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Mis/Reading Beethoven

14 - 19 June 2019

Unmodern at O/Modernt IV

Ludwig van Beethoven Horn Sonata in F Major Op. 17

Allegro moderato
Poco adagio quasi andante
Rondo: Allegro moderato

Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major Op. 102, No. 2

Allegro con brio
Adagio con molto sentiment d’affetto – Attacca
Allegro – Allegro fugato

Ludwig van Beethoven Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds Op. 16

Grave – Allegro ma non troppo
Andante cantabile
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Anni Haapaniemi oboe
Sacha Rattle clarinet
Emily Hultmark bassoon
Alec Frank-Gemmill horn
Julian Arp cello
Alasdair Beatson piano

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.

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.

Alec Frank-Gemmill horn
Alec Frank-Gemmill
Alec Frank-Gemmill
horn

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.

Sacha Rattle clarinet
Sacha Rattle
Sacha Rattle
clarinet

Since his highly praised 2009 solo debut at Berlin’s Philharmonie,Sacha Rattlehas become an established soloist. Noted for his immense sensitivity, warm character and unique sound, his career has developed rapidly with performances throughout Europe, including festival appearances at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Spannungen Festival, OCM Prussia Cove and Istanbul Music Festival. Sacha has also appeared at prestigious concert halls, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Cadogan Hall, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Herbst Theater in San Francisco and the National Concert Hall, Taipei, where he made his Asian debut as soloist with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. Sacha has collaborated as a chamber musician with artists such as Lars Vogt, Isabelle Faust, Katia and Marielle Labèque, François Leleux and Guy Braunstein and is a founding member of the ensemble “Berlin Counterpoint”, a wind and piano sextet that has been enjoying great success world-wide.

Emily Hultmark bassoon
Emily Hultmark
Emily Hultmark
bassoon

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.

Anni Haapaniemi oboe
Anni Haapaniemi
Anni Haapaniemi
oboe

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.

Moonlight

A ‘sonata in the manner of a fantasy’, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ sonata (1801) contains the most memorable reverie in western music. Its familiar soubriquet was coined in 1832 by the German poet Ludwig Rellstab, who said it shimmered like reflected moonlight on Lake Lucerne. The ‘Moonlight’ sonata introduces a concert dedicated to the power of the moon on composers including Schubert, Schumann and Henry Mancini, not neglecting Nicholas Britell’s Oscar-nominated score for the film Moonlight (2015). The performance concludes with Schoenberg’s impassioned meditation on nocturnal light, Verklärte Nacht.

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27, No. 2

Adagio sostenuto
Allegretto
Presto agitato

Franz Schubert Der Wandrer an den Mond D 870
Arvo Pärt Es sang vor langen Jahren
Nicholas Britell 'Little's Theme' from Moonlight (Original Soundtrack)
Claude Debussy ‘Claire de lune’ from Suite bergamesque
Gabriel Fauré ‘La lune blanche luit dans les bois’ from La bonne chanson

- Interval -

Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 (‘Transfigured Night’)

- Interval -

Nicholas Britell 'Ride Home' from Moonlight
Reynaldo Hahn L'heure exquise
Nicholas Britell 'The Middle of the World' from Moonlight
Henry Mancini Moon River
Nicholas Britell 'Chef's Special' from Moonlight
Elvis Presley (arr. Marzi Nyman) Blue Moon (Take 9/M)
Nicholas Britell 'End Credits Suite' from Moonlight
Sting (arr. Marzi Nyman) Practival Arrangement
Reijo Taipale (arr. Marzi Nyman) Tähdet Meren Yllä ('Stars above the Sea')


Anne Sofie von Otter mezzosoprano
Johannes Marmén violin
Hugo Ticciati violin
Fredrik Paulsson violin
Julian Arp cello
Bengt Forsberg piano
Cédric Tiberghien piano
Fabian Fredriksson guitar
Marzi Nyman electric guitar / voice

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.

Johannes Marmén violin
Johannes Marmén
Johannes Marmén
violin

Johannes Marmen studied violin at Lilla Akademien from 2006, winning a full scholarship in 2008 for the summer chamber music course Musica Mundi in Belgium, where he received coaching from Paul Badura-Skoda and members of the Talich quartet. In 2009 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he currently studies violin with Professor Berent Korfker. As a chamber musician Marmen has performed with pianists Bengt-.ke Lundin, Benedicte Haid, and Johan Fr.st. He is also a founding member of the Leonhard String Quartet. Johannes was concertmaster of the Lilla Akademien Symphony orchestras (2008–9) and concertmaster of the Swedish National Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2010, leading performances at Berwaldhallen, Chicago Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen (2010) and Tonu Kaljuste (2011–12). Prizes and awards include the Ingrid and Per Welin Scholarship from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music and the Kjerstin Dellert Confidencen Scholarship.

Marzi Nyman electric guitar
Marzi Nyman
Marzi Nyman
electric guitar

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 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.

