We’re delighted to announce some of our fantastic strings and chamber music teachers who will be joining us for the 2024 Summer Academy strings course (4th August – 8th August, chamber course 6th August – 10th August).

Strings teachers:

Daniel Stabrawa was concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker for 35 years. In the era of four chief conductors – Karajan, Abbado, Rattle and Petrenko – he gave around 1500 concerts with the orchestra in Berlin alone, and appeared as a soloist with the orchestra, including in violin concertos by Prokofiev, Mozart, Beethoven, Szymanowski and Jenő Hubay. He studied at the conservatory in Kraków under Zbigniew Szlezer, was a prize-winner in several international competitions and was appointed concertmaster of the Krakow Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1979. in 1985 he founded the Philharmonia Quartet, and from 1986 to 2000, Stabrawa taught at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Watch a short interview about his time at the Berlin Philharmonic here.

Malin Broman is a violinist much in demand as a soloist, artistic director, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral leader. She studied with Lisbeth Vecchi and Milan Vitek before winning a scholarship to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Highlights include performances with the Gothenburg Symphony, Copenhagen Phil, BBC Scottish Symphony, Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, working with such conductors as Neeme Järvi, Andrew Manze and Daniel Harding. Malin is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, which was selected for both the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme and the European Concert Halls Organization. Combining her unique talents as both a soloist and chamber musician, Malin was appointed leader of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2008. As guest leader, she has since been invited to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Committed to passing on her expertise to future generations, Malin has served as a member of the teaching staff at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama, where she placed particular emphasis on the ergonomics of string playing. Currently she is Professor of Viola at Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm. Watch Malin (x8) perform Mendelssohn’s Octet here.

Award winning violinist Peter Herresthal has appeared with  orchestras and ensembles worldwide. He has worked closely with composers such as Per Nørgård, Thomas Ades, Kaija Saariaho and Henri Dutilleux. His recording of Missy Mazzolis violin concerto and solo/orchestra works is nominated for two Grammy Awards 2024. Peter is a professor at The Norwegian Academy of Music, The Royal Danish Academy of Music, and visiting professor at The Royal College of Music in London, Ingesund College Sweden and NYU Steinhard School in New York.

Norwegian born violinist, Elise Båtnes is the first concertmaster of the Oslo philharmonic, a post which she has held since 2008. She first played with the Oslo Philharmonic as a soloist when she was 10 years old under the baton of Maestro Mariss Jansons. Prior to Oslo she was first concert master of both WDR Köln and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Elise is in great demand as a guest concertmaster all over Europe. Recently including; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Real Madrid and Philharmonia and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Away from orchestra playing, she has won a Norwegian Grammy, a Spellemannprisen for chamber music recordings with the Vertavo String Quartet. She is also 1st prize winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music competition. Other solo recordings on the LAWO label include Bartók and Prokofiev violin sonates with the pianist Håvard Gimse. Elise is a professor of violin at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She plays on a Stradivarius violin ‘The Arditti’, dated 1689, generously on lifetime loan from Dextra Musica Norway. Watch this portrait video of Elise and her instrument here.

Maria Angelika Carlsen was born in 1988. In August 2011 she became 2nd concertmaster in the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and in August 2014 she joined Norwegian Radio Orchestra in the same position.  In the 17/18 season she returned to the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster, and in August 2019 she became group leader for second violins in the Oslo Philharmonic. Maria has been concertmaster and Artistic Director of Ensemble Allegria since its inception in 2008. The ensemble has recorded several CDs with major works for chamber orchestra, including Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, with Maria Angelika and Marthe Husum as soloists. In autumn 2007 she began her studies with Detlef Hahn at NMH in Oslo, where she graduated in spring 2011. During this time she took a residency in Copenhagen and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she studied with Serguei Azizian. While in Stavanger she studied with Peter Herresthal. Maria plays a Giuseppe Rocca from 1850, loaned by Dextra Musica. Watch Maria perform Johan Svendson’s Romance with the cellists of the Oslo Philharmonic here.

Stephanie Baer, Director of String Studies, Professor of Viola and Professor of Chamber Music at NYU, has been an active member of the New York musical community for many years. A widely experienced chamber musician, Ms. Baer has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. She is a former principal violist of the New Jersey Symphony and has performed with Orpheus, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonia, The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The New York Chamber Symphony and many other ensembles in the New York area. Ms. Baer has been on the faculties of Bard College, Vassar College and the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College.

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. Watch an interview with Torleif about his instrument here.

