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.
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. Frederiksen is highly in demand as a teacher at international master classes and is often invited as jury member in international music competitions.
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
Photo: Marco Borggreve
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.