French-American clarinetist Johnny Teyssier was recently appointed principal clarinetist of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra after serving as principal clarinet of Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. He also serves as principal clarinetist of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, and has been a guest principal in the Rotterdam Philharmonic among others. As a soloist, he has played recitals throughout the United States and Europe, and has played concertos with the Malmö Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Hilton Head Symphony.
Johnny Teyssier is also passionate about chamber music, and is a founding member of the Sixth Floor Trio. Johnny began playing clarinet at the age of eleven, studying with Dwayne Van Wyhe, and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy as a student of Nathan Williams. At the age of seventeen, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Donald Montanaro. In 2011, he completed an Artist Diploma at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, studying with Yehuda Gilad.
Since being awarded the Best Interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Second Prize at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (b. 1995) has gained international attention. He has also been selected to take part in the 2017/18 Rising Stars series of the European Concert Hall Organisation.
In his young career, he has already performed with orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Adam Fischer, Keith Lockhart, Hannu Lintu, Cornelius Meister, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kristiina Poska and John Storgårds.
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays an Antonio Stradivari (Cremona) violin.
Jesper Svedberg grew up in the Swedish town of Boras, Sweden and at age six started playing the piano followed at the age of eight by the cello. His first teacher was Guido Vecchi, former solo cellist of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. From 1993, he studied with Frans Helmersson at the Edsberg Institute of Music and later continued his studies with Torleif Theden and completed his postgraduate solo diploma in 1998. In 1999, Jesper continued his studies with Louise Hopkins at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in 2001 with a Masters degree in Chamber Music.
As a soloist, Jesper has performed with orchestras including the Swedish Radio Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic and the Dala Symfonietta. In chamber music, Jesper has collaborated with musicians such as Edgar Meyer, Truls Mork, Anthony Marwood, Radovan Vladkovic, Emily Beynon and Lars-Anders Tomter and has taken part in many Masterclasses, including those of Boris Pergamenshikow, Arto Noras and Andrew Shulman.
Jesper is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio. Since 2001, he has been a member of the teaching staff at the Gothenburg University where he teaches chamber music. The Kungsbacka Piano Trio has also been appointed Associate Ensemble at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jesper plays a rare 1699 Grancino cello, kindly loaned by the Järnåker Foundation.
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music.
Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through its live performances and vast recording output – highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to 1985’s Oscar-winning film Amadeus – the orchestra quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound.
A remarked member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme for 2013-2015, Lise Berthaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding figure on the international music scene.
She has performed in various prestigious concert venues throughout the world (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Cheltenham Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, Festival de Montpellier-Radio France, Festival Berlioz de la Côte Saint-André, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, Davos Festival, Moritzburg Festival, Schubertiade Hohenems, Louisiana Museum in Denmark, Korlsholm festival in Finland, Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian Festival International de Colmar…) with such artists as Renaud Capuçon, Eric Le Sage, Augustin Dumay, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emmanuel Pahud, Gordan Nikollich, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alina Ibragimova, Veronika Eberle, Christian Poltera, Daishin Kashimoto, Quatuor Ebène, the Modigliani Quartet.
As a soloist, Lise has played with all BBC orchestras, including for her BBC Proms Debut in 2014 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton. Other solo engagements include the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, les Musiciens du Louvre, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paulo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, and various orchestras in France, with conductors like Sakari Oramo, Fabien Gabel, Emmanuel Krivine, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Litton, François Leleux, Paul Mc Creesh, Marc Minkowski.
Her passion for contemporary music has also lead her to collaborate with various composers, including Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich, Henri Dutilleux, Gyorgy Kurtag, Guillaume Connesson and Florentine Mulsant.
“Håkan Hardenberger, the cleanest, subtlest trumpet player on earth.”
Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading soloists, consistently recognized for his phenomenal performances and tireless innovation. Alongside his performances of the classical repertory, he is also renowned as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.
Hardenberger performs with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Martyn Brabbins, Péter Eötvös, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.
The works written for and championed by Hardenberger stand as key highlights in the repertory and include those by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Hans Werner Henze, Steven Mackey, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt, Toru Takemitsu, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and HK Gruber’s concerto Aerial, which has received its 70th performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2015.
