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.



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.



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.



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.

*Teaches only some of the days



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.



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.



Natallia Papova completed her studies from the Norwegian Academy of Music with Håvard Gimse, Leif Ove Andsnes and Liv Glaser as teachers.
During her career she has toured and played concerts, both as soloist and chamber musician, in large parts of Europe, Asia, the Nordic countries, China and USA.
Musicians like Liv Glaser, Philippe Entremont, Jiri Hlinka, Robert Levin, Malcolm Bilson and Bart von Oort (hammerklavier) has been imporant mentors through masterclasses and festivals.
Papova won the First Prize in the piano competition at the Music Academy in Minsk (2003), was in the semifinal in the M. K. Ciurlionis International Piano Competition in Vilnius, and was a finalist in the Conoco- Philips competition. She has also received several awards as a chamber musician.

Since 2007 Papova has worked as accompanist at Barratt Due Institute of Music.



Asuka Nakamura began playing the piano at the age of three in Nagoya, Japan. When she was six, she made her debut, playing chamber music with members of the state Philharmonic Orchestra, and already as a nine-year-old she made her solo debut with Mozart’s famous Piano Concerto no. 23. Asuka has won both 1st and 2nd prize in the prestigious piano competition J. P. Fresh in Tokyo, which included a concert in Stockholm’s Concert Hall in 1997.

She began studying with Staffan Scheja at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2002. When she finished her studies, she was awarded the Jetong Medal, which is only awarded to the very best in higher education.

After Asuka moved to Stockholm, she has received scholarships from the Masonic Lodge and the Royal College of Music four years in a row. She has also participated as a Research Fellow in the Holland Music Sessions and in the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany. In Sweden she has performed piano concertos by Grieg, Beethoven, Mozart and Messiaën, and in 2010 she was a soloist with Västerås Sinfonietta with Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1.
In 2013, Swedish Radio made the documentary “Mozart has never been to Japan”, which is a free, artistic insight into Asuka’s journey from Japan, and about her life as a pianist in Sweden today.



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.




Award winning violinist Peter Herresthal has appeared with orchestras and ensembles worldwide from Melbourne Symphony with Thomas Adès conducting at the Melbourne festival, Vienna Radio Symphony in Konzerthaus Wien, BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta to the major Scandinavian orchestras including Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonic. He has recorded 16 violin concertos for BIS and Simax earning 7 nominations and three Norwegian Grammys. His Nørgård recording was nominated for a Gramophone Award and was Editors Choice in The Strad and International Record Review.The last three seasons Peter has been touring Europe and US with Kaija Saariahos aria “Vers toi es si loin” written for him and more than 15 performances of her violin concerto “Graal Theatre” ,most recently recording the work for BIS with the Oslo Philharmonic and a TV production for BBC.Peter Herresthal is a Professor at the Oslo Academy ,visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, London and NYU Steinhard School New York. He performs on a GB Guadagnini from Milan 1753. *Teaches both violin and viola.



Icelandic violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson joined the Oberlin Conservatory faculty in 2017 after performing for the previous 17 years with the Pacifica Quartet, with which he won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, Musical America Ensemble of the Year honors, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant.
As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, Bernhardsson appeared in more than 90 concerts worldwide each year, including engagements in Wigmore Hall (London), the Vienna Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall (New York), and other major venues. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and the Reykjavík Arts Festival, and has collaborated with Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Jörg Widmann, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, the Emerson String Quartet, Johannes Moser, and members of the Guarneri and Cleveland quartets. His television appearances include The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and the MTV Europe Music Awards with Icelandic artist Björk. He appears on 16 recordings with the Pacifica Quartet and has recorded the violin music of Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson and the sonatas for violin and piano by Franz Schubert.
Bernhardsson serves as director of the Cooper International Violin Competition at Oberlin and as artistic director of Iceland’s Harpa International Music Academy. He gives regular concerts and master classes in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, and other ensembles.
Bernhardsson is a 1995 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory. His teachers include Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, Almita and Roland Vamos, Mathias Tacke, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. He previously served on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.



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.



Mark Messenger has had a broad and varied career. However, one will not find here any competition accolades as he suspects that the Olympic sport of trying to play better than another artist is inherently flawed.

