Ludwig van Beethoven String Trio in C Minor Op. 9, No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven 6 Ländlerische Tänze WoO 15
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quintet in E-flat Major Op. 4
Hannah Dawson violin
Paula Sundqvist violin
Susanne Schäffer violin
Francis Kefford viola
Maya Meron viola
Claude Frochaux cello
Edward King cello
Jordi Carrasco-Hjelm bass
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.
Hannah Dawson has played in the Sacconi Quartet for the past 17 years. Its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. They have their own Chamber music festival in Folkestone, Kent. The quartet has recently released two CDs; In Damascus, their CD of music by Jonathan Dove including In Damascus, commissioned by the quartet, and featuring Mark Padmore and Charles Owen; and a complete recording of Graham Fitkin’s string quartets. Outside quartet, Hannah enjoys playing with other ensembles, such as O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, 12 Ensemble, The Donald Grant Quartet and with her piano trio – Trio Elegiaco. She regularly plays Chamber music in various festivals including Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Southwell Music Festival, Festival O/Modernt and IMS Prussia Cove. Hannah plays on a 1927 Sacconi violin which is generously on loan to her by The Royal Society of Musicians.
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.
Berlin-based New Zealander Edward King is fast establishing himself as one of the foremost young cellists to emerge from Australasia. He has performed extensively throughout his home country and abroad, including concerto appearances with the New Zealand Symphony, Christchurch Symphony, Polish National Philharmonic, Canberra Symphony and Vogtland Philharmonic orchestras, among others. A versatile musician, Edward has been lauded for his musical interpretations ranging from performances of solo Bach to premières and collaborations with contemporary composers such as Johannes X. Schachtner, Markus Schmitt, Martin Lodge and Michael Williams.
A laureate of several prestigious competitions, Edward won the 3rd Prize and a special Lutosławski prize at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, 3rd prize ex aequo at the International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen, and 1st prize at the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. At the International Penderecki Cello Competition Edward was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Penderecki's Divertimento - presented by the composer.
Edward is a graduate of the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where he studied under James Tennant; the Leopold Mozart Centre in Augsburg (Prof. Julius Berger); and the University of the Arts in Berlin (Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt). Additional artistic inspiration has come through masterclasses with cellists such as Franz Helmerson, Jens Peter Maintz, Philippe Muller, Steven Isserlis, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Edward is grateful for the scholarships and prizes that have supported his studies, including the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Patricia Pratt Scholarship, the Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship, Creative New Zealand, the Australian Cello Awards, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal. He plays on a modern German instrument, made by Robert König in Markneukirchen.
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.
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).
Paula Sundqvist is since 2014 the 3rd concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her engagements at the moment include performing as concert master in the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra, touring with the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and working as guest section leader in several other ensembles. She has also been guest concert master in Tapiola Sinfonietta. Over the years Paula has held a position in all the main Helsinki based orchestras; the Finnish National Opera Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and currently in the Finnish RSO. In addition she has performed with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, Avanti!, Kammerorchester Basel, Virtuosi di Kuhmo and the European Union Youth Orchestra. As chamber musician she performs at various festivals and concert series. Her main teachers were prof. Kaija Saarikettu at the Sibelius Academy and prof. Raphael Oleg at the Musikhochschule der Stadt Basel. Important chamber music mentors include Hatto Beyerle and Sergio Azzolini.
The Hungarian-German Violinist, Susanne Schäffer, was born to a musical household. She is a prize winner at renowned national and international music competitions, such as the International Brahms Competition and the International Charles Hennen Chamber Music Competition. Both as a soloist and chamber musician she had several concert tours to most European countries, Israel, USA and Japan. Susanne is a welcomed guest at prestigious festivals such as Cully Classique Festival, ISA Festival and IMS Prussia Cove. She regularly appears on television and on broadcast. After graduating with distinction from Prof. Dora Schwarzberg’s class at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna she now continues her chamber music studies with Prof. Johannes Meissl ibidem. Additional musical mentors have been Hatto Beyerle, Gerhard Schulz, Ferenc Rados and Steven Isserlis. Currently, she is playing on a violin made by Stefan-Peter Greiner, Bonn 2005, which is kindly lent by the German Music Instrument Foundation.
