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Mis/Reading Beethoven

14 - 19 June 2019

Unmodern at O/Modernt I

Ludwig van Beethoven Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola Op. 25
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quintet in C Major (‘Storm’)

Janne Thomsen flute
Priya Mitchell violin
Oscar Treitler violin
Annette Walther violin
Francis Kefford viola
Maya Meron viola
Claude Frochaux cello

artists

Claude Frochaux cello
Claude Frochaux
Claude Frochaux
cello

The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at Suzuki Talent Center, then at the Conservatory of Turin. Studies followed in Frankfurt, Essen and Madrid. As a sought-after and passionate chamber musician, he is a guest at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Oxford, Enescu Bucharest and venues like Wigmore Hall and Kings Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, as well as broadcast repeatedly on the radio -BR, WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Radio Clasica. In 2008 he founded Monte Piano Trio with which he won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt, Folkwang Prize et al.) and regularly gives concerts. He collaborates with groups such as Ensemble Midwest Denmark, Amici Ensemble Frankfurt and Ensemble Ruhr. Claude is founder and artistic director of Kammermusikfest Sylt, which takes place every year on the german island of Sylt.

Priya Mitchell violin
Priya Mitchell
Priya Mitchell
violin

Priya Mitchell grew up in Oxford. She started playing the violin at four. ‘Unable to concentrate on anything my parents despaired – the violin was the best remedy- it allowed me to focus and dream at the same time.’She went to the Yehudi Menuhin School for four years where her teacher was David Takeno. Afterwards she studied in Vienna and with Zachar Bron in Lübeck. Priya loves to play both as a soloist and chamber musician. Earlier this year she was invited to be artist-in-residence for a week at Kings Place in London, and has recently performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kuhmo and Seville. She started the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2000 because she wanted to bring musician friends to Oxford and relishes ‘musical matchmaking, how else was it possible to bring together musicians I was certain would fall in love musically? Oxford is the ideal setting to make this alchemy happen. Festivals make one feel stimulated on every level, inspired and enriched. Most of us here
couldn’t be without them- they are irresistible, dangerous and highly addictive!’ Priya plays a Ballestieri violin made in the 1760s, generously on loan to her by a private family trust.

Janne Thomsen Flute
Janne Thomsen
Janne Thomsen
Flute

Janne Thomsenstarted playing the flute in Denmark at the age of six. Her career started after winning the Young Musician of the Year Award in Denmark, which was followed by competition wins in Prague, Bayreuth, Rome, Vienna and Boston. She studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music and at the Paris Conservatoire under William Bennett, Maurice Bourgue and the Amadeus Quartet. Janne Thomsen has played as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony and Kremerata Baltica and performs worldwide as a chamber musician. She is greatly interested in commissioning new and exciting music for her instrument and taught at the Mozarteum Salzburg and Lucerne School of Music until 2010. Janne Thomsen is Artistic Director of ‘Klassiske Dage’– Holstebro International Music Festival in Denmark, which she founded in 2005.

Maya Meron viola
Maya Meron
Maya Meron
viola

Maya Meron was born in Jerusalem. She studied violin and viola with Miriam Fried at Indiana University, Bloomington and at the Royal Academy of Music, where a special arrangement was made for her to have regular lessons with Tabea Zimmermann. As a chamber musician, Maya has played at many festivals including Ravinia Festival Stean’s Institute for Young Artists, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (2016, 2017, 2018) and the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach of Lars Vogt (2010,2011,2013,2016). She has performed in chamber concerts with artists including Christian Tetzlaff, Tanya Tetzlaff, Gustav Rivinius, Lars Vogt, Antje Weithass, Isabelle Faust, Erich Hoebarth and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker. In 2013, Maya has been appointed an ‘Associate of RAM’ for her achievements in music.

Annette Walther violin
Annette Walther
Annette Walther
violin

Annette Walther studied in Düsseldorf, Essen and London with Ida Bieler, Vesselin Parschkevov and David Takeno. At the Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London she also took chamber music classes with Sir Colin Davis and the Takacs Quartet.