His love of music and the human connection it offers has meant he has shared the concert platform with some remarkable musicians – amongst others, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Bernard Greenhouse, Natalie Clein, Raphael Wallfisch, Thomas Carroll, Yonty Solomon, Howard Shelley, John Lill, Dame Thea King, Michael Collins, Chris Garrick and Sir John Dankworth – as well as some incredible students. He hopes that these connections, some of which are fleeting, and others which last for decades, have in some way affected these people to the same extent as he has been transformed by them.

He has taken great pleasure from over three decades of string quartet playing, travelling across the world to teach, conducting and from his role as Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music. Recently, he founded – with his wife, pianist Maria Tarasewicz – the innovative and provocative Thinking Musician programme which strives to stimulate talented young artists to become the best version of themselves in music and in life. As long as his exploration of life and music continues to provide such human experiences, he will continue the journey with travelling companions from any walk of life.



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 3 10 – 12 August



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.

*teaches 3 10 – 12 August



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 will only teach August 7th during the Summer Academy 2022. The cello class will start their Academy August 7th



Described by the Times as “mesmerising” and “soaringly passionate”, British cellist Natalie Clein has built a distinguished career, regularly performing with orchestras worldwide.

She records regurarly for Hyperion, and has regularly been invited to work with major orchestras worldwide.

A strong advocate for new works she has given several world premieres and comissioned works, as well as been involved in cross-disciplinary projects.

She is the Artistic Director of the Purbeck International Music Festival, and is Professor of Cello at the Rostock Academy of Music in Germany and at the Royal College of Music in London.

Natalie came to widespread attention when she won both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Warsaw. She studied at Royal College of Music in London and with Henirch Schiff in Vienna. In 2021, Natalie was awarded an OBE for her services to music.

She plays the “Simpson” Guadagnini cello of 1777.

*teaches 8 – 10 August



Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi has firmly established himself on the classical music scene as one of Europe’s most interesting soloists. Acclaimed for his commanding virtuosity, delicate sound and passion for diverse and innovative programmes, he has toured the world extensively, performing in recital as well as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, New York, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm and Hong Kong to name a few.

Koranyi has an extensive repertoire and whilst he keeps up the traditional cello works, he has also performed premieres of Julia Wolfe’s new concerto at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Rolf Martinsson’s ‘Forlorn’ with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Anders Hillborg’s DUO for cello and piano and Andrea Tarrodi’s ‘Highland Concerto’ which is dedicated to Jakob.

Due to the acute state of the climate crisis Jakob made the decision in 2019 not to accept assignments that require him to travel by air until an environmentally compatible way of doing so is found.

Recent highlights saw Koranyi perform Bach’s Cello Suites nos. 1 and 6 at the Helsingborgs Konserthus in association with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra due to the orchestra being prevented from performing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jakob also returned to a number of festivals including the Kammermusikkforening Festival Alta in Norway, the Festival Piano Biennale in The Netherlands, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the Rovigo Cello City Festival. Jakob also virtually took part in the International Cello Festival Cellissimo, which moved online this year due to the pandemic, presenting a recording of Bach’s Cello Suite no.1 and a selection of Swedish folk songs, which were recorded for purpose in a quaint church outside of Stockholm.

*teaches 9-12 August



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.



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.



The pianist Berit Johansen Tange graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Anne Øland as her teacher, and made her debut from the chamber music class in 2000.

She is currently employed as Accompanist, Repetiteur and teacher in accompaniment at RDAM. She has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in countless contexts, both in and outside of Denmark.

Johansen Tange has especially worked intensely with the Danish composer Rued Langgaard’s music, and has recorded three albums with his solo piano works – the 4th will be released in 2022. Together with the violinist Gunvor Sihm she has recorded all of Langgaard’s works for violin and piano (3 albums), releases that has received great reviews both in Denmark and abroad.

Berit Johansen Tange has for many years been a regular concert host at the annual Rued Langgaard Festival. She has actively worked to spread the knowledge of Langgaard’s music, both through masterclasses, a Langgaard competition for students, launched in 2021, as well as solo performance at the Langgaard Symposium in Vienna. She is also a co-publisher of the sheet music edition of Langgaard’s collected works for piano, published in 2018 by Edition Wilhelm Hansen.



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.




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.

*Teaches some of the days



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.



