Beethoven’s love of nature brought him both inspiration and solace throughout his life. As a boy he took extended trips with his father along the Rhine, visiting ‘localities ever lastingly dear to me’. He communed with nature on his wanderings, where he was never without his sketch books, sketching out themes and motifs that he heard in birdsong, trees and brooks:
No one can love the country as much as I do, for surely woods, trees and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear.
Beethoven believed that nature could provide spiritual comfort and express the divine, thoughts that he penned on a manuscript score:
My bad hearing
Does not trouble me here.
In the country
Seems to talk to me, saying, ‘Holy! Holy!’
Inside the forest is enchantment
Which expresses all things?
Sweet peace of the forest!
O/Modernt’s community celebration of nature in its beauty and diversity is therefore a fitting tribute to the great composer. Come and join us as we build bird boxes and insect hotels, plant trees, press flowers and experience the benefits of Japanese ‘forest bathing’.
Franz Schubert Octet in F Major D. 803
Christoffer Sundqvist clarinet
Alec Frank-Gemmill horn
Emily Hultmark bassoon
Priya Mitchell violin
Annette Walther violin
Fredrik Paulsson viola
Julian Arp cello
Jordi Carrasco-Hjelm bass
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 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.
Christoffer Sundqvist was born in Stockholm, moved to Finland at the age of 6 and began his clarinet studies at the Jakobstad Conservatory with Bernhard Nylund. Alongside his outstanding performances of the classical repertoire, he is an ambassador for contemporary Nordic music. Composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen and Sebastian Fagerlund have written more than 20 works for him. Sundqvist has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Estonian National Symphony and Basel Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, he is co-founder of the brass quintet Arktinen hysteriaand a long-term member of the Plus Ensemblebased in Turku. Christoffer collaborates regularly with Pekka Kuusisto, Hugo Ticciati, Angela Hewitt, Oliver Triendl and Niek de Groot. Since 2013 he is Artistic Director of the Jakobstad Sinfonietta and Rusk Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad. Sundqvist’s discography includes releases on BIS, Alba and Ondine Records, many of which have been awarded the EMMA prize.
Alec Frank-Gemmill divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music and orchestral playing. He is widely recognised for pushing the boundaries of the French horn, whether by commissioning new music, making transcriptions of chamber music or through historically-informed performance practice. Alec was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme 2014-16, appearing as soloist with the BBC orchestras on numerous occasions, including in performances of rarely-heard repertoire by Ethel Smyth, Malcolm Arnold and Charles Koechlin. He has been a regular soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, performing concertos by Mozart (on the natural horn) with Richard Egarr, Ligeti and Strauss with Robin Ticciati, and Schumann with John Eliot Gardiner. In 2017 Alec gave the premiere of James Macmillan's Concertino for Horn, conducted by Andrew Manze.
Often invited as a guest principal horn, Alec has frequently appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also performs as part of period-instrument groups, most notably with Ensemble Marsyas. Their latest album “Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel” was critically acclaimed and singled out for its solo horn playing. Alec is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, which enabled him to make two recordings for the BIS label: a disc of 19th Century works for horn and piano with Alasdair Beatson, and baroque concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Both albums have been highly praised in the press.
Alec is Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, his alma mater. He also studied in Cambridge, Zürich and Berlin.
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish Double Bass player dedicating himself to chamber music and free improvisation. He lives in Amsterdam since 2013 and was a Bachelor student in the class of Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and later finished his studies with a Masters degree in Cross-Over music making with jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis.
He performs regularly as a member of the O/modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as the Swedish contemporary folk music band Garizim and as a regular extra player with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.Together with young musicians from all over Europe he is a founding member of the C/o Chamber Orchestra that combines orchestral playing with principles of non-hierarchical collaboration.
In 2019 Jordi looks especially forward to participating in the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, playing bossa nova with Matthew Barley in London, retreating to the woods in Sweden to develop free improvisations with his duo partner violist and singer Yanna Pelser and the release of a new album with Garizim.