She is a founding member of the Signum Quartet, an international renowned string quartet.
Concert appearances have taken the Signum Quartet to international podia from Madrid and Barcelona to Basel and Paris. The quartet has performed at the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Luxemburg Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Wigmore Hall London, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Boston Harvard Musical Association as well as at the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau and Schwetzingen Music Festivals and at the BBC Proms.
Their recording ‘No.3’ (Bartók, Berg and Schnittke) was awarded the International Classical Music Awards 2014 ‘Best Chamber Music Recording’. Subsequent recordings include “soundescapes“ (Ravel, Debussy, Adès) and “Alla czeca“ (Suk, Schulhoff, Dvorák).
The most recent released Schubert Recording in march 2018 is receiving international critical acclaim( Diapason d’Or amongst others)
In addition to her career with the Signum Quartet, Annette regularly performs with artists such as Nils Mönkemeyer, William Youn, David Cohen, Liza Ferschtman and Priya Mitchell at festivals including the Musikfestspielen Mecklenburg –Vorpommern, Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, Musiktage Hitzacker and Kammermusikfest Sylt. Furthermore she played alongside Carolin Widmann, Alexej Girassimez and others in the Production’Figure Humaine‘ which the renowned german Choreographer Sasha Waltz created for the inauguration of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in Januar 2017.
She is a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and ensemble musikfabrik, concertmaster of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, and the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra. Furthermore is she a member of the Geneva Camerata, O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Unterwegs.
At the beginning of 2016, Annette has been appointed as violin lecturer at the Louis Spohr Music Academy in Kassel and follows her passion of teaching with great enthusiasm.

Oscar Treitler violin
Oscar Treitler
Oscar Treitler
violin

Oscar Treitleris a Swedish-American violinist based in Sweden. He is a member of the Treitler Quartet. The quartet performs at festivals and concert halls around Sweden and has made tours to England, Italy and France. The quartet made it’s debut in the string quartet series of the Stockholm Concert Hall in 2018 and is currently studying at the NSKA in Amsterdam thanks to the support of the GålöFoundation. In 2016 they were awarded the Ensemble Scholarship from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. Oscar studied in Stockholm and Bloomington with Henryk Kowalski and at Universität Mozarteum with Igor Ozim. He is a prizewinner of the Wronsky Solo Violin Competition and the Jan Wallander Prize in Sweden. As an orchestra musician Oscar is guest concertmaster/second concertmaster of Norrköping SO, Gävle SO and Gothenburg SO. He has performed as a soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and DalaSinfoniettan.

Francis Kefford violin
Francis Kefford
Francis Kefford
violin

Australian-born violist, Francis Jonah Kefford, enjoys a diverse career as a chamber musician, teacher, festival director and orchestral musician. After studying in Toronto with Steven Dann, his most affecting musical influence, Francis remained in Canada for two seasons as Acting Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company. In the UK, Francis is a frequent performer with the London Symphony Orchestraand the Royal Opera House Orchestra. He has led the viola sections of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and theRoyal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Francis also performs regularly with the UK’s pre-eminent chamber orchestras: including the Britten Sinfonia; English Chamber Orchestra; Aurora Orchestra;and the London Mozart Players.He started collaborating with O/Moderntin 2018.

Francis is Co-Director of the Saronic Chamber Music Festival, an annual chamber music festival in Greece, where he has developed a culture dedicated to deep exploration of the repertory in ensembles based in profound friendship as well as artistry. Here, and at other chamber music festivals across Europe – including among others, Zodiac Music Festival and Academy, France;Whittington International Music Festival, UK – Francis has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of his generation.
In 2007, Francis premièred ‘Elegie’ - a work for viola and string orchestra by the late, great Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe – at the International Viola Congressheld that year in Adelaide, Australia.
Francis plays a viola by Rodolpho Fredi (Rome, 1931).

Reading of letters by Beethoven and Janáček

Tonight's concert is named after the Beethoven’s unsent letter to his ‘Immortal Beloved’. Together with a reading of Beethoven's infamous letter we will hear selections from Janáček’s letters to his hopeless passion for Kamila Stösslová, the inspiration behind his second string quartet.