The last 15 years, next to her carrier as a Royal Danish Opera Soloist at the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen, Anne Margrethe Dahl has been Head of the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen. In addition, she has taught and educated a large number of Danish and international opera singers. Anne Margrethe Dahl has for many years held master classes together with Susanna Eken. Last season she also taught and coached at Stuttgart’s Musik Hochschule as well as the Norwegian Opera.



The tenor Magnus Staveland was born in Stavanger, and studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Staveland is a soloist in the Norwegian Opera & Ballet’s ensemble.

He has also made international careers as a concert singer, opera singer and on CD recordings. He has performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, the Opéra Garnier Paris, the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, the Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Perm State Opera, Ho Chi Minh Opera House, Royal Opera in Stockholm, Royal Theater in Copenhagen, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Handel Festival in Halle, Mannheim National Theater, Opera de Rouen Normandy, Bremen Music Festival and Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm.

In his repertoire we find roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Medoro in Orlando Paladino, Aret in Haydns Philemon and Bauchis, Evandre in Glucks Alceste, Ati in Glucks Ariesto, Giova in Glucks Bauci e Filemone, Clotarco in Rossini’s Armida, and Anfinomo in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patri and Nerone in Poppea’s coronation of Monteverdi. In addition, there are a number of roles in works by composers such as Handel, Cavalli and Scarlatti.

He has collaborated with a number of the world’s leading conductors: Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Alessandro de Marchi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Andrew Manze, Andrew Parrot, George Petrou, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Marc Soustrot and Karl-Heinz Steffens.

Staveland is a sought-after concert singer within the baroque repertoire. In the spring of 2015 he received great reviews for Vivaldi’s L’oracolo in Messina at The Barbican in London. Later he sang in Bragherona in Gasman’s L’Opera Seria at La Monnaie in Brussels, in Bach’s St. John Passion in Brussels with the B’Rock Baroque Orchestra Ghent, at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall with Vespers by Monteverdi, in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Bergen and in Beethoven’s Missa Solmenis and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.



Mezzo-soprano Tuva Semmingsen studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen.

Tuva made her debut at the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen in 1999 as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, and sang the same part at the Teatro Fenice in Venice in 2000. As a permanent member of the soloist ensemble at the Royal Danish Theater 2000-2016, she has made a name for herself in Julius Cesar, The Barber of Seville, Cinderella, et al.

Tuva’s love of early music has led to collaborations with, among others, Concerto Copenhagen and Barokksolistene. Together with the latter, she has recorded the CD London Calling, and the soundtrack to Lars von Trier’s film “Antichrist”.

Tuva is completing her master’s degree in elite singing pedagogy at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in the summer of 2022, and is also doing a certification education in Timani, at the Musicians’ Health and Movement Institute in Oslo.

Since August 2020, she has been employed as Associate Professor of singing at the Grieg Academy in Bergen. In the academic year 21/22, she is also part-time teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she teaches singing and voice theory.



Ann-Helen Moen is originally from Fræna on the Romsdal coast, where she started singing in her father’s children’s choir at the age of eight. Discovering her love for singing, she went on to study at the Grieg Academy in Bergen and the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen as an adult, before she was employed as a soloist at the Opera in Graz, Austria. Moen’s career is broad and varied, and she sings just as well in the intimate venues as in large opera houses and concert halls. The journey taken her from Tokyo’s orchestras in the east to New York and Carnegie Hall in the west. Recently she sang the lead role in Tosca in Kristiansund, Mimi in La Boheme at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, she has been a soloist with MDR Leipzig Radio Orchestra in Gewandhaus, recorded Mozart’s Lieder with Liv Glaser and sung romance concerts with Håvard Gimse, to name a few . She is also an associate professor of singing at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

*Teaches 4 & 5 August

voice massage & pedagogue lectures


Maria Berglund works as a singing teacher and Timani teacher, voice masseur and performance coach for singers and actors. In Norway her competence is unique. with a master’s degree in classical singing from the Norwegian Academy of Music and a three-year Timani teacher education, in addition addition to a bachelor’s degree in music pedagogy from the University of Agder and and certifications in Estill Voice Training, ReVoice Röstmassage, the Rosing method and several mental techniques.