In summer 2018, Hardenberger returns to the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andris Nelsons with B.A. Zimmermann’s trumpet concerto “Nobody knows the trouble I see”, celebrating his centenary. At the BBC Proms he performs Brandenburg concerto No. 2 attacca into Steven Mackey’s response to Bach’s original, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Both concertos will be released on the BIS label later in the season. He returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, before embarking on a tour together to the Royal Festival Hall London, Malmö Live, Konserthuset Stockholm, Latvian National Opera and Konzerthaus Dortmund. In November he is giving his debut at Carnegie Hall with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, with HK Gruber’s “Aerial”. Spring 2019 sees the world premieres of Robin Holloway’s trumpet concerto with BBC Philharmonic and Tobias Brostroem’s concerto for two trumpets with Jeroen Berwaerts and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, both with John Storgårds. Hardenberger also returns to the Orchestre de Paris, Dresdner Philharmonie and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Conducting is an integral part of Hardenberger’s music making. He conducts orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic, Saint Paul and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, Dresdner Philharmonie, RTÉ National Symphony Dublin, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
To add to his prolific discography, on the Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BIS labels. Hardenberger anticipates the release of duo recording with Colin Currie, which features duos by composers such as Brett Dean and André Jolivet (LSO Live). The duo performs in London, Malmö, Aldeburgh, Wimbledon and Bergen. Together with Roland Pöntinen, he returns to Wigmore Hall and performs at Kunstfestspiele Hannover and in Detmold. As the Artistic Director of the Malmö Chamber Music Festival, he features the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Xavier de Maistre as well as composers in residence Mark Anthony Turnage and Betsy Jolas.
Hardenberger was born in Malmö, Sweden. He began studying the trumpet at the age of eight with Bo Nilsson in Malmö and continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, with Pierre Thibaud, and in Los Angeles with Thomas Stevens. He is a professor at the Malmö Academy of Music.
Sebastian Stevensson received the Swedish Soloist Prize from The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2016 for ”his world class virtuosic mastery of his instrument and his strong ability to communicate with audiences and fellow musicians.”
Sebastian started playing clarinet as a child before taking up bassoon at the age of ten. After studying with Knut Sönstevold at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, he moved to Germany to study with Ole Kristian Dahl at the Mannheim University of Music. In 2015 Sebastian Stevensson worked as solo bassoonist at the Munich Philhamonic under Valerij Gergijev. Sebastian is today the solo bassoonist at the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and he also teaches at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
As a guest musician, Sebastian Stevensson has collaborated with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Göran Söllscher is an award-winning virtuoso classical guitarist known for his broad range of musical interpretations, ranging from Bach to the Beatles. Söllscher’s international career began during his years of education at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, when at the age of 23, he won the Concours International de Guitare in Paris 1978. Söllscher has regularly performed with most Scandinavian orchestras, and has toured North America, Europe, Japan and China. He has played with the Camerata Bern, the New Japan Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, together with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Sixten Ehrling and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Göran Söllscher has recorded numerous albums for Deutsche Grammophon and has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Gil Shaham, Jian Wang, Patrick Gallois and Håkan Hardenberger. He is also known for playing lute music by Baroque composers, such as Weiss and J.S. Bach, on a custom-made eleven-string alto guitar. Söllscher is recipient of the royal medal Litteris et Artibus and a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Guitarist Mats Bergström (b. 1961 in Gävle, Sweden) grew up in a family of musicians in Stockholm. After graduating from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, a further year of study in London and a debut concert in Wigmore Hall, he primarily worked as a session musician during the 1980s, playing his trade with both the electric and acoustic guitar. Two years of study at the Juilliard School in New York at the beginning of the 1990s were followed by a conscious orientation towards chamber music. These days he can often be heard accompanying our foremost singers or as a cross-boundary soloist and ensemble musician.
During the 2011 BBC Proms, his performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint was a major success at the Royal Albert Hall. The following year his recording of the same piece was released on CD and Blu-ray. His discography also includes Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with Olle Persson (Caprice), My Love with Malena Ernman (BIS), Sånger utan ord with Georg Riedel (Naxos), Tárrega: Guitar Music (Naxos) and Dadodado (Mats Bergström Musik).
In the last few concert seasons, engagements with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Barcelona 216, Anne Sofie von Otter and Malena Ernman have taken him to the Wiener Musikverein, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Festival Hall (London), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires) Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Dalhalla (Rättvik in Sweden). He has also presented his interpretation of Bach’s collected works for the solo violin, Sei Solo, in Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna, Sweden.
Mats Bergström has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2006, and in 2011 he received the royal Litteris et Artibus medal.
Andreas Brantelid was born in Copenhagen in 1987 to Swedish/Danish parents. He made his concert debut at the age of 14 with the Royal Danish Orchestra playing the Elgar Cello Concerto. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia.
Andreas’ recent recital and chamber appearances included Seoul, Berlin, Paris, Dresden and the Dortmund Konzerthaus, where he has been a ‘Junge Wilde’ artist. He has previously performed in New York (Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully), London (Wigmore Hall), Chicago, Zurich, Vancouver, Barcelona and Salzburg. In the 2008/09 season he was nominated by the European Concert Hall Organization for their ‘Rising Star’ recital series. Andreas very much enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has played at many important festivals including Jerusalem, Schleswig-Holstein, Bergen, Lockenhaus, Kuhmo, Verbier, and the City of London.
His debut concerto disc of the Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra was released by EMI in 2008. This was followed by a disc of chamber music by Chopin including his cello sonata (2010) and an Encore disc (2012). A disc of complete works for cello and piano by Grieg was released by BIS in March 2015. In 2014, Andreas Brantelid was appointed adjunct professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.
