TEACHERS SUMMER ACADEMY

OBOE

JOHANNES GROSSO

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.

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OLIVIER STANKIEWICZ

In 2015, Olivier Stankiewicz was appointed Principal Oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music. He has given masterclasses at the Juiliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the Sibelius Academy, and in Hong Kong and Japan. Born in Nice, Olivier studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He was awarded 1st Prize at the 2012 International Oboe Competition in Japan, and in 2013 was named ‘classical revelation’ by the French association ADAMI. In 2016, he was selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust.

Sought after as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Olivier has performed widely in Europe, Japan, and the USA. Highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, the Louvre in Paris, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Merkin Concert Hall and Morgan Library in New York. He has collaborated with Alasdair Beatson, the Doric and Castalian String Quartets, Jean Rondeau, Jonathan Ware and Alvise Sinivia, among many others. Olivier has appeared as guest Principal with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Philadelphia, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. Between 2011 and 2015, he was Principal Oboe of the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse.

flute & piccolo

LINDA TAUBE SUNDÉN

Linda Taube is solo piccolo in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and she was also a member of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in the years 2001-2008. She has played in most of the Swedish orchestras and also a lot of different projects with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. 

Linda teaches piccolo at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and flute at Lilla Akademien. She has also been teaching at the Music Academy in Gothenburg and Birkagårdens Folkhögskola in Stockholm, and has been a guest at Voksenåsen Summer Academy for several years now. 

*Teaches only some of the days

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GITTE MARCUSSON

Gitte Marcusson is Professor of Flute at Royal College of Music, London. 

She is devoted to teaching and, in addition to her professorship at RCM, she coaches students worldwide in her London-based studio. She has taught many of today’s outstanding flautists, including Katherine Bryan, Principal Flute of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Adam Walker, Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra; Alex Jakeman, Principal Flute of the BBC Philharmonic; and Joshua Batty, Principal Flute Sidney Symphony Orchestra.

Gitte taught at Chethams School of Music for 16 years and is much in demand as guest professor giving classes at conservatories and colleges around the world. She is founder and director of Nordic Flute International Summer School.

As a student Gitte Marcusson left her native Denmark to study flute with Trevor Wye and Clare Southworth in Manchester. Later she continued her studies in London with Patricia Lynden, Patricia Morris and Rachel Brown. 

After a decade living in London combining orchestral playing, chamber music and teaching she moved to Sweden where she was co-principal with Camerata Calluna Chamber Orchestra 2000-2010.  

Her commitment to chamber music shows in the vast numbers of performances at societies and festivals throughout Europe. One of her 500 concerts for “Live Music Now” was a performance at Buckingham Palace celebrating Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

She is a member of the faculty at Wildacres Flute Retreat, North Carolina, and Professor at the prestigious Old Ox Festival, Stockholm.

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TOM OTTAR ANDREASSEN

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. 

*teaches only some of the days

CLARINET

ANDREAS SUNDÉN

Andreas Sundén is a clarinet soloist in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and was previously clarinet soloist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has been a soloist with many of the leading European orchestras and has won several prizes in international competitions. He began his studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music taught by Hans Christian Braein and has since studied alongside Hans Deinzer and Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles. He has taught master classes in the US, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and in Scandinavia. Sundén is currently a Professor at the Ingesund School of Music and teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Sundén is the artistic director of the Summer Academy Voksenåsen for Winds.

CLARINET

BJÖRN NYMAN

Björn Nyman is professor at the Norwegian Academy of music. He is solo clarinet in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and was previously principal clarinettist in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.  Nyman was a prize winner in two of the most prestigious international competitions for clarinettists: the ARD Competition in Munich in 2003, and the Carl Nielsen competition in Odense in 2005. In both competitions he was also awarded the prize for best interpretation of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Nyman won joint first prize at the International Crusell Clarinet Competition in 2002 as well as the ConocoPhillipps Prize in the same year. Björn Nyman has been a soloist with several orchestras including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Nyman is an active chamber musician and has played in many of the leading festivals in Scandinavia. At the age of 19 he was appointed his first position as principal clarinettist with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. He has also been principal clarinettist in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under conductors such as Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado. He has studied with Hans Christian Bræin and Leif Arne Pedersen at the Norwegian Academy of Music as well as with Yehuda Gilad of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