Cellist Louisa Tuck is the Solo Cello of the Oslo Philharmonic, a position she took up late 2015. Prior to this she spent 8 years as Section Leader cello of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has recently been guest principal of the BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. As of January 2023, Louisa has been appointed Professor of Cello at Barratt Due Institute in Oslo.  She was awarded ‘Associate of the Royal Academy of Music’ in London, ARAM in 2011 for her services to Music.  In 2019, as a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic in Strauss’ Don Quixote, Louisa featured on a recording with Principal Conductor Vasily Petrenko. Recorded on the LAWO label. This was named a Gramophone ‘Editors choice’ January 2020. Louisa plays a 1745 Nicolo Gagliano cello, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica Norway. Watch Louisa perform a piece by Kathryn Tickell here.

Amalie Stalheim, award-winning cellist, has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Gulbenkian Orquestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, among others.  Highlights in season 23/24 is solo performances with Iceland Symhony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic orchestra, Trondheim Soloists, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, Malmø Symphony orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. In addition to perform the traditional cello concertos, Amalie is frequently playing and also commissioning new written music from the 21st century. She has collaborated with some of the greatest composers of today, such as Missy Mazzoli, Britta Byström, Anders Hillborg. Watch Amalie play and discuss her instrument here.

Chamber teachers:

Tim Frederiksen studied with Erling Bloch and Max Rostal, and subsequently studied chamber music with, amongst others, members of the Amadeus Quartet and Knud Frederiksen of the Danish String Quartet. In 1980 Tim was appointed principal viola player in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and in 1983 he was awarded the position of leader of the orchestra. Tim has performed as a soloist on violin and viola with most of the Danish orchestras, including with Bartok’s Viola Concerto and Per Nørgård’s Remembering Child. In 1995 Tim was appointed professor of viola and chamber music, as well as department head, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Frederik Øland studied violin under Professor Serguei Azizian at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and under Professor Ulf Wallin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. At the age of 23, he won the position of leader of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, and in the same year he was appointed a teacher of violin and chamber music at RDAM in Copenhagen. Frederik left the Copenhagen Phil in 2017 to focus on the Danish String Quartet, in which he is a violinist, but he continues to assist in several of the Danish orchestras from time to time.  Frederik is one-quarter of the Danish String Quartet, with whom he has received many awards and accolades, most recently as Musical America Ensemble of the Year in 2020. The quartet tours all over the world, and in 2020 they completed a concert cycle of all Beethoven’s string quartets at the Lincoln Center in New York. Their CD series ‘Prism’ was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2019.  The Danish String Quartet are the organisers of both the DSQ Festival and the ‘Series of Four’ concert series. Here, the musicians in the quartet take on a more administrative role, while also acting as artistic leaders.  Frederik has received the Jacob Gade Prize, the Victor Borge Prize, the Léonie Sonning Scholarship and the Emil Holm Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. 

Asbjørn Nørgaard is one of the leading classical Danish musicians of his generation. He is the viola player of the Danish String Quartet, and has with the quartet won the First Prize in several national and international chamber music competitions, including Danish Radio P2 Chamber Music Competition in 2004 and the London International Chamber Music Competition in 2009. The Danish String Quartet plays about 80 concerts a year and performs worldwide in halls such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Elb Philharmonic. Asbjørn Nørgaard is artistically responsible for the Danish String Quartet’s programming and has in this function instigated several innovative concert programs and formats. He is also the driving force for the DSQ festival and the Series of Four concert series. Asbjørn Nørgaard teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and has taught at festivals and masterclasses in most of the world, including Yellow Barn and Music@Menlo in the USA and the Festival de Campos do Jordão in Brazil. He is also chairman of the board of Art Music Denmark, the Danish genre organization for classical music, new composed music and sound art. Asbjørn Nørgaard studied at the music conservatories in Stockholm, Berlin and Copenhagen with his debut from the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2013. He is the recipient of Jacob Gade’s major scholarship, the Harby Foundation’s Honorary Award and the Soning Foundation’s talent award. He plays on a Peregrino de Zanetto viola from 1560, lent by the Augustinus Foundation.

Fredrik Sjølin grew up in Trondheim and is one of Scandinavia’s most sought-after cellists and chamber musicians of his generation. For 15 years, Fredrik has been a cellist in “The Danish String Quartet”, which still forms the main part of his work. The quartet conducts extensive touring activities with around 100 concerts a year, regular recordings on ECM records, and often appears as guest teachers around the world. Outside the quartet, Fredrik is active as a guest soloist and a chamber musician, and he teaches on a regular basis at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. Watch an interview with Fredrik here.

Application deadline: 7th April 2024

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