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.
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 Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Stene is artistic leader of the Summer Academy Voksenåsen Voice.
American pianist Jeffrey Cohen has been praised by The New York Times for the “lucidity and poetry” of his playing. Both as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Cohen’s performances have taken him to three different continents. In the summers, Mr. Cohen has been a faculty member or guest artist at major music festivals including Bowdoin, Waterloo, Shanghai International Piano Festival & Institute, and the Beijing International Music Festival. Mr. Cohen’s debut recording, a collection of French chamber music with his wife and duo partner violinist Lucie Robert, received critical acclaim in Fanfare magazine. In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Cohen’s teaching gifts have established him as a leading piano pedagogue of his generation. His students have won prizes in major competitions and enjoy successful careers as performers and teachers. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Cohen has been a piano professor and member of the artist faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he currently serves as Coordinator of Piano Master Classes and Departmental Competitions. He has given master classes at prestigious institutions around the world.
Björn Nyman is solo clarinet of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He is an active soloist and chamber musician. Nyman is awardwinner of two of the most prestigious international competitions for clarinetists, ARD-competition in Munich 2004 and Carl Nielsen-conception in Odense 2005. Nyman studied with Hans Christian Bræin and Leif Arne Pedersen at the Norwegian Academy of Music and with Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California i Los Angeles. Björn Nyman got his first job as solo clarinet already 19 years old, in Lapin Chamber Orchestra. He has also been solo clarinet in Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester for conductors as Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado. His first solo CD was released at LAWO, where he, together with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra plays Debussy, Crusell and Jan Erik Mikalsens Clarinet Concert, dedicated to Nyman. Nyman teaches at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
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, Mari Eriksmoen, Magnus Staveland, Johannes Weisser, Ingeborg Gillebo og Lise Davidsen.
Violinist Lucie Robert, a native of Montreal, has received enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics alike for the expressive lyricism and tonal beauty of her playing. Robert carries on the great violin tradition of her teacher, the legendary Josef Gingold. A prize winner of the First Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Austria, Ms. Robert has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East. Highly sought after as a violin pedagogue, For over thirty years, Robert has served as violin professor at the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Robert has served as an adjudicator for several international competitions including the Montreal, Fritz Kreisler, Jozsef Szigeti, Seoul and Joseph Joachim international violin competitions. In the past several years, Robert has given lectures on violin technique and her teaching philosophy and is a frequent contributor to “The Violin Channel”.
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. 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.
Johannes Grosso is solo oboe in the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester. He has won prices in several international competitions like Prague Spring and International Double Reed Society. He is regularly invited to perform as soloist or as chamber musician and plays with many of the leading european orchestras like Budapest Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Johannes was appointed teacher in oboe by the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2018. He has worked as Coach for woodwind sections in several youth orchestras.
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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.
Emily Beynon is principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. Born in Wales, she began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy and with Alain Marion in Paris. Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily performs regularly as concerto soloist and also as chamber musician. She is frequently heard on BBC radio and Classic FM, and has recorded eleven solo discs to date. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world.
Diemut Poppen is one of the most outstanding violists of her generation. Poppen studied in Düsseldorf, Aachen, Cologne, Berlin, Bloomington (USA) and Paris. As a soloist and chamber musician she has appeared in the most important music centres around the world. Well-known musicians have invited Diemut Poppen to participate in their festivals – amongst others – C.Abbado, A.Schiff, G.Kremer, T.Mork, L.Kavakos, N.Gutman, A.Chaushian. Diemut Poppen performed as a soloist under the baton of conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Frans Brüggen and Claudio Abbado. She is currently Professor for Viola and Chamber Music in Detmold, in Madrid, at the Escuela de Musica Reina Sofia and at Hemu Lausanne. Diemut Poppen was co-principal in Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado and principal viola and a founding member of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Poppen’s repertory spans from the classical viola concertos to all combinations of chamber music as well as contemporary music. Several composers have written new pieces for her, solo as well as concertos, sonatas and chamber music.
After gaining his Diploma at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin in 1995 with Hans Leygraf, he continued his studies with the revered piano Professor Jiri Hlinka in Norway. He is the recipient of 1st Prize in the Jugend Musiziert Competition from 1987, and since then has been awarded many of Norway and Scandinavia’s most prestigious awards including the Steinway Prize in 1995, the Grieg Prize in 1996 and the Sibelius Prize in 2004. As a concerto artist, Håvard Gimse has performed extensively throughout Scandinavia, with recent and future invitations from the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio and Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Norrkoping Symphony. Further afield he has performed with the Baltimore and Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony, Frankfurt Radio the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Belgian National Philharmonic Orchestras. Håvard is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
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.
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.
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.
Bjørg Lewis is one of Norway’s most highly esteemed cellists. As a soloist, she has played with the Oslo Philharmonic as well as many other orchestras throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Baltics. Bjørg is a founder member of the Vertavo String Quartet, an internationally acclaimed ensemble, which has received numerous awards including Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize. A busy performance schedule takes Bjørg throughout Europe and North America. A frequent participant in many international chamber music festivals, Bjørg has also been regularly invited to join the Nash Ensemble for the past five years. Bjørg is Associate Professor of Cello Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
Linda Taube is solo piccolo at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and at the Gothenburg Symphony 2011-2008. She regularly performs across the Nordic countries and teaches piccolo, both to professional musicians and students. She have been teaching at, for example the Music Academy in Gothenburg and Birkagårdens Folkhögskola in Stockholm.
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.