CLARINET

KARIN DORNBUSCH

The Swedish clarinettist Karin Dornbusch, who has lived in Switzerland since 1995, grew up in a family of musicians in Stockholm,. After studying at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Basel Music Academy, she is now an internationally sought-after soloist and chamber musician. Her main focus is on chamber music and the solo repertoire, which ranges from the classical and romantic periods to crossover projects and  world premieres. She has worked closely with many composers such as Benjamin Staern who dedicated his award-winning and highly virtuosic solo concerto «Worried souls» to her, in which she plays both clarinet and bass clarinet. She has performed the piece several times, including at the Stockholm Concert Hall, and a recording will be released in spring 2024. She has performed with the chamber music ensemble camerata variabile basel several times a year for over 20 years with outstanding concert programmes and has also been a member of the octet ensemble Fiacorda in Basel since 2022. She has performed in various chamber music formations with musicians such as Chloë Hanslip, David Grimal, Dénes Várjon, Benjamin Engeli, Cecilia Zilliacus, Kati Raitinen, Sascha Armbruster, Zemlinsky Quartet, the Gringolts Quartet, Bennewitz Quartet, Bengt Forsberg, Julien Quentin, Diego Chenna, Helena Winkelman and others. In 1996 she won the Swedish Soloist Prize and was subsequently named one of the “Rising Stars” with solo performances in the concert halls of Athens, Birmingham, Frankfurt and Stockholm. She performed as a soloist at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, which was broadcast live on Swedish television, and has appeared on numerous radio programmes. Four solo CDs with her have been released by Caprice Records and genuin classics leipzig, of which “Nordic Clarinet Concertos” was nominated for a Swedish Grammy. She has been principal clarinettist of the Collegium Musicum Basel since 2006 and has been teaching children, young people and adults at the almost 20 years, as well as giving private lessons and masterclasses for students. From 2006-2017 she was artistic director of the Båstad Chamber Music Festival in Sweden and since 2019 she has been artistic director of FRONTSIDE – Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival, which she founded. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, awarded her the Medal Litteris et Artibus in 2009.

*Teaches only some of the days

BAsSOON

FREDRIK EKDAHL

Fredrik Ekdahl 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 including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Bernhard Haitink and Sir Simon Rattle.
An avid soloist and chamber musician, Ekdahl has collaborated with artists such as Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst and Radek Baborak at festivals and venues around the world.
Ekdahl has previously been teaching at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and has held master classes at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, the Beijing Conservatory of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music, as well as teaching annually at the Voksenåsen Summer Academy in Oslo.
Ekdahl studied with Arne Nilsson, Knut Sönstevold, Ole Kristian Dahl and Dag Jensen at universities in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Aarhus and Hannover. In 2006 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Gillet-Fox Competition in the USA.
Being on a quest to expand the bassoon repertoire Ekdahl is frequently performing new music and is collaborating with composers such as Jesper Nordin, Jacob Mühlrad and Molly Kien. 
In 2022 Jesper Nordin ́s bassoon concerto ”Vicinities” featuring Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra was released on the Kairos label.
Since 2022 Fredrik Ekdahl is professor of bassoon at the HfM Trossingen. 

*Teaches only some of the days

BAsSOON

AUDUN HALVORSEN

Audun Halvorsen, born 1979, studied with Robert Rønnes, Eirik Birkeland and Knut Sønstevold, and Ole Kristian Dahl was Audun’s coach and mentor for many years after. Since 2006 he is Principal Bassoon in DR SymfoniOrkestret/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 Luzerne Festival Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the biggest orchestras in Scandinavia. He has played in chamber music festivals such as Crusell Music Festival, Pracownia Fagocisty-Poznan, Stavanger, Risør, Rosendal and Sandefjord Music Festivals and has been giving Master Classes around in Europe and China. Audun is teaching bassoon at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen since 2009.

*Teaches only some of the days

HORN

FRØYDIS REE WEKRE

Frøydis Ree Wekre started playing the violin at the age of 6 and later switched to the French horn at the age of 17. Just after one year playing in the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, she got a position in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. She was employed for 30 years at the Oslo Phiharmonic, most of the time as alternating solo French horn. Later she became professor of horn and chamber music at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She is known in professional circles all over the world after numerous master classes and concerts as a soloist and chamber musician.

Her 1992 book, Thoughts on Playing the Horn well, has been translated into 9 languages. Her most recent book, Collected Writings, was published in 2020. Furthermore, she has made many CD recordings, on brands such as SIMAX, CRYSTAL and 2L. A large part of the recorded works were originally composed especially for her.

Frøydis Ree Wekre is an honorary member of the International Horn Society, and she has been a regular guest at festivals such as the Sarasota Music Festival in the USA and Riva del Garda in Italy, as well as in Banff and Domaine Forget in Canada. She is still active and teaches master classes at home and abroad. Frøydis Ree Wekre’s lifelong educational activities have resulted in hundreds of horn players being employed in professional ensembles worldwide.

PIANO

NATALLIA PAPOVA

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.

PIANO

ASUKA NAKAMURA

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.

PIANO

CRAIG WHITE

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.

PIANO

MARIA TARASEWICZ

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.

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VIOLIN / VIOLA

PETER HERRESTHAL

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 22 violin concertos for BIS and Simax earning 10 nominations and 5 Norwegian Grammys. His Nørgård recording was nominated for a Gramophone Award and was Editors Choice in The Strad and International Record Review. His 2023 album with composer Missy Mazzoli, “Mazzoli: Dark with Excessive Bright”, was nominated for 2 Grammy’s.

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.

VIOLIN

DANIEL STABRAWA

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.

VIOLIN

HENNING KRAGGERUD

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. His extraordinary reach as an artist is a result of his versatility and passion for music, as well as the genuine quality to his playing and the beauty of his performances. His teaching and educational writings provide fascinating insights into his multi-faceted approach to music-making, while his composing, arranging and improvising – frequently bringing his own works into the concert hall – recall the spirit of the old masters such as Josef Suk and Eugène Ysaÿe.

