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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Hughes holds the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship in piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. She has won several awards, among them the Accompanist Prize in the 2013 Royal Overseas League Music Competition.
Erik Lanninger teaches piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Chamber musician in several different constellations with recordings on Caprice, ChamberSound and dB-productions.