Immortal Beloved

Beethoven’s unsent letter to his ‘Immortal Beloved’ adumbrates the tale of unrequited love that permeates the 1816 song cycle, To the Distant Beloved. Similarly, Janáček’s posthumous Intimate Letters conveys his hopeless passion for Kamila Stösslová. Gluck and Musgrave each reinterpret the Orpheus myth, while ‘Marietta’s Song’ from Korngold’s Dead City portrays an Orphean denouement. Berg’s violin concerto commemorates the death of ‘an angel’ – Alma Mahler’s daughter. The concert closes with Mahler’s ardent love letter to Alma, the Adagietto from his Symphony No. 5.

Ludwig van Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte Op. 98
Leoš Janáček String Quartet No. 2 (‘Intimate Letters’)

- Interval -

Christoph Willibald Gluck ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’ from Orfeo ed Euridice
Thea Musgrave Orfeo 1
Erick Wolfgang Korngold ‘Marietta’s Song’ from The Dead City Op. 20

- Interval -

Alban Berg Violin Concerto (‘To the Memory of an Angel’)
(arr. Karaew for Chamber Orchestra)
Gustav Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

Elin Rombo soprano
Thomas Volle baritone
Janne Thomsen flute
Priya Mitchell violin
Alina Pogostkina violin
Hugo Ticciati violin
Fredrik Paulsson viola
Julian Arp cello
Alasdair Beatson piano
Valerio Lisci harp
Ksenia Zvereva choreography
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra

artists

Julian Arp cello
Julian Arp
Julian Arp
cello

Julian Arp, born in 1981, studied at the Academy of Music ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow. He continued his studies with David Geringas and Eberhard Feltz. As a soloist and chamber musician Julian Arp appears regularly at festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Beauvais, Montreux, SoNoRo Bucharest, Stellenbosch, Stift Festival, the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, and IMS Prussia Cove. The Duo Arp/Frantz has released three CDs. In the words of Fono Forum: ‘They make music into pure celebration. It all sounds and sings.’ Contemporary composers, including Odeh-Tamimi, Koch, Nemtsov and Dinescu have written pieces for Julian Arp. He is a co-founder of the festival Zeitkunst which has been a guest at the Centre Pompidou, Radialsystem Berlin, Israel, England and Rio de Janeiro. Julian regularly gives master classes in Germany and abroad, and teaches at the University for Arts in Graz, Austria.

Priya Mitchell violin
Priya Mitchell
Priya Mitchell
violin

Priya Mitchell grew up in Oxford. She started playing the violin at four. ‘Unable to concentrate on anything my parents despaired – the violin was the best remedy- it allowed me to focus and dream at the same time.’She went to the Yehudi Menuhin School for four years where her teacher was David Takeno. Afterwards she studied in Vienna and with Zachar Bron in Lübeck. Priya loves to play both as a soloist and chamber musician. Earlier this year she was invited to be artist-in-residence for a week at Kings Place in London, and has recently performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kuhmo and Seville. She started the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2000 because she wanted to bring musician friends to Oxford and relishes ‘musical matchmaking, how else was it possible to bring together musicians I was certain would fall in love musically? Oxford is the ideal setting to make this alchemy happen. Festivals make one feel stimulated on every level, inspired and enriched. Most of us here
couldn’t be without them- they are irresistible, dangerous and highly addictive!’ Priya plays a Ballestieri violin made in the 1760s, generously on loan to her by a private family trust.

Hugo Ticciati violin
Hugo Ticciati
Hugo Ticciati
violin

Hugo Ticciati is blessed to be doing what he loves every day of his life – that is, making music. His old Italian violin takes him around the world to fantastic orchestras in gorgeous concert halls; it brings him together with the most inspiring artists to create music in beautiful festivals; and it sparks new creations from young composers. In his teaching Hugo explores ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of mindfulness to the art of practising, playing and living in music. One of the highlights of the past year was a two-week stay in an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas where he chanted every morning, meditated and swept the floors by day and in the evenings sat crossed-legged by a fire, playing Bach to barefooted monks. His musical tastes have swung dramatically during the year from contemplative Indian ragas to the megalomaniac rock-band Muse (played at high volumes) to the songs of Richard Strauss (played even louder). Hugo still lives in the blissful state of mobilephonelessness. His staple reading is the Bhagavad Gita but he has recently been captivated by the work of the French philosopher, Henri Bergson.