Henning’s eminence as a soloist and play/director have led to invitations time and again to many of the world’s most significant orchestras, most recently the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Tonkünstler Vienna, BBC Scottish Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and Macao orchestras. In past seasons, Henning has performed twice at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Henning is a prolific composer whose works are performed by many prominent musicians and orchestras around the globe. His largest-scale work to date is entitled Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra. Commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with Henning as soloist, the work was composed as a musical counterpart to a story specially written by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder, and has been hailed as “a fascinating composition to return to over and over again” (MusicWeb International). In 2017, Henning composed a violin/piano version of Equinox, which was premiered in Norway in 2018 with pianist Clare Hammond and Jostein Gaarder narrating.

In 2015, Henning became International Chair in Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and in 2017 received a Fellowship. Passionate about musical education, Henning is a Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH). In 2018 he was a jury member at the Leeds Piano Competition, and at the Menuhin Competition in Geneva, where he also performed the opening concert with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Marin Alsop.

Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of the Grieg Prize, the Ole Bull Prize and the Sibelius Prize.


Henning Kraggerud plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù, provided by Dextra Musica AS, a subsidiary of Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

*Henning teaches 4th-5th of August

VIOLIN

ELISE BÅTNES

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.

*Elise teaches 4th August

VIOLIN

MARIA ANGELIKA CARLSEN

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.

*Maria teaches 4th August

VIOLIN

JOHAN DALENE

Winner of the 2019 prestigious Carl Nielsen Competition, Swedish-Norwegian violinist Johan Dalene ‘is not just a virtuoso like many others, he is a voice. He has a tone, a presence’ (Diapason). At the age of 23, he has performed with leading orchestras and in celebrated recital halls both at home and abroad. His ability to “make his Stradivarius sing like a master” (Le Monde), coupled with his refreshingly honest musicality and engagement with musicians and audiences alike, has won him countless admirers. In 2022, he was named Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year.

Johan began playing the violin at the age of four and made his professional concerto debut three years later. In Summer 2016, he was student-in-residence at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival (where he made his performance debut in 2021) and in 2018 was accepted on to the Norwegian Crescendo programme, where he worked closely with mentors Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes and Gidon Kremer. Andsnes subsequently invited Johan to play at the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival and they performed together again in May 2019 at the Bergen International Festival.  In 2019 he joined Janine Jansen and other members of the Crescendo Programme for a performance at the Wigmore Hall in London, and at the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. During the 2020/21 season, he was Artist in Residence with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing concerti, recitals, and chamber music together with members of the orchestra.

Johan studied with Per Enoksson, Professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, as well as with Janine Jansen, and has also participated in masterclasses with a number of distinguished teachers, including Dora Schwarzberg, Pamela Frank, Gerhard Schulz, and Henning Kraggerud. He has been awarded various scholarships and prizes, notably from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, The Anders Wall Giresta Scholarship, Queen Ingrid’s Honorary Scholarship, The Norwegian Soloist Prize, The Håkan Mogren Foundation Prize, Equinor Classical Music Award, Sixten Gemzéus Stora Musikstipendium, The G.T. Bäckmans Kulturstipendium, Norrköping Kommuns Kulturstipendium and Rolf Wirténs Kulturpris. 

Johan plays the 1725 ‘Duke of Cambridge’ Stradivarius, generously on loan from the Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation.

*Johan teaches 6th-8th August

VIOLIN

SARA ÖVINGE

Sara Övinge started playing the violin at four years old and had her first soloist performance with her local Symphony orchestra in Norrköping at the age of nine. At 16 she started her Bachelor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, followed by Solo Diplomas at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and The Royal College of Music in London. During her education Sara was a multiple prize-winner; she was the youngest ever diploma graduate from Oslo, she won “The Listeners’ Prize” in the Swedish Soloist Prize and the Ljunggrenska competition for Young Musicians in 2010. Sara has performed as a soloist with many of Scandinavia’s leading orchestras, including Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Sara was appointed Associate Concertmaster at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in 2014, a position she left to fulfill her passion for an eclectic range of performance and music making.  She is a member of The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the contemporary music ensemble Cikada and has been guest Concertmaster for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Sara has personally collaborated with many of Norway’s leading artists, including Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Bech, Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Trygve Seim, Anja Lauvdal and Eivind Aarset.  Besides working with non classical musicians Sara has also explored the possibilities in movement combined with violin playing and created, in 2018, a solo performance with choreographer Gunhild Bjørnsgaard that had its premiere at the Contemporary art center in Armenia. She also had the main role in the music theatre performance of Verklärte Nacht with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, winning the YAMawards in 2019. Sara engages passionately in education, teaching at  Barrat Due, The Norwegian Academy of Music, and The Summer Academy Voksenåsen.

Sara currently plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from 1754, generously loaned to her from Dextra Musica.

