Teachers 2014

Andreas Sundén

 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.

Peter Herresthal

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.

Randi Stene

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 a visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Stene is artistic leader of Summeracademy Voksenåsen Voice.


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.


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


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.

Alison Rhind

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.

Liv Opdal

Liv Opdal is solo cellist in Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and assistant professor in cello at University of Stavanger, Institute for Music and Dance.

Liv Opdal is a sought-after soloist both at the domestic and international scenes. Besides teaching cello and chamber music, she is group leader for the institute’s chamber orchestra. Liv Opdal regularly holds seminars and classes as well as summer courses at other institutions.

She is an active chamber musician and has for several years been festival musician at Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival. She has together with Oslo Philharmonic´s and Aage Kvalbein been awarded Spellemannprisen in Contemporary music for Lasse Thoresens “Illuminations”.

Liv Opdal is a visiting master to SummerAcademy Voksenåsen in cooperation with Stavanger University.

At SummerAcademy Voksenåsen August 4-5.

Andrea Lieberknecht

Andrea Lieberknecht became the soloist flute player with the Munich Radio Orchester, already before finishing school. Three years later she changed to the same position in The West German Radio Symphony Orchester in Cologne. As a soloist and member of a chamber music group, with the ARCIS Quintett and with her pianist, Jan Philip Schulze, she has won many national and international competitions:

Since then, recitals, solo concerts and chamber music concerts with well-known musicians, have taken her around the world. She has played solo concerts and chamber music concerts at international festivals and with many of the most renown international orchestra. Numerous CD-recordings with solo and chamber music, some of them prize-winning, document her versatile artistic activity. From 2002 until 2011 she had been a flute professor at the academy of music in Hannover, since 2011 she is flute professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munic.

At SummerAcademy Voksenåsen August 5-7

Dag Jensen

Dag Jensen had his first bassoon lesson already 11 years old. From 1985 to 1988 he was solo bassoonist at the Bamberger Bamberger Symphoniker and from 1988 to 1997 solo bassoonist at WDR- Symphony Orchestra, Köln. Jensen was a promising youth player and has been soloist for several leading orchestra. Chamber music is an important part of his repertoire and there are several CD-recordings of his music. Jensen is a sought after teacher and holds master classes in several countries as well as being professor at the Music Academy of Hannover.

At SummerAcademy Voksenåsen August 5-7

Natalie Clein

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.



Ida Bryhn

Ida is principal violist in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and regularly invited as a guest principal in other major orchestras. She is professor at Royal College of Music in London and she also teaches both at Norwegian State Academy, Barratt Dues Music Institute as well as Gothenburg University.

Eirik Birkeland

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.


Catherine Bullock

Catherine Bullock is Principal Viola in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and has been guest principal viola in several other orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra. She has been invited to perform a concert at the BBC Proms in 2013. Bullock is an active chamber musician and has made a number of recordings.

At SummerAcademy Voksenåsen August 5-6.