O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra string orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
string orchestra

O/Modernt is always searching for new ways to encourage the next generation of young musicians. We are delighted to have established the O/Modernt New Generation, which we will be launching in Stockholm on the 12th November. The initiative includes a Stockholm-based youth orchestra which will provide opportunities for instrumentalists to perform in concert alongside members from the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as world-class soloists. There will also be a series of international masterclasses, open rehearsals for young people and exchanges, with a focus on the UK throughout 2018. More information will follow about opportunities for young people to be involved in these wonderful activities.

Alasdair Beatson Piano
Alasdair Beatson
Alasdair Beatson
Piano

Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh, Resonances and Ernen festivals, two appearances in the Time Unwrapped series at Kings Place, and collaborations with Adrian Brendel, Steven Isserlis, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric String Quartet, the Gringolts Quartet and the Nash Ensemble among many. Throughout the season he is Chamber Pianist in Residence at Sage Gateshead.
Alasdair is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. Alongside a particular affinity with the classical repertoire and the music of Schumann and Fauré, he often explores the more exotic: Catoire, Pierné, Thuille; Debussy’s Jeux (in the composer’s arrangement for solo piano); Ligeti Horn Trio, Thomas Adès Piano Quintet; and piano trio arrangements of Debussy’s La Mer, Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata, Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony (with 3 percussionists) and Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. His concerto repertoire includes works of Bach, Bartok, Fauré, Hans Abrahamsen, Hindemith, Mozart, Sally Beamish, Stravinsky, Messiaen, appearing in recent years with Britten Sinfonia, Moscow Virtuosi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta.
2017 saw the release on BIS of a recording with Alec Frank-Gemmill of 19th century music for horn and piano, recorded on four exquisite historical pianos (and four fantastical historical horns) spanning 1815 - 1895. This release joins an acclaimed discography of three solo and numerous chamber recordings, on BIS, Claves, Champs Hill, Evil Penguin and SOMM labels.
A regular participant at the open chamber music at IMS Prussia Cove, Alasdair took part in their tours of 2007 and 2011, and collected the 2008 RPS Award for Chamber Music on their behalf. He has enjoyed working closely with composers George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Heinz Holliger and Helena Winkelman.

A former student of John Blakely and Menahem Pressler, Alasdair is increasingly drawn to education, teaching annually on the Musicworks summer courses, as a regular mentor at London's Chamber Studio, and maintaining a class of solo pianists at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Alasdair is founder and artistic director of the French chamber music festival Musique à Marsac, and from 2019 a co-artistic director of the chamber music festival in Ernen, Switzerland.

Janne Thomsen Flute
Janne Thomsen
Janne Thomsen
Flute

Janne Thomsenstarted playing the flute in Denmark at the age of six. Her career started after winning the Young Musician of the Year Award in Denmark, which was followed by competition wins in Prague, Bayreuth, Rome, Vienna and Boston. She studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music and at the Paris Conservatoire under William Bennett, Maurice Bourgue and the Amadeus Quartet. Janne Thomsen has played as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony and Kremerata Baltica and performs worldwide as a chamber musician. She is greatly interested in commissioning new and exciting music for her instrument and taught at the Mozarteum Salzburg and Lucerne School of Music until 2010. Janne Thomsen is Artistic Director of ‘Klassiske Dage’– Holstebro International Music Festival in Denmark, which she founded in 2005.

Valerio Lisci harp
Valerio Lisci
Valerio Lisci
harp

Valerio Lisci was born in 1994 in Moncalieri, Italy. He graduated with maximum points and honours in Turin, Italy, in 2013 and then in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2017.

