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. From August 2020, Stene is the new Opera Director of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Stene is artistic leader of the Summer Academy Voksenåsen Voice.
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.
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. *Björn will teach 2 days during the Summer Academy 2021.
Henrik Wiese (b.1971) first taught himself to play the flute, later studied with Prof. Ingrid Koch-Dörnbrak in Hamburg and Prof. Paul Meisen in Munich. In 1995, after only five semesters of studying, Henrik Wiese was engaged as principal flutist in the Bavarian State Orchestra. Since September 1, 2006, he holds the same position in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Henrik Wiese has received awards from a number of national and international competitions. He was a prize winner at the German Music Competition (1995) and a winner (2nd prize) of the renowned ARD Music Competition in Munich, among others. He has appeared as soloist, for example, with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin and the NDR Radio Philharmonic in Hanover. He is a dedicated performer of chamber music, as we can see from his steadily growing discography. Along with pianist Fumiko Shiraga he recorded Mozart’s seven piano concertos (Weltersteinspielung), which Mozart’s student Johann Nepomuk Hummel had arranged for a chamber music ensemble consisting of piano, flute, violin and violoncello.
Succes in violin competitions – first place in the Kuopio National Violin Competition in 1980 and getting to the finals in the international Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in the same year – marked the beginning of Kaija Saarikettu’s career. Since then, she has performed extensively at her own concerts, as a soloist of orchestras and as chamber musician in most European countries, the United States, Japan and Russia. Saarikettu’s interest in the music of our time and collaboration with composers has resulted in a large number of pieces written for her. Kaija Saarikettu has premiered and recorded several violin concertos as well as solo and chamber music compositions by composers such as Einar Englund, Paavo Heininen, Eero Hämeenniemi, Juha T. Koskinen, Jyrki Linjama, Pehr-Henrik Nordgren and Einojuhani Rautavaara. In addition to most of the Finnish orchestras, Saarikettu has performed as a soloist of the Swedish and Danish radio orchestras, the Själland Symphony Orchestra and the Slovenian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras. She has worked with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, James DePreist, Paavo Järvi, Leif Segerstam and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Since 1995 Kaija Saarikettu has been Professor of Violin at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. *Teaches both violin and viola.
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 3 days, both piccolo and flute.
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. *Tom Ottar will teach 2 days during the wind course.
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.
*Susanna will also give master classes to participates of the Junior Talents Voice 2021.
”His vocal range is one that reminds us what a real Rigoletto should sound like. I am convinced that him having his own style, and presenting the evolution of the role through his vocal abilities, will make this interpretation one of the most impressive and complete (Rigoletto) performances on the world opera scene”. – Rigoletto 15.09.2018, Simone Tomei, Archivio giornale.
Yngve Søberg made his role debut as Rigoletto at the Opera di Firenze under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in Zürich also under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Same season he did the role as Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci in Graz. In the summer of 2019, he had the title role in Rigoletto at the Bregenzer Festspiele and the role as Amonasro in Aida at the OscarsborgOperaen. Yngve’s first role at the Norwegian National Opera was as the sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca in 2007. Yngves roles as a beloved principal artist of the Norwegian National Opera since 2010 represent a wide cross section of baritone repertoire including: Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello in La Bohème, Germont in La Traviata, Escamillo in Carmen, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in I Pagliacci, as well as the the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro.
*Yngve will teach 3 days during the voice course of 2021.
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. *Teaches both violin and viola.
*Teaches both violin and viola.
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.
Almost immediately on completion of her vocal studies, Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen found herself with a dream offer to sing Zerbinetta at Theater an der Wien, marking the start of a close relationship with this major theatre. Recent highlights include her debut as Mélisande at Opera Vlaanderen and Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, her debut as Sophie for Den Norske Opera, her debut at Dutch National Opera as Pamina, and a return to Theater an der Wien as Agilea in Handel’s Teseo. She is a regular guest of Orchestre de Paris, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Freiburger Barockorchester and Gothenburg Symphony.
