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.
Tom Ottar Andreassen is co-principal flute in Oslo Philharmonic 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 of flute at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
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 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Lilla Akademien. She has also been teaching at the Music Academy in Gothenburg and Birkagårdens Folkhögskola in Stockholm, among other. *Linda teaches both piccolo and flute during the course.
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.
Susanna Eken is one of Scandinavia’s most prominent voice teacher. 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 and Lise Davidsen.
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One of the most celebrated dramatic sopranos of today, Iréne Theorin is a regular guest at opera houses and concert venues across the world. Particularly associated with German dramatic repertoire she has garnered huge acclaim for her intense musicality, engaging performances and vocal flexibility. A graduate of the Music Academy and Royal Opera School in Copenhagen, Theorin has performed at Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Berliner Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera de Paris, Semperoper Dresden and at the Bayreuth Festival.
*Théorin will teach 4 days during the Summer Academy 2020.
Professor Stephan Barratt-Due has had a wide-ranging career as a soloist, chamber musician and chamber music coach. He has taught several of the best Norwegian violinists of the younger generation. He is Artistic Director of Barratt Due Music Institute – one of Norway’s foremost musical educational institutions – and leader of the Oslo Camerata.
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. In his capacity as Head of Chamber Music Tim Frederiksen coaches award winning Danish ensembles, like The Danish String Quartet, Trio Ondine, Paizo Quartet among others. Frederiksen is highly in demand as a teacher at international and national master classes and is often invited as jury member in international music competitions, a.o the Max Rostal Competition in Berlin and Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.
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Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen won the Queen Sonja International Singing Competition 2007 in Oslo and made the final in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, in addition to being the first singer to win the newly founded Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship. Iversen has studied in Oslo, Leipzig and Copenhagen and has been singing all over the world. Roles he has been singing includes Eugen Onegin, Marcello, Wozzeck, Germont, Marchese di Posa, Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Conte di Luna, Enrico, Conte Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Don Giovanni at opera houses such as Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra de Paris, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opernhaus Zürich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Theater an der Wien and Glyndebourne Festival. During his career he has been working with artist like Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Jordan, Renée Fleming, Rolando Villazon, Elina Garanca, Juan Diego Florez and Leif Ove Andsnes.
*Audun is teaching 3 days during the Summer Academy.
Åshild Kyvik Bauge was educated from Bergen Teaching Academy and as voice teacher from Norske Musikklæreres Landsforbund before she completed her bachelor and diploma of Voice in Performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Since 1996, Åshild has been teaching in voice at the Rud High School outside Oslo. She was teaching at the Norwegian Academy of Music for 15 years before she was appointed Associate Professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in 2005 where she is still teaching.
*Åshild will be giving master classes to the participants of the Junior Talents voice 2020.
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).
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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.
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.
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 and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
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.
Cellist Torleif Thedéen is one of the foremost musicians in Scandinavia. He performs with some of the world’s major orchestras, among which the BBC Philharmonic, Deutsche Symfonieorkester Berlin, Vienna Symphony – under conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund and Neeme Järvi. Being a passionate chamber musician, Thedéen often performs in venues and festivals all over the world. As a chamber musician he plays with musicians partners like Martin Fröst and Janine Jansen. He is Visiting Professor of cello at the Royal College of Music in London, Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and a former Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He plays ex Rostropovich Guadagnini cello on loan from Dextra Foundation Norway. *Torleif will teach 3 days during the Summer Academy 2020.
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The Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen leads a busy career as a soloist and chamber-music player, performing extensively with many of the best orchestras and musicians. Anssi Karttunen performs all the standard cello works, has discovered many forgotten masterpieces and transcribed numerous pieces for cello, or chamber ensembles. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and his collaboration with composers has led him to give over 180 world premieres of works by composers as diverse as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi and Tan Dun. Karttunen has premiered 30 works for cello and orchestra, among them: Magnus Lindberg’s 2 Cello Concertos, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto “Mania“, Tan Dun’s Cello Concerto “Yi1″, Luca Francesconi’s Cello Concerto “Rest“, Jukka Tiensuu’s “Oire” or Kaija Saariaho’s Concerto “Notes on Light“. Karttunen plays in the Zebra Trio with the Austrian violinist Ernst Kovacic and Canadian viola player Steven Dann. From 1999 to 2005 Anssi Karttunen was the principal cellist of the London Sinfonietta. His teachers included Erkki Rautio, William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pré and Tibor de Machula. He teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. *Anssi will teach 3-4 days during the Summer Academy.
Frøydis Ree Wekre has been horn and chamber music Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music for over 20 years. After only two years of studying horn with Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto and Vitaly Bujanovsky, she was invited to join the Norwegian Opera Orchestra. She obtained a post with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1961, where she became co-principal horn in 1965. Wekre stayed with the orchestra until her retirement in 1991. She is an active lecturer and participates in juries at international competitions. Her book Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well has been translated into several languages. Frøydis Ree Wekre has been an honorary member of the International Horn Society since 1994, where she served as president for two years. Renowned as a teacher and performer, Wekre has given masterclasses and workshops throughout Europe and North America.
Rex Surany is the Principal bass of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He is also working as an assistant teacher in cooperation with Harold Robinson, the Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the Juilliard School. His musical education began with piano lessons when he was 7 years old. After two years of piano, he switched exclusively to double bass with Robert Peterson of Trenton, New Jersey. In 2002, upon completing the Vance repertoire with Peterson, Rex then started to study Rabbath Method with Nicholas Walker, double bass Professor at Ithaca college, and joined the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra under maestro Joseph Primavera’s direction. A few weeks after graduating from Curtis, in May 2012, Rex became a temporary member of the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert as Music Director. While Rex was working at “The Phil”, he spent a lot of his relief and vacation time traveling to Berlin to study the Berlin Philharmonic tradition and German bow technique with Matthew McDonald and Janne Saksala. In 2014 Rex won the section position at the Metropolitan Opera, and only one year later, he won the principal position.