Valerio has taken part in international competitions around the globe, winning many 1st Prizes, some from prestigious organizations such as the Reinl-Stiftung, Vienna, and the Korea International Harp Competition, Seoul. As a result, he has been invited to play as a guest both as a chamber musician and soloist across Europe and Asia. He made his debut as a soloist in Turin in 2014 with the "Camerata Ducale" orchestra, then he performed in 2018 with the "Argovia Philharmonic" in Zofingen, and in 2019 with the "Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne" in Lausanne.
He has been the harp teacher at the Scuola d'Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Saluzzo since September 2017, home of Italy's most prestigious international harp competition.
In the coming years, he will produce a CD of Italian music for harp with the label TACTUS.

Alina Pogostkina violin
Alina Pogostkina
Alina Pogostkina
violin

Praised for her “deeply moving” performances (Hamburger Abendblatt), Alina Pogostkina, winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, performs at many of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert venues. She has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustavo Dudamel, David Zinman, Jonathan Nott, Paavo Järvi, Michael Sanderling, David Afkham, Robin Ticciati, Thomas Hengelbrock and John Storgårds. Highlights of this season include debuts with L’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Mikko Franck, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Osmo Vänskä and Budapest Festival Orchestra with Marin Alsop. Alina Pogostkina will open the BBC Symphony Orchestra concerts season at the Barbican Centre performing Berg’s violin concerto under the baton of Sakari Oramo. She will return to RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with Clemens Schuldt and the Royal Stockhom Philharmonic Orchestra with Karl-Heinz Steffens.

Elin Rombo soprano
Elin Rombo
Elin Rombo
soprano

The Swedish soprano Elin Rombois this season singing the role of Roxana in Szymanowski’s opera King Roger at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw which will be followed by the same role at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm in the beginning of 2019. Elin will also appear as Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe in Stockholm. Elin Rombo has sung a number of roles at the Stockholm opera and has previously been a guest at the Opéra National de Paris where she has sung Anicia Eritea in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. She has also appeared as The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Staatsoper Berlin and as Agnès in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Netherlands Opera and at the Royal Swedish Opera. Elin has appeared as Cunégonde in Candide, as well as in AscheMOND oder The Fairy Queen at Staatsoper Berlin and she has sung Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Göteborg Opera. Elin Rombo is educated at Brandon University in Canada and Operahögskolan in Stockholm. She made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera during her last year at Opera school as Christa in Janacek’s Makropolous case.

Elin carries since 2014 the honorable titel Court singer, in 2016 she recieved the Royal medal Literis et Artibus and is since 2017 a member of Musikaliska Akademien.

Thomas Volle tenor
Thomas Volle
Thomas Volle
tenor

After his first singing lessons with „Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw“ the german tenor Thomas Vollestudied singing with Prof. T. Quasthoff (Detmold and Berlin), Prof. W. Rieger („Lied“) and Prof. B. Schmid (Leipzig). He won several singing competitions, took part in di erent masterclasses (for instance „The Art of Song“ at Carnegie Hall, NY) and is regularly invited to international festivals. Numerous operatic performances led him to di erent opera-houses, as for instance “Théatre des Champs-Elysées Paris“, „Opéra de Lille“ or „Norrlandsopera“. In Sweden he recently made his debut as „Gandhi“ in Ph. Glass’ „Satyagraha“ at „Folkoperan Stockholm“ and as „Don José“ in Bizet’s „Carmen“ at „Stadsteater Uppsala“. His extensive repertoire as concert- and oratorio-singer comprises almost all major pieces of all epoques and Thomas Volle sings with numerous internationally reknown orchestras and conductors.

Song recitals have always been a major part of his musical work and Thomas Volle is able to draw from a wide-ranging repertoire of Lied. Recent performances include „Das Lied von der Erde“ by G. Mahler in Dresden, F. Schubert’s „Die schöne Müllerin“ in Austria, Stockholm and Vadstena as well as a recital with the pianist Magnus Svensson at the concert series „Romanskonserter“ at „Konserthus Stockholm“.