Cédric Tiberghien piano
Cédric Tiberghien
Cédric Tiberghien
piano

Cédric Tiberghien has been particularly applauded for his versatility, as demonstrated by his wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming, an openness to explore innovative concert formats and his dynamic chamber music partnerships. Performances this season include his debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony, DSO Berlin and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. His solo recitals include London, Chicago and Tokyo, and with violinist Alina Ibragimova at the Vienna Konzerthaus and on tour to Japan and Korea. In Spring 2019 the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris) will present the premiere of Zauberland (Magic Land). During the 2017/18 season Cédric returned to the London Symphony Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras. Other recent collaborations have included the Boston Symphony, Cleveland, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras and Les Siècles at the BBC Proms.

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 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.

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 classical music.

Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo-soprano
Anne Sofie von Otter
Anne Sofie von Otter
mezzo-soprano

Internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has long been considered one of the finest singers of her generation. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of recordings and numerous awards including an International Record Critics’ Award (recording artist of the year), a Grammy Award (best classical vocal performance) for Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and a Diapason d’Or for a recording of Swedish songs with her long-time accompanist, Bengt Forsberg. She collaborated with pop legend Elvis Costello on the disc For the Stars and in October 2010 released her first recording on the Naïve label, Love Songs, a collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Subsequent recordings for Naïve include So Many Things – a collaboration with trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider – and a double CD of mélodies and chansons entitled Douce France which received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

Anne Sofie von Otter earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opéra national de Paris. She performed the role as part of a series of engagements with James Levine at The Metropolitan Opera, and also with Carlos Kleiber in New York, Tokyo and at the Wiener Staatsoper (available on DVD). Other seminal opera recordings include Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, Alceste and Orfeo ed Euridice under John Eliot Gardiner, Handel’s Ariodante and Hercules under Marc Minkowski, Pelléas et Mélisande under Bernard Haitink and Ariadne auf Naxos under Giuseppe Sinopoli.
Recent roles have included Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at the Salzburger Festspiele with Cecilia Bartoli (available on DVD); Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) under Philippe Jordan for Opéra National de Paris (available on DVD); Leocadia Begbick (Mahagonny) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Countess Geschwitz in Christoph Marthaler’s production of Lulu at Staatsoper Hamburg. She appeared as Jenny (Die Dreigroschenoper) at Theater an der Wien and as Waltraute (Die Götterdämmerung) at Festival d’Aix en Provence, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper under Sir Simon Rattle, and she created the role of Leonore in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburger Festspiele and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducted by the composer. In Helsinki in September 2017 she created the role of Charlotte Andergast in Höstsonaten/Autumn Sonata – story by cinema legend Ingmar Bergman and music of Sebastian Fagerlund, directed by Stéphane Braunschweig.
A busy concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the world where recent appearances have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and l’orchestre Les Siècles with François-Xavier Roth. She performed Kindertotenlieder at Carnegie Hall with the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera and Esa-Pekka Salonen and she appeared with Jonas Kaufmann and the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by the late Claudio Abbado, for a televised performance of Das Lied von der Erde on the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death.

Bengt Forsberg piano
Bengt Forsberg
Bengt Forsberg
piano

The Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg is widely known as an accompanist to Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and other prominent singers. As a soloist, he is noted for unearthing and performing neglected repertory. Forsbergwas born July 26, 1952, in Edleskog, Sweden. He attended the Royal Academy of Music in Gothenburg, intending to become a church organist, but switched to piano and graduated in that field in 1978. He moved abroad for further study, working with Herman D. Koppel in Copenhagen and Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He made his name as a soloist, sometimes in music that was both difficult and unfamiliar: he performed Nikolai Medtner's Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 50, with the Stockholm Philharmonic in 1999, and his solo repertory includes works of such composers as Charles Alkan and Kaikhosru Sorabji as well as standard French works. Forsberg has recorded several works by Saint-Saëns for the Hyperion label, and he has also issued recordings of music by Charles Koechlin, Léon Boëllmann, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, among others. He is perhaps best known, however, not for virtuoso solo work but for his performances and recordings as an accompanist, where he plays a background, although certainly critical, role. Foremost among his collaborations has been that with von Otter; their recording association began in 1989 with an album of songs by Jan Sibelius and has continued prolifically under the aegis of Sweden's BIS label, touching not only on Scandinavian repertory but on such novelties as songs by French composer Cécile Chaminade. Among their most acclaimed recordings was a recital of songs composed in the Terezin concentration camp during World War II. In 2018, von Otter and Forsberg released the multinational recital A Simple Song on BIS. Forsberg has also joined instrumentalists in duets and trios, recording music by the little-known Swedish composer Amanda Maier with violinist Cecilia Zilliacus and viola-and-piano music by York Bowen with British violist James Boyd.

Fabian Fredriksson guitar
Fabian Fredriksson
Fabian Fredriksson
guitar

Swedish songwriter/producer and guitarist Fabian Fredriksson, born 1991, is a graduate of Musikmakarna, a swedish producing/songwriting school. Fabian appears as guitarist on the Grammy winner cd Douce France and on So Many Things ( 2018) with Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg on organ.
He has performed at concerts in Hanoi, Adelaide, Usedom, London and Stockholm.

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