Her curiosity and passion for the voice, body and mind and how these are connected, is the driving force behind the company Stemmespesialisten (the Voice Specialist). Maria and her company have quickly gained a reputation for being one of the few places in Scandinavia where you can get comprehensive and concrete help with voice problems and their various causes. She also has a long client list of artists at the highest national and international level, from all genres of music and theater life. The goal is to be able to give any singer or actor, amateur or professional, unobstructed access to their full artistic potential.



Åshild Kyvik Bauge completed her teacher education from the Music Department at Bergen Teacher Training College and vocal teacher education from the Norwegian Music Teachers’ National Association, before she obtained a master’s diploma in singing at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

From 1996 until today, she has been singing teacher at Rud Upper Secondary School in Bærum. For 15 years she was affiliated with the Norwegian Academy of Music as a part-time teacher and college lecturer, until she was employed as Associate Professor of vocal didactics at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in 2005.

In addition to her pedagogical practice, Åshild has had an extensive carreer as a mezzo-soprano. In 2014, she published the book “Singing technique in the children’s and youth choir” together with Randi Clausen Aarflot. She is currently working on a textbook in vocal didactics for Gyldendal Publishing House together with Associate Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Kristin Kjølberg.



Ståle Ytterli, from Korgen in Nordland. He is educated from Oslo, Copenhagen and New York. Ytterli is a singer with a wide repertoire that ranges from medieval music to modern musicals. In recent years he has worked mostly with theater, musicals, entertainment music such as early jazz / ragtime and tango. He also has participated in several modern dance performances. He has had major roles in musicals such as Les Miserables, Chess, Which Witch, Lady be good. He has also worked at Haugesund Theater in “Annie”, The Vamp musical “Hello Goodbye”, and the theater monologue “I am my own wife.” In 2014, he was associated with Sogn og Fjordane Teater in the newly written musical “Kjærleikens Ferjereiser” by Sommero and Hoem. He has been on three long study trips to Buenos Aires to learn more about tango singing and to experience a living tango environment. He has now started a tango group (Cantango) that focuses mainly on Argentinian tango singing. He is also a sought-after singing teacher and is associated with the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian Theater as a singing teacher. At the Norwegian Academy of Music, he also teaches drama subjects.

baroque voice


Emma Kirkby feels lucky in many ways:  that she met Renaissance vocal polyphony while still at school, that she studied Classics and sang in the Schola Cantorum at Oxford, and, best of all, that there she encountered “period” instruments known to Renaissance and Baroque composers, the lute, harpsichord, early piano, wind and strings, whose beautiful sound and human scale drew from her an instinctive response.  Beginning as a schoolteacher and amateur singer, she was soon invited to perform professionally with pioneer groups; and long partnerships followed in Britain and abroad, with ensembles, individual players, and record companies, in repertoire ranging from Hildegarde of Bingen to Haydn and Mozart, until Emma’s voice and style became recognized worldwide. In 1999 she was voted Artist of the Year by Classic FM Radio listeners, 2007 saw her appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in June 2008 she returned to Oxford to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Music.  Dame Emma received the Queens Medal for Music in 2011, and in 2019 Gramophone Magazine honoured her with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Amazed by all this, she is nevertheless glad of the recognition it implies, for a way of music-making that values ensemble, clarity and stillness above volume and display; above all she is delighted to see that her chosen field is now a crowded area, full of new young virtuosi, happy to be soloists or team players in consorts vocal or instrumental.

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Christian Kjos (b. 1980) is one of Norway’s most prolific harpischord players. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and later at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. Christian performs with leading early music ensembles, such as Barokkanerne – Norwegian Baroque Ensemble and Concerto Copenhagen, and he has made selveral CD recordings with Barokkanerne, Norsk Barokkorkester (Norwegian Baroque Orchestra), Concerto Copenhagen (Denmark), Ensemble Cordia (Italy), Caroline Eidsten Dahl and Ensemble Meridiana (Switzerland) with whom he has won several competitions for early music ensembles.

Christian has a PhD in artistic research from the Norwegian Academy of Music with his project Releasing the ‘Loudie’ – harpsichord accompaniment in G. F. Handel’s continuo cantatas. The CD Arcadian Affairs with Ditte Marie Bræin and Marianne Beate Kielland was a part of the artistic result of the project.