Beethoven described the slow movement of his 1825 String Quartet in A minor Op. 132 as a ‘sacred hymn of thanksgiving, from a convalescent’. Eighty-five years previously Bach’s Goldberg Variations were conceived as an act of musical healing for the insomniac Count Kaiserling, while Schoenberg’s String Trio Op. 45, completed in 1946, reflects on the composer’s near-fatal heart attack. The Lydian mode is celebrated in a jazz set that leads to the jazz-infused transformations of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. Finally, the concert concludes with a tribute to Leonard Cohen.
Johann Sebastian Bach Aria & Variations I, III from Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in A minor Op. 132 (‘Heiliger Dankgesang’)
John Cage 4’33’’
Johann Sebastian Bach Variations XXV from Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Arnold Schoenberg String Trio Op. 45
Johann Sebastian Bach Aria from Goldberg Variations BWV 988
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Jazz set based on the Lydian Mode
- Interval -
Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto
Leonard Cohen Selected arrangements of works
/arr. Marzi Nyman
Priya Mitchell violin
Hugo Ticciati violin
Fredrik Paulsson viola
Julian Arp cello
Christoffer Sundqvist clarinet
Marzi Nyman electric guitar / voice
Svante Henryson bass guitar
Klaus Gesing saxophone
Valerio Lisci harp
Alasdair Beatson piano
Helge Andreas Norbakken percussion
Sam Wilson percussion
David Lundbland conductor
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
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.
Marzi Nyman was born in 1979 in a small town of Lohja in rural Finland. His parents were musical and luckily made him take piano lessons since the age of 6. Marzi studied classical piano for 10 years, but then, finally, in his teens he realized that guitar is the king of all instruments, and started learning it with fierce passion. Marzi Nyman started his studies in Sibelius-Academy (jazz department) in the year 1998, and is still studying, mainly composition. Marzi is very interested in various types of performing and music-making. He has composed for orchestras, chamber groups, theater, movies and made songs that he performs himself. He has played with an colorful array of people and collectives in Finland and a bit abroad also. Some of the people he has performed with include Lenny Pickett, Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones), Anu Komsi, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Igudesman & Joo (The League of Xtrordinary Musicians) and Pekka Kuusisto. He has been selected as Pori Jazz Artist (2003), and won the prestigious Teosto Award in 2006. Overall, curiosity is what drives Marzi Nyman. And the urge to connect with people. That's why he feels very lucky and happy to be a part of O/Modernt.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Klaus Gesing is a multi-instrumentalist, writer, player, bandleader and teacher, who looks at improvisation from a wide variety of viewpoints. His collaborations in the field of Jazz reflect his widespread interest in the creation of music in realtime.
For Klaus, composing and arranging also play a very important role. His own CDs: "First Booke of Songes", "Heartluggage", "Klaus Gesing reaLTime", "Sound of Mind", are a collection of unique compositions, of which the latter two go into a completely new direction using extended electronics and live looping to produce music that is both: improvised and reproducible. He contributed many compositions to the 4 CDs with the Trio with Norma Winstone and Glauco Venier, which have been published on ECM.
Another collaboration, taking him into yet another realm of music is his longstanding collaboration with Anouar Brahem, where his bass clarinet playing and his unique way of combining melody and bass roles, work as a bridge between cultures. The trio collaboration with Björn Meyer and Samuel Rohrer, documented on their CD "amiira" is a step forward towards a contemporary concept of real-time composition, where mental awareness and the focus on form determine the musical outcome. Next to this, his interest in the work with original on-location samples continues to inspire his work in the field of film music.
Svante Henrysonstarted performing at jazz clubs in Umeåin northern Sweden as a 14-year old bassist. At the age of 16 he became a student of double bass and composition at the Ingesund School of Music in Sweden. His obvious talent landed him a position in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at age 19. Two years later he became the orchestra’s Principal Bassist.
He then made a drastic change in direction. He took his electric bass to the United States for a three-year stint with the world famous heavy metal band Rising Force.
Svante Henryson has now also made a name for himself as charismatic solo cellist and chamber musician. The voice of his electrified acoustic cello is instantly recognizable. Whether performing jazz, rock or raga, it sounds as if it always belonged there.
