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 and is clarinet teacher at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm. Sundén is artistic director of the Summeracademy Voksenåsen Winds.
Fors is an active chamber musician and has performed at festivals around the world and is also solo clarinetist of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
In 1993 Fors received the Juventus Prize awarded by the Council of Europe and Foundation Claude Nicolas Ledoux.
He has recorded two recital CDs for the Harmonia Mundi and 2L labels together with pianist Sveinung Bjelland.
Fors studied at the Royal Academy of music in Stockholm with Sölve Kingstedt receiving his Soloist Diploma in 1996.
He currently teaches at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has held masterclasses all over the world.
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.
In 2015 Olivier won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Leipzig and New York. In the same year he was appointed principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include debut concerts in the US at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. As a soloist he has performed Berio’s Chemins IV with the Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse, Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Concerto with the French National Orchestra broadcast by Radio France Musique, Benjamin Attahir’s Concerto in Suntory Hall with the Tokyo Sinfonietta and Mozart at the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici, and at Kings Place London.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fredrik Ekdahl plays solo bassoon with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 2003 he graduated as a soloist at the same school, and in 2006 he won 2nd price i Gillet-Fox Competition.
He has studied with Ole Kristian Dahl at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus, and with Dag Jensen at Musikhochschule Hannover. Fredrik Ekdahl is a frequent guests in orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Mozart conducted by, among others, Claudio Abbado, Bernhard Haitink and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Fredrik Ekdahl also plays a lot of chamber music at different festivals, such as International kammermuziekfestival Utrecht, Festival Mozaic California and Change in Kungsbacka.
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.
Løken teaches at several musical academies and gives masterclasses all over the world.
Tom Ottar Andreassen is co-principal flute in Oslo Filharmonic 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 at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Christopher Parkes is solo horn of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Principal Horn of the John Wilson Orchestra. He has previously held positions in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (3rd Horn, 2004-2008). He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 2012. Other orchestral engagements have included performing as principal horn with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Munich Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Solo appearances have included the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony, with conductors including Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Harding. He has performed chamber music with artists such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Ian Bostridge and Pierre Laurent Aimard and with ensembles such as Superbrass, Stockholm Syndrome and Fine Arts Brass (Solo Horn, 2002- ). Chris has played principal horn for recording artists such as Paul McCartney and George Michael and has appeared on film soundtracks for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and on computer games such as James Bond: Blood Stone and the Uncharted franchise. Chris studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.