*Sara teaches 7th-8th August

VIOLIN

ANNA KOLBY SONSTAD

Violinist Anna Kolby Sonstad will from August 2024 join the faculty at Musikhögskolan
Ingesund as newly appointed violin teacher. Freshly graduated with a masters degree from The
Royal Danish Academy of Music with professors Peter Herresthal and Tim Frederiksen – where
she was also assistant teacher during her studies – she is still in the beginning stages of an
exciting career as a chamber and orchestral musician, as well as soloist and collaborator on
projects that reach beyond the world of classical music. Recent appearances include playing as
soloist with Camerata Ingesund, long term contract in Bergen Philharmonic orchestra, and
concerts as band member with Dawda Jobarteh band, a project which focuses on combining
Gambian trad music with jazz and rock.
Before doing her masters degree, she spent four years at the Norwegian Academy of Music with
Peter Herrestahl, including an exchange semester to USC Thornton School of Music. During her
masters she spent one semester at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, both stays allowing her to
expand her horizon and learn about other cultures and traditions in music making. To further do
so, she has also done two artist diplomas, one in Sweden and the other in Reggio Emilia, Italy
with professor Simone Bernardini and Alessandro Ferrari.

During the summer academy, Anna will teach Sunday and Monday. In addition to this she will
run scale and technique classes in the mornings with focus on warming up the mind and the body
to be ready for another big day of playing and learning.

VIOLIN / VIOLA

MALIN BROMAN

Malin Broman is much in demand as an artistic director, soloist and chamber musician.

Born in Sweden, Malin completed her studies in London with David Takeno. A passionate chamber musician she has toured and recorded extensively for the last twenty years as a member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble and Nash Ensemble of London. 

In 2008 Malin was appointed concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Orchestra. Since then she has performed Brahms’ double concerto with Steven Isserlis conducted by Daniel Harding, received rave reviews for a her recording of Nielsen’s Violin Concerto and premiered violin concerti written for her by Helen Grime, Daniel Börtz, Britta Byström, Andrea Tarrodi, Daniel Nelson and Jesper Nordin. 

She regularly directs the Swedish Radio Orchestra and is now in demand as a musical director/soloist. In that role she has appeared with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, ACO Collective (Australia), Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Tampere Symphony Orchestra and co-operated with artists such as Pekka Kuussisto, Janine Jansen and Peter Mattei. Malin is currently the Artistic Director of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in Finland having succeeded Sakari Oramo. 

During ‘lock-down’ her YouTube video of Mendelssohn‘s Octet, where Malin plays all eight parts, went viral.

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 (chamber music and violin) and Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm (viola professor), where she placed particular emphasis on the ergonomics of string playing. 

In 2019 she was awarded H.M the King’s medal for services to music.

She plays a 1709 Stradivarius violin on kind loan from the Järnåker Foundation.

VIOLIN / VIOLA

STEPHANIE BAER

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.

VIOLIN / VIOLA

PER ENOKSSON

Per Enoksson began studying the violin with Alice Goldschmid and later with Professor Milan Vitek. After gaining a Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, in 1982,  he then continued his studies in New York with Professor Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music. Per Enoksson also participated in masterclasses with Henryk Szeryng and Isaac Stern. 

Distinguishing himself as prizewinner in the Carl Nielsen and the Jean Sibelius competitions.

Per Enoksson’s career includes solo performances with all the leading Scandinavian orchestras, including the Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Swedish Radio, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö S.O., Helsinki and Danish Radio Orchestras. 

Per Enoksson has recorded several discs, which include the complete Brahms sonatas, Busoni and Sjögren sonatas and Messiaens Quartet for the end of time. 

Teaching posts have included positions at the College of Music, Oslo and at the Academy of Music, Copenhagen. Per Enoksson is presently Professor at Edsberg, Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm.

Per Enoksson was 1st concertmaster of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra from 1987- 2022

*Teaches both violin and viola

VIOLIN / VIOLA

DIEMUT POPPEN

Diemut Poppen is one of the most outstanding violists of her generation. Born into a musical family in Germany she started playing the violin at the age of seven, giving her first concerts as a soloist at the age of nine. She learnedseveral instruments of which the viola became her favorite.Diemut Poppen studied in Düsseldorf, Aachen, Cologne, Berlin, Bloomington (USA) and Paris. Amongst her teachers were the finest violists of hertime: Y.Bashmet, K.Kashkashian, B.Giuranna, H.Schlichtig, P.Schidlof from the Amadeus-Quartet.

Nowadays, Diemut Poppen is one of the most sought after violists, playing concerts worldwide. As a soloist and chamber musician she has appeared in the most important music centres around the world. In London she appeared as a soloist at the Barbican Centre, the Queen Elisabeth Hall and she gave chamber concerts, amongst others, at the Wigmore Hall. Well-known musicians have invited Diemut Poppen to participate in their festivals – amongst others – C.Abbado, A.Schiff, G.Kremer, T.Mork, L.Kavakos, N.Gutman, A.Chaushian.

Diemut Poppen performed as a soloist under the baton of conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Frans Brüggen and Claudio Abbado (Carnegie Hall, New York). She has been awarded the European Music Prize.

Diemut Poppen was co-principal viola in Lucerne Festival Orchestra and principal viola whilst a founding member of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She was Artistic Director of several chamber music festivals, currently of Cantabile Festival Lisboa and Rigi Musiktage in Switzerland.