Magnus Ericsson was 1st concert master of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1984 – 1999 and of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm, 1999 – 2010. During 1992-2001 he was professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and 2000-2005 professor at Edsberg Manor and at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm. Since 2005 he is professor at Ingesund Academy of Music/Karlstad University
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. *Teaches both violin and viola.
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.
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 2021.
Darrett Adkins enjoys a great breadth of musical activity as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. The Boston Globe has described him as ‘fiery’ and the New York Times wrote that his debut recital was “heroic” and “stunning.” His solo recitals, Hypersuite, ground-breaking hybrid programs interweaving solo Bach Suites with contemporary pieces inspired by them, have riveted both listeners and critics. Adkins gave the first New York performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV which he has recorded for Naxos’ complete Sequenzas collection. He also performed the first New York Performance of Messiaen’s Concerto for 4 Instruments at Carnegie Hall. A dedicated teacher, Adkins has taught cello and chamber music since 1995 at the Juilliard School, since 2003 at Oberlin Conservatory and at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he co-directs the string chamber music program. He earned degrees from Oberlin, Juilliard and Rice University, studying with Normal Fischer and Joel Krosnick.
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.
Melissa Phelps, described by The Guardian as “one of the most talented cellists of her generation” has demonstrated a wide range of musical interests throughout her career. She has played throughout the world as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. As a teacher, she is highly respected having taught at several major European conservatories. She has played concertos with the London Sinfonietta, the Bournemouth and BBC Welsh Symphony orchestras; recitals and chamber music at many international festivals, including Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, Kuhmo, Maggio Musicale; and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall. Her own teachers were Paul Tortelier and Joan Dickson. One of her major musical influence was the late Jacqueline du Pré who was a close friend. Melissa Phelps has premiered many new works including pieces by Witold Lutoslawski, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Michael Nyman. She has recorded for Decca, ASV, Meridian and Teldec, winning a ‘Best Chamber Music Record of the Year Award’. Melissa Phelps currently teaches at The Royal College of Music in 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 and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
Fredrik Ekdahl (1979) is the principal bassoonist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and previously held the same position with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also a regular guest principal with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Mozart. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Ekdahl has collaborated with artists such as Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Radek Baborak and Daniel Harding at festivals and venues around the world. Ekdahl studied with Knut Sönstevold, Ole Kristian Dahl and Dag Jensen at universities in Stockholm, Aarhus and Hannover. In 2006 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Gillet-Fox Competition in the USA. Ekdahl is now teaching at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and has held master classes all over the world such as at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the Beijing Conservatory of Music, as well as teaching annually at the Voksenaasen Summer Academy in Oslo. Highlights of the spring 2021 features Beethoven Septet in Musikverein, Vienna with Julian Rachlin, Daniel Ottensamer and Radek Baborak, as well as the release of Jesper Nordin ́s bassoon concerto ”Vicinities” with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on the Kairos label.
Božo Paradžik began learning the double bass in 1983 with Tihomir Vidović in Sarajevo and between 1987 and 1992 studied with Jiří Hudec at the Academy of Music in Prague. After his studies Božo began his successful career as an orchestral musician. He held principal positions with leading symphony orchestras such as the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague and the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. In addition to this he often played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and as principal double bassist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. In the course of his orchestral career he played often under conductors such as Georges Prêtre, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Neville Marriner, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Carlo Maria Giulini and Franz Welser-Möst. On invitation by Claudio Abbado Božo Paradžik has played as principal double bassist in most of M° Abbado’s orchestral projects in 2008 and 2009 with Orchestra Mozart and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Today Božo Paradžik places more emphasis on his solo and chamber music activities. The release of his first solo CD with the pianist Ulrich Rademacher was the first solo double bass CD ever to appear on the famous EMI / Virgin Classics label. As a soloist and chamber musician he has appeared in many famous concert halls in Europe. The videos on Božo Paradžik’s YouTube channel have been watched more than 5 million times. In addition to the solo double bass repertoire Božo Paradžik has had sensational success performing works which were originally composed for other instruments. He began teaching in 2000 at the Konservatorium Jan Sweenlinck in Amsterdam and shortly afterwards became Professor at the Musikhochschule in Detmold (from 2001 to 2004). Since 2003 he is Professor for double bass at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. From 2009 to 2011 he also taught at the Conservatoire de Musique HEMU in Sion and since 2010 in his place of residence- Lucerne, at the Hochschule Luzern-Musik. Božo Paradžik’s teaching is internationally recognised and acknowledged specially by the accomplishments and successful careers of his students, who are winning the auditions in the top orchestras on the regular basis.