Ksenia Zvereva choreographer
Ksenia Zvereva
Ksenia Zvereva
choreographer

• Finalistat the Stora Daldanseninternational ballet competition (2006, 2008, Sweden)

• Prize-winner at the IFMCinternational competition and festival of modern choreography (2012, Vitebsk, Belarus)
• Diploma-recipient at the Runway youth festival of contemporary choreography (2014, St Petersburg)
• Participant of numerous workshops and festivals, including UK (London, Covent Garden), Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Italy and Sweden
• Member of Dance ICONS – The Global Network for Choreographers
• Recipient of a total of six Carina Ari Memorial Foundation scholarships
• Recipient of Rilton Scholarship
Graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm in 2008.
2008-2012 - dancer with the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk, appearing in performances of Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Carmina Burana, La Sylphideand Chopiniana among others. 

In 2011 Ksenia created a dance-video project with Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the education program at the Vaganova Academy.
2012-2013 - choreographer at the festivalO/Moderntin Stockholm.
2013-2014 – teacher of modern dance at the Vaganova Ballet Academy.
Ksenia has created a great number of productions for senior-year students at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. 
The miniatureThe Hovering, prepared for the international festival of ballet schools Three Centuries of World Ballet (Moscow, State Kremlin Palace), received the Mikhailovsky Theatre Grand Prix in 2013.
In April 2014 Ksenia made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre during the Young Choreographers’ Creative Workshop project(International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY) with the piece The Hovering, in addition to making appearances in Dresden (Tanzbiennale) and at the Russian Arts Festival in Cannes. 

In 2015 - traineeship at the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT).
Same year she staged and rehearsed number ofconcert pieces for the ballet company of the Astana Opera (Astana, Kazakhstan).
As part of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographersproject at the Mariinsky Theatre (International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY), in March 2015 Ksenia presented one-act pieces Remember the Future to music by Johann Sebastian Bach andSecond I to music by Philip Glass. The balletSecond I subsequently entered the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre and was performed during the Stars of the White Nights festival in July and during company's tour to Baden-Baden (Germany) in December 2015.
In 2016 she was invited for giving workshops / masterclasses in contemporary dance to the Belarusian State Choreography Gymnasium-College in Minsk (Belarus).
In 2016 Ksenia graduated from the pedagogical faculty of the Vaganova Ballet Academy (educational program The Art of the Choreographer, class of prof. Yuri Petukhov), Master´s Degree.
In April 2016 as part of the Creative Workshop of Young ChoreographersKsenia presented two new productions - Labyrinthto music by Franz Schubert and Andrey Martynov and Elegy. Ophelia to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, that was created for principal dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet Victoria Tereshkina and Andrey Ermakov.
Elegy. Ophelia is now part of the Mariinsky´s repertoire and was named and critically acclaimed as the best premiere of the season 2015/2016 by Dance Europe Magazine. The piece was also presented atthe Stars of the White Nights festival in June 2016.
In May same year – staging a production for the Carina Ari Memorial Foundation (Stockholm, Sweden) and a special project of the State Hermitage Museum Days of Yemen at the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg.
Featured in ICONS November 2016 newsletter under ”Trending: Female Ballet Choreographers on the Rise”.
In November 2016 Ksenia was invited for teaching masterclasses and creating new works for the Astana Opera and the newly opened Academy of Choreography in Astana.
In January 2017 presented a new piece Twain, as part of the ballet gala at Astana Opera (Astana, Kazakhstan).
April 2017 – premiere of a new piece Lostfor The Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm, Sweden), as part of the choreography workshop Royal Collective.
In December 2017 presented a new creation at the Bolshoi Teatre – a one-act balletMemoryhouse,music by Max Richter. The premiere was part of the Bolshoi Theatre Youth Ballet Program «Faces», directed by Sergei Filin.
June 2018 World premiere ofPas de Petipaat the renowned International ballet festival Benois de la Danse, the Historic Stage of The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. Gala "Vivat Petipa! Classics through the eyes of contemporary choreographers".
Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Dancers - principals of The Mariinsky Theatre Oksana Skorik and Xander Parish. The piece was specially created as a tribute for Marius Petipa´s 200th anniversary.
June 2018 Guest teacher and choreographer at Valdres sommerballett(Norway), organized by Den Norske Ballettskole in cooperation with the international music festival Valdres sommersymfoni.
July 2018 World premiere of one-act ballet Sounds of Timeat Astana Opera, Artistic Director Mrs Altynai Asylmuratova. Music by Aktoty Raimkulova, set design by Riccardo Massironi. Based on Adam Kapanov’s original libretto, the ballet is a modern take on an ancient national legend.

