “stunning.” His solo recitals, Hypersuite, ground-breaking hybrid programs interweaving solo Bach Suites with contemporary pieces inspired by them, have riveted both listeners and critics. Adkins gave the first New York performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV which he has recorded for Naxos’ complete Sequenzas collection. He also performed the first New York Performance of Messiaen’s Concerto for 4 Instruments at Carnegie Hall. A dedicated teacher, Adkins has taught cello and chamber music since 1995 at the Juilliard School, since 2003 at Oberlin Conservatory and at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he co-directs the string chamber music program. He earned degrees from Oberlin, Juilliard and Rice University, studying with Normal Fischer and Joel Krosnick.
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.
Božo Paradžik began learning the double bass in 1983 with Tihomir Vidović in Sarajevo and between 1987 and 1992 studied with Jiří Hudec at the Academy of Music in Prague. After his studies Božo began his successful career as an orchestral musician. He held principal positions with leading symphony orchestras such as the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague and the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. In addition to this he often played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and as principal double bassist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. In the course of his orchestral career he played often under conductors such as Georges Prêtre, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Neville Marriner, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Carlo Maria Giulini and Franz Welser-Möst. On invitation by Claudio Abbado Božo Paradžik has played as principal double bassist in most of M° Abbado’s orchestral projects in 2008 and 2009 with Orchestra Mozart and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Today Božo Paradžik places more emphasis on his solo and chamber music activities. The release of his first solo CD with the pianist Ulrich Rademacher was the first solo double bass CD ever to appear on the famous EMI / Virgin Classics label. As a soloist and chamber musician he has appeared in many famous concert halls in Europe. The videos on Božo Paradžik’s YouTube channel have been watched more than 5 million times. In addition to the solo double bass repertoire Božo Paradžik has had sensational success performing works which were originally composed for other instruments. He began teaching in 2000 at the Konservatorium Jan Sweenlinck in Amsterdam and shortly afterwards became Professor at the Musikhochschule in Detmold (from 2001 to 2004). Since 2003 he is Professor for double bass at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. From 2009 to 2011 he also taught at the Conservatoire de Musique HEMU in Sion and since 2010 in his place of residence- Lucerne, at the Hochschule Luzern-Musik. Božo Paradžik’s teaching is internationally recognised and acknowledged specially by the accomplishments and successful careers of his students, who are winning the auditions in the top orchestras on the regular basis.
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.
In much demand as a chamber musician and duo partner for instrumentalists and singers, Craig studied at The Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Diana Ketler. Craig spent some time living and working in Germany at the Köln Hochschule für Musik und Tanz and has since worked at the Kronberg Academy as a staff accompanist In 2012, Craig won the accompanist prize at the centenary Kathleen Ferrier Awards, following accompanist prizes at the Thelma King Awards, Great Elm Vocal Awards and AESS Finals. This October will see the release of a Debut CD of early songs by Joseph Jongen with Belgian Soprano Sarah Defrise. Craig also works as an arranger and 2019 saw the publication of a set of 5 new violin and piano arrangements of Debussy Piano Preludes.
Maria Tarasewicz has already gained an enviable international reputation as a chamber musician, duo partner and a pedagogue. The depth and quality of Maria’s credentials can be judged through the collaborations she has had with many great international artists, such as Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Gavriel Lipkind and Truls Mørk. She is also committed to working with and developing younger artists. Maria has performed in all of London major concert venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Southbank, Royal Albert Hall and many others. One of Maria’s current projects is the initiative of cofounding The Thinking Musician©, the platform organising summer music courses combining music as art, philosophy, intellectual provocations and speaking of the artist’s role in world.