In recent years, this multi-faceted multi-instrumentalist has enjoyed great success as a composer, including an award-winning Sonata for solo violin, two cello concerti, as well as concerti for modern instruments such as electric bass and steel pans.
Svante Henryson was awarded Sweden’s Jazz Musician of the Year in 2014 and the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2015. Henryson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
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.
Helge Andreas Norbakken is a graduate of the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1985–88) and is one of Scandinavia’s most renowned percussionists. He has recorded and toured internationally with the Mari Boine Band, Maria Joao, Jon Balke, Kari Bremnes, and an impressive list of Norwegian and international musicians.
He has also recorded with; Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvaer, Morten Harket, Kari Bremnes, Mathias Eick, Joao/Laginha, Paolo Freso, David Linx, Diederik Wissels, Jon Hassell, Ayub Ogada, Trondheim Jazzorchestra, Odd Norstoga, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Karl Seglem.
Norbakken has developed his unique, distinctive personal style through sound research, hand-made instruments and merging of timbres. His main focus is the improvisation, creating polyphonyic structures and creating space in the music.
Sam Wilson is a percussionist, composer and vocalist based in London. Active in many genres of music and performance, his work has taken him to concert halls, comedy clubs, stadiums and festivals around the world. He is an avid creator, taking a collaborative and compositional role in most of the work he does, and has undertaken numerous engagements of devising for television and radio.
Sam studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he graduated with the Lord Mayor’s Prize. During his study he was highly committed to new music performance, and the integration of theatre. When being interviewed following his 12-year-term as Principal of the Guildhall, Barry Ife described Sam’s final recital performance of Georges Aperghis’ Le Corps A Corpsas his highlight, stating “I have never been so profoundly affected and shocked by a performance in my entire life.”
Recent projects include a long-standing Boiler Room collaboration with the visionary producer Actress, (culminating in sold out performances at the Barbican and the Strelka Institute in Moscow), Terry Riley’s In C performed with the London Contemporary Orchestra and the composer himself in London, the world premiere of G.F. Haas’ Solstices(a 70 minute work to be performed by the Riot Ensemble in total darkness), concerts and masterclasses with the percussion quartet 4-Mality, numerous soundtracks for film and television (including 2018's smash hit Black Panther), and performing in London’s production of Hamilton.
Between 2011 and 2017 Sam featured in the hip hop comedy act Abandoman, alongside freestyler and comedian Rob Broderick. Sam began collaborating with Rob in 2011, and gradually undertook a more central role in the duo; eventually devising and co-producing all of the material. Their 2014 show Hot Deskwas declared the “Best Musical Show” of the Edinburgh Fringe by The Sunday Times, and their 2016 Fringe show Life + Rhymessold a record run of 10,000 tickets. The last few years have seen them appear frequently on British and Irish prime-time television (including as the house band for Alan Carr's Happy Houron Channel 4), headline comedy stages at every major music festival in the country, tour to North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, and support Ed Sheeran on a major UK tour.
Sam met composer and electronic artist Anna Meredith in 2010, and has since then performed in her band and helped create her live touring show. He shares writing credits on her album Varmints, (winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award, ‘Best New Music’ on Pitchfork, and a mass of 5* reviews from the British and international press), and has co-devised solo/duo works with her including Brisk Widowfor drum kits, lights and quad audio, and Gigue, for dance mat. The live band shows are intense and intricate mini-symphonies, in which Sam drums and sings. Writing on his combined performance in The Guardian, critic Maddy Costa describes a “luminous falsetto as delicate as his limbs are forceful and demanding elsewhere”. They have brought their show all across Europe, including Berghain (Berlin), Pohoda Festival (Slovakia) and Iceland Airwaves Festival. In 2017 the band embarked on their fist American tour, and were named in the top 10 bands of SXSW Festival by The New York Times. 2018 saw them record their debut at NPR's infamous Tiny Deskseries, of which creative director Bob Boilen said: “Out of nearly 700 performances at the Tiny Desk, this is simply the most exhilarating one I've experienced.” Their follow-up to Varmintsis expected in 2019.
Sam is grateful for the support of JH Audio and Sabian Cymbals.
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.