Poppen’s repetoire is exceptionally wide. It spans from the classical viola concertos to all combinations of chamber music as well as contemporary music. Several composers have written new pieces for her. Diemut Poppen has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Capriccio, Live classics, EMI, Tudor, Ondine and BIS.

Diemut Poppen is Professor for Viola and Chamber Music at Detmold, at the Escuela de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid and at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Her students are always successful and win important positions in European orchestras and Universities.

*Teaches only some of the days. Teaches both violin and viola

VIOLA

SIGGE ELLEN NISBETH

“A genuine rising star” is how The Strad Magazine described Sigge E Nisbeth, giving their CD ‘Let Beauty Awake’ (BIS, 2017) with works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke and Benjamin Britten their “Editors Choice” Award. Since their debut in 2012, when they became the first violist ever to win the Soloist Prize and Norwegian Soloist Prize, the most prestigious prizes for young musicians in the Nordics, Sigge has established themself as one of the leading viola players on the international scene. In 2014, they premiered together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Britta Byström’s viola concerto, written especially for Nisbeth. The disc recording of the concert was nominated for a Grammy, and Gramophone Magazine hailed them as “a model soloist”. They were selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation ‘ECHO’ as a Rising Star for the 207/2018 season, and gave concerts across Europe with pianist Bengt Forsberg. They perform regularly at international festivals including Verbier, Bergen, Vinterfest, and Risør Chamber Festival, where they performed with artists such as Martin Fröst, Alexander Melnikov and Leif Ove Andsnes.

Nature is a recurring source of inspiration for Nisbeth, and their Sami origins inspired Andrea Tarrodi to write her acclaimed concerto for viola, joik and orchestra, Ur Ædnan, which was premiered in 2018 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. In 2021, the work was performed at the Royal Opera in Stockholm in a staged version which was later broadcast on SVT2 Kulturstudion. Nisbeth has appeared as a soloist with some of the leading orchestras in Scandinavia and Europe, and has worked with conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Dalia Stasevka. Sigge’s desire to give the viola a place in contemporary music has led to composers duch as Tarrodi, Britta Byström, Katarina Leyman, Loke Risberg and Outi Tarkiainen writing concertos and solo works for them. Between 2014 and 2023, Sigge has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Edsbergs Slott. They are also a sought-after guest lecturer at several universities in Europe and at NYU Steinhart.

Sigge also collaborates with artists from other genres and disciplines, including actress Anita Wall, artist Maxida Märak and electric guitarist Loke Risberg. In 2022 a CD of Allan Pettersson’s viola concerto and solo works was released on BIS, as well as Nisbeth’s edition of Allan Pettersson’s solo viola works at Gehrmans Musikförlag. A solo album of works by Tarkiainen, Byström and Tarrodi will be released on BIS Records.

Sigge E Nisbeth plays a Dom Nicolo Amati viola from 1714 and a Benoît Rolland bow.

*Teaches on 7th-8th August

VIOLIN / VIOLA

MARI SAMUELSEN

Imaginative and eloquent, violinist Mari Samuelsen is known for her breath-taking artistry and adventurous approach to programming and presentation. With a technique that blends virtuosity and entrancing musical finesse, Mari presents an innovative musical universe that knows no barriers between the music of such composers as Anna Meredith, Max Richter, Hannah Peel, Caroline Shaw, Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks and Jeff Mills, and that of Bach, Phillip Glass, Beethoven and Vivaldi. Her drive to not do what is traditionally expected, is what has turned Mari Samuelsen into an inspiration for a global audience. 

Mari has appeared as soloist and recitalist on many of the world’s leading stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, London’s Barbican Centre, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Paris’ Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. She has recently performed with the Orchestre National de Lyon, with appearances at the Berlin Philharmonie and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, as well as the Radio France Festival in Montpellier.

Mari is an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. 2022 marks the release of her second album for the distinctive Yellow Label, named LYS, meaning “light” in Norwegian features new commissions for her from the likes of Hannah Peel, Anna Meredith, Laura Massoto and MEREDI as well as existing works from Caroline Shaw and Hildur Guðnadóttir. In 2019 she released MARI, her debut recording, and was lauded by Gramophone magazine for her ‘Seriously impressive playing…hand-crafted precision.’ As well as dominating the classical charts, MARI and her previous albums were also number 1 hits in the popular charts in her home county of Norway. 

A classically trained violinist, her studies with Arve Tellefsen and later at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo were followed by a decade with world-renowned professor Zakhar Bron at the Zurich University of the Arts. 

Picture by Deutsche Grammophon/ Jonathan Vivaas Kise.

*Teaches only some of the days. Teaches both violin and viola

CELLO

TORLEIF THEDÉEN

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.

CELLO

HÉLÈNE DAUTRY

Recognised as being one of the most outstanding figures of her generation, Hélène Dautry is a much sought after cellist and teacher. Pupil of Maurice Gendron, Hélène has inherited one of the most beautiful representations of the French Cello School. Holder of the coveted First Prize of the CNSM of Paris and the Prize of the International ‘Maurice Ravel Academy’, she performed for 12 years worldwide as a soloist with the orchestra of Jean-Francois Paillard, and was cello solo in the Orchestra in Besancon, under the leadership of Peter Csaba. 
 
