FRØYIDS REE WEKRE
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.
Nikolaj Viltoft has been solo trumpet at the Paris Opera and is now solo trumpet at the Royal Danish Orchestra and teaches trumpet at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. In addition, he has also given masterclasses internationally, at cities such as New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Köln, Lyon, Oslo, Seoul, Skopje og Sofia, Birmingham, and London.
TINE THING HELSETH
Jesper Juul Windahl received his education as a trombonist at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, and furthered his studies in i Paris, Chicago, and London, as well as The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM), where he made his debut in 1998. Jesper Juul Windahl is a highly regarded performing artist, who works internationally as orchestra musician, soloist, and chamber musician. He is an experienced educator, having taught at many conservatories, and is also active as a conductor, having received his education in conducting at RDAM.
Since 2014, Jesper has held the position of professor at RDAM. He teaches trombone and is also responsible for the brass department. Previously, he has also held teaching positions at conservatories in Aarhus, Esbjerg and Malmö, and is a teaches regularly at courses, festivals, and masterclasses nationally and internationally.
At the tender age of 23, Jesper took the position of first solo trombonist at The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and has held this prominent position since then. He has also been a member of the Athelas Sinfonietta, as well as other chamber music ensembles, such as being the founding member of The Danish Trombone Quartet and Danish Brass Quintet.
Recently, Jesper has also been active as a conductor with the Danish Chamber Orchestra, Athelas Sinfonietta, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra as well as other Danish national orchestras. From 2009-2012, he was chief conductor of the Prince’s Music Corps of the Danish Armed Forces, and is currently conductor of Concord Brass Band.