Fredrik Paulsson violin
Fredrik Paulsson
Fredrik Paulsson
violin

Fredrik Paulsson is a Swedish violinist and violist born 1972. He studied with Prof. Harald Thedéen

at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1988-1993, soloist diploma 1991-1993.
In 1992 he also studied with Prof. György Pauk in London who brought his attention to the
research on the Alban Berg violin concerto. As Berg did not have time to review the score and
correct any error, (among them a forgotten octava in the violin cadenza of the second movement),
this was finally done by Professor Douglas Jarman, Principal Lecturer in Academic Studies at the
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. These contacts resulted in, that at his diploma
concert 1993, Paulsson gave the premier performance of the revised solo part of Alban Berg violin
concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sylvain Cambreling. He graduated
with highest honours and was awarded the “Jetong” from the Royal Academy of Music.
He continued his studies with Norbert Brainin in London 1996-1998 and Prof. Zakhar Bron at the
University of Piteå 1997-2000. During 2006-2007 he studied with Christoph Poppen at the
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He has performed in master classes with Gideon
Kremer, Isaac Stern and Lord Yehudi Menuhin.
Paulsson studied chamber music with Prof. Gert Crafoord at the Royal College of Music in
Stockholm. In 1989 he founded the Yggdrasil Quartet. As leader of the quartet he studied with
composer György Kurtág in Paris 1990-1991. The Quartet also studied with Norbert Brainin, leader
of the Amadeus Quartet 1991-1995. Paulsson have also performed in chamber music master
classes with Siegmund Nissel, Martin Lovett, Thomas Kakuska, Hugh Maguire, Ferenc Rados and
Sir Andras Schiff.
Competitions and Awards
1990 “Young Musician of the Year” with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra playing Sibelius Violin Concerto under Stig Westerberg.
1993 Awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Award at the London International String Quartet Competition. Leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet.
1993 “Artist in Residence” Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, P2
1994 Third prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet.
1996 Finalist in the 6th Internationaler Mozartwettbewerb in Salzburg.
1996 Second prize with pianist Lars David Nilsson in the Premio “Vittorio Gui” Chamber Music Competition.