Holder of the C A the highest teaching diploma in France, Hélène is currently professor at the RCM in London, at the CRR in Paris, and at the Ecole Normale de Musique ‘Alfred Cortot in Paris. 
 
Invited to numerous festivals and examining boards, she continues her career as a soloist and chamber music artist. 

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HENRIK BRENDSTRUP

Born in Denmark, Henrik studied at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen with Erling Bløndal Bengtsson, and later in London with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum. 

He joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1987, shortly after having done his first tour. Since then, Henrik has been working extensively with the Orchestra. 

He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, and is a regular guest at highly profiled international chamber music festivals. 

His numerous recordings include the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven, solo works for cello by Sofia Gubaidulina, and cello works by Chopin and Liszt which won the French award “Diapason d’Or”. 

Henrik is a very active chamber musician and has been the cellist of several leading ensembles in Denmark, such as The Danish String Quartet, the string sextet “Copenhagen Classic”, and the Gefion Trio. 

He is currently Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Denmark. 

*Teaches only some of the days

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LOUISA TUCK

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.

*Louisa teaches 4th August

cello

AMALIE STALHEIM

Award winning cellist, Amalie Stalheim (b. 1993) 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.

Amalie Stalheim plays on a cello built by F. Ruggieri (1687) generously lent to her by Anders Sveaas Foundation in Norway.

Photo c. Bård Gundersen

*Amalie teaches 5th-6th August

CHAMBER MUSIC

TIM FREDERIKSEN

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.

CHAMBER MUSIC & VIOLIN / VIOLA

FREDERIK ØLAND – DANISH STRING QUARTET

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. 

Photo by Caroline Bittencourt.

CHAMBER MUSIC & VIOLIN / VIOLA

ASBJØRN NØRGAARD – DANISH STRING QUARTET

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 only some of the days.

Photo by Caroline Bittencourt.

CHAMBER MUSIC & CELLO

FREDRIK SCHØYEN SJÖLIN – DANISH STRING QUARTET

Fredrik Sjølin (b. 1982) 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. 

*Teaches only some of the days.

PIANO

CRAIG WHITE

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.

PIANO

BERIT JOHANSEN TANGE

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.

PIANO

NELSON PADGETT

Nelson Padgett enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist and collaborator. He has appeared
with the Houston, National, and North Carolina Symphonies, and his many awards include a
silver medal at the William Kapell International Competition and a Beethoven Fellowship from
the American Pianists Association. A former student of Leon Fleisher, he toured the world with
the Philip Glass Ensemble for over thirty years. Specializing in collaboration with string players,
he has given recitals with renowned violinists such as Pamela Frank and Elmar Oliveira, and
has been an official pianist at the Meadowmount School of Music, the International Violin
Competition of Indianapolis, and the Cooper International Violin Competition. Since 2011 he
has been a pianist at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. A native of North Carolina,
Mr. Padgett has lived in New York City since 1987, and spends most of his time playing with
string students at The Juilliard School and New York University. He can be heard in the
soundtrack for the recent movie May December, starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore.

PIANO

MARIA TARASEWICZ

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.

VOICE

VOICE

RANDI STENE

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 program.

*Teaches part-time

VOICE

SUSANNA EKEN

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.

VOICE

ANNE MARGRETHE DAHL

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.

VOICE

AUDUN IVERSEN

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.

Audun has appeared at some of the most distinguished houses worldwide including Royal Danish Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, English National Opera, Opera di Roma and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Concert performances include Carmina Burana with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Britten’s War Requiem with the New Japan Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Harding.

Recent operatic engagements include title role in Wozzeck and Posa Don Carlo) at Oper Frankfurt; his debut at Grand Théâtre de Genève as Zurga (Pecheurs de Perles), Marcello (La bohème) for his return to San Francisco Opera and the Royal Danish Opera, his Paris Opera debut as Fieramosca (Benvenuto Cellini), Alfio/Tonio (Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana) at Opera Graz; Albert (Werther) for Opernhaus Zürich, Posa (Don Carlo) at Oper Frankfurt, Count (Le nozze di Figaro) for Den Norske Opera and Olivier (Capriccio) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

VOICE

TUVA SEMMINGSEN

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.

VOICE

IRÉNE THEORIN

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, Opéra national de Paris, Semperoper Dresden and at the Bayreuther Festspiele.

In the 2023/24 season she returns to two of her signature roles at Staatsoper Stuttgart: Die Färberin in David Hermann’s new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten and the title role of Elektra, both under the musical direction of Cornelius Meister. Theorin also joined Lise Davidsen and Waltraud Meier last season at the Gran Teatre del Liceu for a spectacular 175th anniversary concert featuring music by Wagner and Strauss, under the baton of Josep Pons.