Jordi has received the ”Per Welin Stipend” from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music, grants from Stockholm Free Mazons and the Lindeqvist Foundation, Byggnads Culture Grant and Kempe-Carlgrenska Fonden Stipend.
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.
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 theCOE 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.
Janacek’s String quartets in 20 different subway stations in Stockholm city and suburbs. Koranyi and Virpi Paakinen.
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 classical music.
Emily Hultmark, born in 1985 to English/Swedish parents, grew up outside of London. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra gaining invaluable experience under leadership of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Andrew Davies, Marin Alsop and Yann-Pascal Tortellier. Emily attended Chetham's School of Music, Manchester in 2002 to study with Graham Salvage until 2004, upon which she moved to Gothenburg, Sweden. Here she studied with Anders Engström at Göteborgs Musikhögskola as well as partaking in masterclasses around Europe with Klaus Thunemann, Rachel Gough, Martin Gatt, Stepan Turnovsky, Marco Lugaresi and Gustavo Nunez. In 2006, Emily moved to Berlin to study with Volker Tessmann at Hanns Eisler Hochschule der Musik. Following this, in 2008 Emily became a member of Göteborgs Symfoniker, 3 years under the chief musical director Gustavo Dudamel. Under invitation from Zubin Mehta, Emily worked from January 2012- June 2013 as Principal bassoon with the opera orchestra of Palau de les Arts, Valencia.
In 2014 Emily was given the position of co-Principal bassoon with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Emily won the position of Finalist in the International Gillet Fox Competition, 2010. She was awarded three consequetive prizes from MMSF (Martin Music Scholarship Fund), followed by a MMSF recital with players from the Philharmonia in 2007. Emily has been awarded various scholarships in Sweden, including the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien scholarship, Ekmans Fonden scholarship and Ljungrenska Tävlingen. In 2011 Emily was awarded the prestigious Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för Kultur scholarship and most recently, in February 2015 the Prince Carl Gustaf young person's scholarship. A creative background has allowed Emily the freedom to expand boundaries within her playing. She has a passion for exploring the capacity of the bassoon's place within improvisatory and experimental groups and creates her own music with electronics. Recent performances have included ’Generationer', an experimental collaboration together with her father, trumpet player and composer Torbjörn Hultmark in Grunewaldsalen, Stockholm. Upcoming projects include performances with choreographer and dancer Virpi Paakinen. Emily's solo appearances include concertos with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Mozart's Bassoon Concerto under leadership of Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Martin Fröst conducting and the Mozart concerto with Rouvali's Tampere Philharmonic. Emily has recently been appointed Principal Bassoon with the Philharmonia. She often appears with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Royal Philharmonic.
In 1821 Beethoven recorded a dream in which he travelled to India, while his diaries for the preceding years contain several references to Indian thought. The transformed ethos, exemplified in the Buddhist-influenced philosophy of Schopenhauer, is characteristic of a post-Napoleonic desire for stability. Musically, Beethoven looked backwards, becoming fascinated with fugal form and also seeking transcendence, notably in his String Quartet Op. 127. This concert combines post-Napoleonic pensiveness with dreams of India, juxtaposing Beethoven’s meditative mode with an exploration of the classical music of northern India.
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat Major Op. 127
- Interval -
Classical North Indian Music
Nicki Wells voice
Anni Haapaniemi oboe
Hugo Ticciati violin
Sukhwinder ‘Pinky’ Singh tabla
Cremona String Quartet
David Lundblad conductor
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.
David Lundblad studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, graduating with diploma in 1999. He has also a diploma in church music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm 1997. He has worked with several leading ensembles such as Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra, Gothenburg Opera Chorus, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Dalasinfoniettan and others. He has also made several recordings for radio, television and CD. David has had the priviledge to study with distinguished conductors such as Eri Klas, Jorma Panula Matti Hyökki, Eric Ericson and Gustaf Sjökvist. David holds a position as conductor at Dalasinfoniettan, Falu kammarkör, Borlänge kammarkör and Dalasinfoniettans kör.