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.
Lene Skomedal, Yoga Lene, is a professional hornplayer and yoga teacher that combines her two passions to create special yoga sessions to make life better for musicians. She has given personal sessions, workshops, classes and lectures for musicians in many professional orchestras, music academies, festivals and courses around the world, such as Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Dublin Brass Week, International Horn Symposium, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Learn easy yoga tools to get the maximum out of your air capacity and recover faster! Get the tools you need to feel focused, free and strong in both body and mind, so you can enjoy your playing even more and just BREATHE MUSIC! A Yoga Lene session always got options for all levels, injuries and moods.
*Lene will be teaching 2 days during the wind and voice course.
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).
Alison Rhind was educated at the Chetham´s School of Music Oxford University and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Edith Vogel. Since 2006 Alison regularly has been invited to work at the Royal College of Music i London. This was formalized in 2009 when she was offered a position as coach/accompanist for the string Institute.
In much demand as a chamber musician and duo partner for instrumentalists and singers, Craig studied at The Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Diana Ketler. Craig spent some time living and working in Germany at the Köln Hochschule für Musik und Tanz and has since worked at the Kronberg Academy as a staff accompanist In 2012, Craig won the accompanist prize at the centenary Kathleen Ferrier Awards, following accompanist prizes at the Thelma King Awards, Great Elm Vocal Awards and AESS Finals. This October will see the release of a Debut CD of early songs by Joseph Jongen with Belgian Soprano Sarah Defrise. Craig also works as an arranger and 2019 saw the publication of a set of 5 new violin and piano arrangements of Debussy Piano Preludes.
Maria Tarasewicz has already gained an enviable international reputation as a chamber musician, duo partner and a pedagogue. The depth and quality of Maria’s credentials can be judged through the collaborations she has had with many great international artists, such as Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Gavriel Lipkind and Truls Mørk. She is also committed to working with and developing younger artists. Maria has performed in all of London major concert venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Southbank, Royal Albert Hall and many others. One of Maria’s current projects is the initiative of cofounding The Thinking Musician©, the platform organising summer music courses combining music as art, philosophy, intellectual provocations and speaking of the artist’s role in world.
Stefan Ibsen Zlatanos is educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music for Liv Glaser and Einar Henning Smebye, and at the «Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin» for Galina Iwansowa. He is currently working at NMH and released his first solo CD in 2015.
The Catalan pianist Carla Fernàndez Boix is often invited at the Didsbury Coffee Concerts in Manchester and she regularly performs at the concert series Cultuur Tijdens Het Middaguur in Breda, The Netherlands. She has played in different venues and festivals around Europe, including Piano City Milano Festival, Auditori Barradas in Barcelona, Concerts d’été en Vieille- Ville in Geneva and Festreeval at Philarmonie Luxembourg. As chamber musician, she has performed at the Grieg in Bergen Festival with Dutch flutist Felix Niël and they have both been members of the Académie Musicale de Villecroze. Carla got her Masters in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Helen Krizos, and she finished her Bachelor of Music with Alan Weiss at Het Utrechts Conservatorium in The Netherlands. Carla is currently a piano teacher at Oslo International Piano Studio and is studying a Masters in Accompaniment and Chamber Music at the Norwegian Academy of Music.