Her DVD recordings include Elektra from Salzburg Festival and Götterdämmerung from the Teatro alla Scala, both released by Arthaus, Tristan und Isolde from Bayreuth on Opus Arté and the award-winning Ring Cycle from Copenhagen on Decca. In March 2015, she was awarded singer of the year in Spain for her interpretation of Brünnhilde in Die Walküre in Barcelona 2014, and she has been knighted in the Order of the Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Junior voice

ÅSHILD KYVIK BAUGE

Åshild Kyvik Bauge completed her teacher training from the Music Department at Bergen Teacher Training College and vocal teacher training from the Norwegian Music Teachers’ National Association, before she obtained a master’s diploma in singing at the Norwegian Academy of Music. From 1996, she is 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 career as a mezzo-soprano.

In 2015, she published the book “Singing technique in the children’s and youth choir” together with Randi Clausen Aarflot. Together with Associate Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music Kristin Kjølberg, in January 2024 she published the book “Stemmens signatur”, a textbook in vocal didactics, for Gyldendal Publishing House. This is a vocalidactic textbook that, through theoretical and practical descriptions, presents song training in a holistic perspective.


Åshild has contributed to both Voksenåsen Winter and Summer Academy, and this will be the fourth time she teaches the junior class at the Summer Academy.

JUNIOR VOICE

STÅLE YTTERLI

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.

VOCAL

BO SKOVHUS

Bo Skovhus is a Danish singer (baritone). He divides his business between opera, lieder and teaching.  

Skovhus was educated at the Music Conservatory in Aarhus, the Opera Academy in Copenhagen and in New York. After a sensational debut at the Vienna Volksoper in 1988, where he stepped in at short notice in the title role of Don Giovanni (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), he quickly made a career on the largest international opera stages, such as the Metropolitan in New York, The Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Paris Opera, as well as the two opera houses in Vienna, at the Salzburg Festival and a number of other festivals. 

Skovhus is also active as an educator, such as at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He has been a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music since 2014. 

PIANO

OLE CHRISTIAN HAAGENRUD

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 prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Vienna Musikverein, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Shanghai Concert Hall.

PIANO

SOFIA WILKMAN

The Finnish-Swedish pianist Sofia Wilkman graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Finland in 2012 and later made her debut as a soloist from the Royal Danish Academy of Music. She has since been a sought-after pianist, chamber musician and repetitor, and has played concerts all over Europe and in the United States and collaborates with some of the best Nordic singers. Since 2013, Sofia Wilkman has worked as a repetitor at the Opera Academy at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen.

PIANO

MARINA SELVIK

Marina Kan Selvik is winner of several international competitions: Clamo Spain, J.Vitols Latvia, German Piano Open Hannover, Nordic Piano Competition Sweden, Munich Klavierpodium and Concours Mayenne in France. Soloist with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Armenian State Orchestra, Lithuanian National Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Murcia, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. Marina has given solo and chamber music concerts at festivals in Japan, Canada, Germany, Lithuania and England. Graduated solo piano from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Royal Academy of Music, London, master degree opera repetiteur Norwegian Academy of Music and currently working at Barratt Due Music Institute. Regularly involved in opera productions at the Opera Academy at Oslo National Academy of Arts.

PIANO

LAURITS DRAGSTED

Laurits Dragsted is a soloist class graduate from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. He is one of Denmark’s most sought-after young repetiteurs and a former Young Artist at the Royal Theatre. In the autumn of 2023, he conducted the Royal Opera Choir on the backstage of Verdi’s Aida and in recent years has been a repeater in numerous of the Opera’s productions with International Conductors such as Paolo Carignani and Julia Jones. This includes titles such as La Traviata, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Carmen, The Manual and The Seven Deadly Sins, Aida and Peter Grimes.

He has won 2nd prize in the Copehagen Lied duo competition and gives Lied concerts at prominent festivals including Hindsgavl festival, Hvide sande Festival, Lindegaards concerts, Fuglsang music association etc.

Laurits has also made his debut as continuo pianist at the Royal Theatre’s production of Rossini’s Cinderella in autumn 2022 and regularly plays in the royal chapel.

In 23/24, Laurits has had a contract with the Opera Academy in Copenhagen and is also a regular pianist for the international Malko Academy for outstanding conducting talents.

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STEFAN IBSEN ZLATANOS

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.

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ORSI FAJGER

Pianist Orsi Fajger was born in Kazincbarcika, Hungary, and graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest as a chorus master, music teacher and repetiteur/accompanist. After graduation she joined the Liszt Academy as a professor in the Voice and Woodwind Department, and shortly afterwards she became a répétiteur at the Hungarian State Opera as well. Since 2010, she has been employed full time at the Royal Danish Opera as a repetiteur and since 2017 she has been working as Head of Music. In the 2022/23 season, she fulfils a role as Interim Casting Consultant at the Opera in Copenhagen. She 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 ‘Budapest Wagner Days’, where she has been Head of Music Staff since 2014. 

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TORE DINGSTAD

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.

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OLESYA TUTOVA

Olesya Tutova is an awardwinner of the international piano and chamber music competitions, educated at the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She is permanently employed at Oslo National Academy of the Arts as an opera répétiteur and director of studies.