Sukhvinder Singh, known as ‘Pinky’, is one of India’s most dynamic percussionists. Hailing from the holy village of Sri Bhaini Sahib (Ludhiana, Punjab), Sukhvinder began his musical journey at the age of five, playing the Dholak and Jorhi in the Namdhari Sangeet tradition. Aged thirteen, Sukhvinder gave his first major public performance, and soon left for Varanasi where he spent eighteen years in Seva (Sel ess service), and Riyaz (intense training practice in Tabla). During this period he was taught by the great Pandit Kishan Maharaj. Through his spontaneity, power, virtuosity, and above all through his inimitable ability to captivate an audience, Sukhvinder has become one of the most sought-after accompanists, travelling extensively around the world with leading artists, including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He has received a Grammy award, and performed with major orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic. His Jorhi performances have greatly raised the profile of the rare art of Jorhi playing, and he is acknowledged to be the foremost exponent of the Jorhi worldwide.
Singer, songwriter and composer Nicki Wells AKA TURYA followed her 1st class honours degree in Music touring as a featured vocalist in Nitin Sawhney’s band for eight years. She performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Her voice has contributed to a number of feature films and BBC documentaries such as the BBC Human Planet Series.
As a Composer in her own right, Nicki scored the music for various theatrical productions, working with the likes of Tanika Gupta and Howard Brenton. She composed five of Aakash Odedra’s contemporary dance shows, worked with film maker Koen Suidgeest’s on Girl Connected and co-composed the score to Khyentse Norbu’s feature film Vara - A Blessing alongside Nitin Sawhney. More recently, Nicki collaborated with Anoushka Shankar co-composing the score to upcoming film An Officer and His Holiness. Her own much anticipated debut album Ocean, under her stage name TURYA (a Sanskrit word meaning the silence experienced after sound), was released in July 2018 which proved to be a successful debut to what looks like to be a very promising career as a recording artist.
Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform at the most important festivals and concert seasons across Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, the Quartet has garnered universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its high level of interpretive artistry. They are a regular feature on radio and television broadcasts around the world, performing their extensive repertoire which ranges from early Haydn to contemporary music.
The complete Beethoven string quartets recordings have been recently released for Audite. All the volumes attracted high levels of acclaim in the international press, winning several prizes (Echo Klassik 2017 and ICMA 2018, among the others) and with the Quartetto di Cremona being unanimously considered the true heir of the great Quartetto Italiano. In Spring 2019 will be released a new album dedicated to Schubert, including the String Quintet in C majorwith cellist Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet) and the String Quartet “Der Tod unddas Mädchen”.
2017/18 season included successful debuts in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle) and Edinburgh, as well as tours in Sweden and Denmark, USA and Canada, Japan.
2018/19 noteworthy engagements include performances in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Stockholm, Geneva, Manchester, Amsterdam, Valencia, New York, Hong Kong, Rome, Milan, as well as outstanding debuts at the Cartagena Festival International de Musica (Colombia), Colmar International Festival (France) , Sandviken Kammarmusikfestival (Sweden) and at the Schubertiade.
They regularly collaborate with numerous artists of international renown, including Lawrence Dutton, Eckart Runge, Andrea Lucchesini, David Orlovsky, Edicson Ruiz, Aaron Pilsan and the Emerson String Quartet.
Anni Haapaniemi studied oboe playing at the Sibelius-Academy and at the Conservatoires of Gothenburg and Geneva as well as in Paris. She earned her Masters degree from the Sibelius-Academy in 2007. Anni has been the solo oboist at Tampere Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and from the autumn of 2009 at the Tapiola Sinfonietta. She is also a member of the Arctic Hysteria Quintet and performs also with the period instruments from the classical and baroque eras. Anni Haapaniemi teaches oboe at the Sibelius-Academy and she has been the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Festival in Kaustinen in 2013-2015.