Andreas won 1st Prize in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition (2006) and the Paulo International Cello Competition (2007). He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner in 2008. He was also recently a member of the Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society in New York and the BBC’s New Generation Artist scheme. He studied with Mats Rondin, Torleif Thedéen and Frans Helmersson. Andreas plays the ‘Boni-Hegar’ Stradivarius from 1707, kindly lent to him by the Norwegian Art Collector Christen Sveaas.
Johan Bridger received the 2004 Swedish Soloist’s Prize. In the same year he managed to win 1stprize in the Belgium International Marimba Duo Competition and make a grandiose debut at both the Wigmore Hall in London and PASIC in the US. Since then Bridger has given numerous critically praised performances, both nationwide and internationally; throughout Europe, in Russia, Japan and the US. Bridger has performed at major venues, such as La Biennale di Venezia, Mariinsky Theatre and Carnegie Hall and collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists including Thomas Søndergård, Mats Rondin, Eva Ollikainen, Hans Pålsson, Per Tengstrand, Hugo Ticciati, Urban Agnas and Håkan Hardenberger.
Born in Sweden 1976, Johan Bridger received his education from Malmö Academy of Music and Northwestern University in Chicago. His principal teachers were Lennart Gruvstedt, Leigh Howard Stevens and Professor Michael Burritt. He is privileged to premier works by leading composers, such as Alejandro Vinao, Pius Cheung, Marcin Blazewitz, Daniel Börtz, Staffan Storm and Tobias Broström.
Patrick Raab is a sought after musician in the Scandinavian Orchestras, both as percussionist and timpanist. He has worked as percussionist at the Royal Operahouse in Copenhagen and is timpanist with Concerto Copenhagen. He has attended at several tv and radio broadcasts and appears on many cd and dvd´s, such as the complete cycle of the Ring of the Niebelung from the Royal Operahouse, Copenhagen. Born in Sweden 1977, Raab graduated from Malmö Academy of Music in 2001. Principal teacher was Lennart Gruvstedt. Raab was 2018 appointed principal timpanist/percussionist of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
Formed in 1997, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio has gained an enviable reputation as one of the most outstanding ensembles of its kind.
Having established its credentials early on by winning First Prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, they went on to join the Young Concert Artists’ Trust, the BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists’ scheme, and became “Rising Stars” with the European Concert Halls Organisation, performing at venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Konzerthaus, Vienna.
In the United Kingdom, the Trio performs at the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, LSO St Luke’s and the City of London, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Festivals. Recent highlights include concert tours in Germany, France, Switzerland and Sweden, performances at the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, BBC Proms in London, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and BBC broadcasts from the Lammermuir, Gower and Belfast International Music Festivals.
Malin Broman, violin
Jesper Svedberg, cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra is the ensemble that brings live music – indeed the music of life – to each and every individual member of the audience. The vast realm that is art music is handled with the utmost precision and elegance by its 15 string players. The repertoire consists of baroque and romantic as well as modernist and contemporary music from a wide variety of genres. Listening to Musica Vitae is intimate and close, magnificent and dramatically colorful. Spearheaded by Artistic Director Malin Broman the ensemble presents musically unconventional constellations, continually forging new ties with leading soloists, conductors and composers worldwide.
In the year 2017 Musica Vitae performed at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm, and 2017 was also the year the orchestra released their latest CD, Games for Souls, with Malin Broman as the soloist. Musica Vitae appear on stages big and small in Sweden and abroad. Internationally, the orchestra has been warmly greeted in China, the United States, Greece, Switzerland, Germany and Spain to name but a few countries.
Tomo Keller started playing the violin at the age of six and at ten years old he gave his first performances as a soloist with an orchestra.
Tomo studied at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts and New York’s Juilliard School. Numerous prizes and awards followed, including 1st prize at the Austrian National Music Competition and the Grand Prize at the German Music Competition Berlin.
He has since performed at major concert halls all around the world, including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Kirov Theatre St Petersburg and the Barbican in London.
As a soloist Tomo Keller has performed with the Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, St Petersburg Camerata, London Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Concert tours have led him all across Europe, as well as Russia, Asia, America and the Middle East.
Tomo Keller is a much sought-after orchestral leader, having led the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2014-present). He has appeared with more than 20 orchestras as guest leader including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, DSO Berlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra. Tomo was appointed Director / Leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in December 2015.
Tomo’s recordings include solo works by Bach, Bartók and Ysaÿe, orchestral recordings including Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète with Sir John Eliot Gardiner/LSO, and Avant Gershwin with Patti Austin and the WDR Big Band, which was awarded a Grammy in 2008.
He has given masterclasses and orchestral classes at the Guildhall School and the Royal Academy of Music London as well as in South Korea and the United States.