Artistic and teaching activity
Paulsson regularly performs in venues such as Palais de Beaux Artes, Brussels, Wigmore Hall,
London, Konzertverein and Konzerthaus, Wien, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Alice Tully Hall,
The Lincoln center, New York. As chamber musician, Paulsson regularly appears at major festivals
all over Europe, working with artists such as Janine Jansen, Leif-Ove Andsnes, Julius Drake,
Natalie Clein, Colin Carr, Maxim Rysanov, Martin Fröst, Andreas Blau and Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
As a founding member and leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet he has been short listed for The
Gramophone ”Record of the Year” Award and awarded the Times Record of the Month Award and
Cannes MIDEM Award. The quartet is also top price winners of both the London International
String Quartet Competition and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. In 2003
he was given the honour of “Primarius” by the Mazer Quartet Society and the Royal Academy of
Music, a title introduced in 1849. Former ”Primarius” include violinists such as Sven Kjellström, Tor
Aulin, Henri Marteau, Jaap Schröder and Leon Spierer. Paulsson has also been teaching at the
Mazer Quartet Society’s course in Sigtuna 1996-2005. With the Yggdrasil quartet he has given
master classes at institutions such as the Universities of Perth and Melbourne, Sofia National
Academy of Music and Vilnius Academy of Music.
choosing the quartet was an intense open competition, which the Yggdrasil won.
In 1995 the municipal government of Aberdeen, Scotland entered into an arrangement with
Aberdeen University to create a unique residency program wherein a string quartet would live,
perform, and teach in Aberdeen for several months a year over a four-year period. The process of
Contemporary composers have been attracted by the Yggdrasil Quartets virtuosity and sympathy
for modern style. One of the first new works was the result of a commission from the Highland
Festival for Nigel Osborne to write a work for them. The result was a quintet called Forest, River,
Ocean for String Quartet and Calyx (the ancient Celtic war trumpet). This, in turn, inspired the
leading British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to write a Quintet for Trumpet and Strings for
the Yggdrasil and trumpeter John Wallace. Continuing their string of unusual new quartets, the
Yggdrasil collaborated with Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie in the premiere of Haflidi
Hallgrimsson's Quintet for Percussion and Strings at the Northlands Festival. During these years
the Yggdrasil Quartet also performed the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Shostakovitj and
Bartok. Fredrik Paulsson is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Aberdeen.
Between 1996 and 1997 Fredrik Paulsson was invited by the Danel Quartet to replace Juliette
Danel as violist. Apart from extensive touring he made master classes with the quartet in Brussels
and Aldeburgh as well as educational work for Jeunesses Musicales in Belgium and France. He
premiered several contemporary works and made several recordings for the label Auvidis Valois
(Charles Gounod compleat string quartets} and Radio France. With the Danel Quartet he also
performed the complete Shostakovitj cycle. He studied viola with Prof. Zahari Tchavdarov at the
Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Paulsson has also performed in master classes with Michelle
LaCourse, Jeffrey Irvine and Kim Kashkashian and took part in the Karen Tuttle Viola Coordination
Workshop at the NYU Steinhart in New York 2015.
Leading, directing and conducting studies
Fredrik Paulsson has frequently been invited as concert master and guest leader with orchestras
such as Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra
of Europe, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, working with conducturs
such as Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nicolaus Harnoncourt,
Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti. He was concert master in the Swedish Chamber Orchestra
1997-1998, Gothenburg Opera 1999-2001, Uppsala Chamber Soloists and Orchestra 2006-2007.
Guest player and leader in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra 2003-2005.
Since 2006 he is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe were he regularly works with the
COE Academy, which function is to give the students the opportunity to travel “on tour” with the
orchestra, to experience, understand and be inspired by the orchestra’s unique artistic and
European ethos and passion for making music. Within the COE Academy he has been leading and
coaching projects with National Orchestra of Catalonia and members of the COE. In 2013 he
directed as concert master, Beethoven’s 4th Symphony at a concert at L’Auditori, Barcelona. He
has also played on several occasions with COE soloists in Stefaniensaal Graz, Wiener
Konzerthaus and the Berliner Philharmonie.
2012-2013.
Artistic direction
Janacek’s String quartets in 20 different subway stations in Stockholm city and suburbs.
Koranyi and Virpi Paakinen.
classical music.
Fredrik Paulsson is in demand as both soloist and director internationally and has conducted and
directed orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Catalonia, Vaasa City Orchestra, Musica
Vitae, Dalasinfoniettan, Aurora Festival Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Finlandia. In 2012 he
was invited to join Janine Jansen’s Bach Ensemble to lead Bach double concertos on a EMI
recording and two European tours. Paulsson studied conducting with Jorma Panula at his
conducting course in Vaasa 2010-12 and at his Summer Academy during 2011-12. He was also
mentored by chief conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski during
In 1998 in a joint project with Stockholm European Capital of Culture, Paulsson was Artistic
Director and project creator of SKIT, String Quartet in the Subway, performing and interacting Leos
Fredrik Paulsson was joined Artistic Director of the Yggdrasil Chamber Music Festival on the Island
of Öland 1999-2001.
From 2011-2014 he was Artistic Director and creator of the Mupfie! concert series with Chamber
Orchestra Musica Vitae, which included artists such as Mihály Farkas, Ruby Hughes, Jakob
During 2014-2015 he created and artisticly directed a series of three projects with Dalasinfoniettan,
The programs Tzigane!, Bohemia! and Finlandia! where thematic around folk music origins in

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