Photo: Ingvild Festervoll Melien

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Music has taken Catalan pianist Carla Fernàndez Boix through many countries in Europe. Carla thrives on the combination of solo work, chamber music and the collaboration with other art expressions in various
settings. She is currently exploring her passion for opera and studying as an Opera Répétiteur at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Carla has performed in venues such as Lindemansalen in Oslo, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Southbank Centre in London, and Philharmonie Luxembourg. She has played in festivals such as Didsbury Coffee Concerts in Manchester, Cultuur Tijdens Het Middaguur in Breda, Piano City Milano, Concerts d’été en Vieille-Ville in Geneva, Grieg in Bergen and Festreeval in Luxembourg. Carla has been a member of the
Académie Musicale de Villecroze, she has worked as a freelance accompanist at the Royal Northern College of Music and since 2019 she has been of the accompanists at the Voksenåsen Summer Academy.

She appears regularly as a soloist with Solihull Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no. 2, and Schumann Piano Concerto. In
2020, Carla started the project Opera in a Nutshell, with the aim of offering short versions of operas in order to be able to make them accessible to different audiences and venues.

Carla obtained a Master in Accompaniment and Chamber Music at The Norwegian Academy of Music, a Master in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and a Bachelor of Music at Het Utrechts Conservatorium, The Netherlands.



Stefan Zlatanos has his education from the Norwegian Academy of Music (2003-2009), where he studied under Liv Glaser and Einar Henning Smebye, and the Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin, under Galina Iwansowa. During this time, he has also studied jazz piano, as well has having singing lessons and Continuing Education in choral conducting with Tone Bianca Dahl at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Stefan is a University Lecturer at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2015, he released his first solo album.



Ole Christian Haagenrud (born 1989) is one of the most sought
after young pianists in Norway. He earned his Artist Diploma from
the Norwegian Academy of Music under professors Jens Harald
Bratlie and Håvard Gimse. In 2014, the year of his debut concert
in the University Aula in Oslo, he was awarded the prestigious
Robert Levin Festival Prize. In 2017 he gained a place in ArtEx, a
cross-genre programme established by Talent Norge and
Sparebankstiftelsen DNB focusing on developing careers and
artistic integrity.
Ole Christian is a critically acclaimed chamber musician and
accompanist, and he regularly performs at major festivals in
Norway and abroad. He has already received numerous awards.
Among highlights of his career so far are solo performances with
the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio
Orchestra and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. He
has also appeared at at prestigious venues such as the
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Vienna Musikverein, the
Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Shanghai Concert Hall.



Tore Dingstad has a wide background as a pianist, harpsichordist and organist, and he has also worked as a conductor. He was educated in Oslo, Hanover, Freiburg and Paris, and has since his debut in 1972 given concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist.

Tore was employed by the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet for many years as a répétiteur, Head of Studies and Head of Music before he in 2016-2021 was Dean of the Academy of Opera at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

For long periods he was also an Associate Professor in Accompaniment at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he took the initiative to establish the Master’s Program as opera répétiteur.



Pianist Orsi Fajger was born in Kazincbarcika, Hungary, and graduated from the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Budapest as a choir leader, music teacher and accompanist. She joined the conservatory as a professor in the Voice and Woodwind Department, and shortly afterwards she became a répétiteur at the Hungarian State Opera. Since 2010, she has been employed full time at the Royal Danish Opera as répétiteur. She also often gives master classes at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and in 2013 was the official pianist at Placido Domingo’s opera competition The Operalia. Since 2008, she has participated in Adam Fischer’s The Wagner Days Festival, where she has been the musical director since 2014. Liszt-konservatoriet i Budapest som korleder, musikklærer og akkompagnatør. Hun ble tilknyttet konservatoriet som professor i sang og treblåsfaggruppen, og kort tid etter ble hun repetitør på Den Ungarske Statsopera. Siden 2010 har hun vært ansatt fulltid på Den Kongelige Danske Opera som repetitør. Hun gir også ofte mesterklasser på Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium og var i 2013 offisiell pianist ved Placido Domingos operakonkurranse The Operalia. Siden 2008 har hun deltatt i Adam Fischers The Wagner Days-festival, hvor hun har fungert som musikalsk ansvarlig siden 2014.

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