Olesya accompanied the singers at the International Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition in 2013 and 2016, the International Tchaikovsky competition in 2015, The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in 2019.

Olesya participated in the Festival ‘Veranos de la villa de Madrid’ (Spain), Saaremaa Opera Festival (Estonia), ‘Prahova Classic Nights’ Festival (Romania), Xanten Opera Festival (Germany), 58th Wiltz Opera Festival (Luxembourg), collaborated with Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico in Madrid, Warsaw National Opera, Wroclaw Opera, Kraków Philharmonic. Olesya has been an opera- répétiteur for the following premieres: Angels in America by Peter Eötvös under Peter Eötvös at Wroclaw Opera (2012), Iolanta by Tchaikovsky under Bassem Akiki at Warsaw National Opera, Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns under Jacques Delacôte at Savonlinna Opera festival (2013), Fiery Angel by Prokofiev during Kazushi Ōno at the Aix-en-provence Opera festival (2018), as well as the productions of Spar Dame by Tchaikovsky (2018), Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky (2020, 2023) and L’enfant et les sortileges by Ravel (2023) at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo.

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ISABELLE PERRIN

Isabelle Perrin, former co-principal harpist with the Orchestre National de France, has given recitals and concerto performances worldwide leading her to a truly international career. She has also recorded numbers of CD’s, including harp solo repertoire, chamber music and concertos from the 18th century to contemporary music. A devoted teacher, Isabelle gives masterclasses round the globe and after teaching at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris is now Professor of Harp and Head of Strings at the Norwegian Academy of Music, in Oslo and an appointed Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

President and Artistic Director to the 6th European Harp Symposium held in France, Isabelle is currently Artistic Director to the WHC, Honorary Associate to the Royal Academy of Music in London and has been knighted in the French Order of the Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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ERIK GROENESTEIN-HENDRIKS

Erik Groenestein-Hendriks, from the Netherlands, has been the principal harpist with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He played with orchestras around the world with conductors as Haitink, Dudamel, Gardiner and Nelssons. From 2007 until 2010 Erik was the solo harpist of the Orquesta Philharmonica de Santiago (Opera/Ballet) in Chile. He has performed with, among others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and more than 30 other orchestras in Europe. In Sweden he has been a soloist with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitea, and Camerata Nordica, among others.

As a soloist he has been asked to play with orchestras around the world, such as the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nordica, Musica Vitea, Norrlands opera. 

In 2012 Erik bought a 120-year old Erard harp. With this instrument he played with well known historical-instrument ensembles such as the Combattimento Consort (Netherlands), Balthasar Neumann Ensemble (Germany), Anima Eterna (Belgium), Les Siegles (France), the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (Sir John Eliot Gardiner, England) and Concerto Köln (Kent Nagano, Germany). Erik plays chamber music in various ensembles (such as “Ensemble Caplet”) and often guest performs at festivals and has participated in radio recordings.

Since 2015 Erik has taught at the Högskolan för Scen och Musik at the University of Gothenburg. Together with Isabelle Perrin and Stephen Parker, he organizes courses and festivals in Sweden and Norway.

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STEPHEN PARKER

Stephen Parker teaches the Alexander Technique to many known musicians and actors in Norway. The Alexander Technique is a practical method for achieving a more effective and balanced use of the self. The principles of the Technique help to increase awareness of how one responds to the varied stimuli of life and to better detect unnecessary and excessive tensions in the tasks performed.  

Stephen runs private practices in Bergen and Oslo, and works with many musicians in several national orchestras in both Norway and Sweden, including the National Opera in Oslo, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Opera. He also has a permanent position at the Norwegian Academy of Music where he teaches both students and teachers. He emphasizes the direct application of the Technique to playing and practicing. 

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CHRISTOPHER PARK

“Christopher Park is a pianist who captivates with his fascinating technical mastery, astounding musical maturity, and a particularly intense performance style” – this was the explanation given by the jury upon awarding Christopher Park the renowned Leonard Bernstein Award 2014. 

Numerous important ensembles have engaged Park, a German-born musician, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Norwegian National Opera, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, China NCPA Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, English Chamber Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony. 

So far he has worked with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi, Sebastian Weigle, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Ion Marin, James Gaffigan, Zsolt Hamar and Dimitri Kitaenko. He has given concerts all over the world and played at events including the Ravinia Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. As soloist he debuted in renowned concert halls in Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Musikverein & Konzerthaus Vienna, Konserthus Stockholm, Opera Oslo, Müpa Budapest, Gulbenkian Lisboa, Philharmonie Berlin, Seoul Arts Center, Kennedy Center Washington D.C., and others. 

Next to his solo albums with Deutsche Grammophon, his CD with works by Schumann, Stravinsky and Neuwirth is celebrated in European magazines as “brilliant recording” and “reference version”. It is released with Oehms Classics. 

Christopher Park was influenced by two major musical traditions during his studies: the Russian school of Lev Oborin with Lev Natochenny as well as the German school of Wilhelm Kempff with Joachim Volkmann. 

Park was teaching in Frankfurt/Germany at both, the Conservatory and the University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2021 he holds a professorship at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. 

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