Nicolas Dautricourt

Voted « ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year » at the Midem in Cannes, Sacem « Georges Enesco » Prize,  Nicolas Dautricourt is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation.

Invited to join the prestigious Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York, he appears at major venues around the world (Washington Kennedy Center , New York Alice Tully Hall, London Wigmore Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Boston Gardner Museum, Teatro Nacional de Belém, Copenhagen Concert Hall, Ongakudo Hall Kanazawa, Nagoya Shirakawa Hall, Sendai city Hall… ), in France (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Cité de la Musique, Metz Arsenal, Musée d’Orsay, Opéra du Rhin, Grand Théâtre de Provence, etc.), and he is invited to many artistic events, including La Chaise-Dieu, La Roque d’Antheron, Printemps des Arts (Monaco), La Côte St André, Festival de l’Orangerie (Sceaux), Festival Chopin at Bagatelle (Paris), Parc Floral (Vincennes), Folles Journées de Nantes, Rencontres Musicales de La Baule, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Deauville Easter Festival, Les Arcs, Périgord Noir, Auvers-sur-Oise, Musique à l’Empéri.

 

He also takes part in festivals abroad, such as Bucharest (Roumania), Lockenhaus (Austria), Music@Menlo (Usa), Ravinia (Usa), Himeji/Le Pont Festival (Japon), Sintra (Portugal), Davos (Switzerland), and has performed as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, l’Orchestre National de France, Québec Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Kiev Philharmonic, Mexico Philharmonic, Belgrad Philharmonic, NHK Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Scala di Milano Ensemble, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, European Camerata, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre de l’Opéra de St-Etienne, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon, Sendai Strings Ensemble, Novossibirsk Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Baltic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre Symphonique de Caen, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre Français des Jeunes, under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Järvi, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Fabien Gabel, Tugan Sokhiev, Michael Francis, Kazuki Yamada, Dennis Russell Davis, Yuri Bashmet, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Mishiyoshi Inoue, Jacques Mercier, Faycal Karoui, Vahan Mardirossian, Stanislas Lefort, Mark Foster, Arie Van Beek and others.

 

Nicolas Dautricourt, who is appreciated for his « sensitivity and passionate manner », is particularly fond of chamber music, which he plays alongside many inspiring artists, and keenly interested in jazz, he works regularly with top players such as Jean-Marie Ecay, Nelson Veras, Jean-Philippe Viret, Jean-Marc Jafet, Antoine Hervé, Dominique Fillon, Pascal Schumacher, as well as the accordionist Richard Galliano as a member of the Tangaria Quartet the Piazzolla Forever project, in such festivals as Jazz à Vienne, Marciac, Sud-Tyroler Jazz Festival, San Javier, Copenhagen, Athens…

Finalist and prize-winner of numerous international violin competitions, such as the  Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia and the Gian-Battista Viotti in Vercelli Competitions, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Gérard Poulet and Jean Mouillère among others, and became in 2007 artistic director of « Les Moments Musicaux de Gerberoy».

Nicolas Dautricourt plays a magnificent instrument by Antonio Stradivarius (Cremona, 1713), the ”Château Fombrauge”, on a generous loan from Bernard Magrez.

 

Aurora Höstfestival 2018

Aurora Masterclasses Vänersborg

Emily Beynon

Emily Beynon is principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam.

Born in Wales, Emily Beynon began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy and with Alain Marion in Paris. In 2002 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily has performed as concerto soloist with, amongst others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Orchestras, NHK Symphony, the Vienna, Prague, Netherlands and English Chamber Orchestras and the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields.

As a chamber musician she works regularly with her sister, the harpist, Catherine Beynon and the pianist Andrew West. Emily has made guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Steven Isserlis, Lukas Hagen, Daishin Kashimoto, Jean-Yves Tibaudet, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Kungsbacka Trio and Skampa and Brodsky Quartets.

She is frequently heard on BBC radio and Classic FM, and has featured in several television documentaries for Thames, the BBC and AVRO (Netherlands)

Emily is an enthusiastic protagonist of new music and has had many new works written for her by some of the UK’s leading composers: John Woolrich, Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, Errollyn Wallen and Roxanna Panufnik. In 2008 Universal Edition has released a book of contemporary works entitled “Flute Project: new pieces for flute solo” on which she collaborated with Matthieu Dufour (Chicago Symphony), Kazushi Saito (Tokyo Philharmonic) and Emmanuel Pahud (Berlin Philharmonic)

A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world. In 2009, together with business woman (and amateur flautist), Suzanne Wolff, Emily set up the Netherlands Flute Academy; www.neflac.nl

Niklas Sivelöv

“a pianist of utmost sensational quality”
Göteborgsposten (recital at the Barbican, London)

Niklas Sivelov
est un pianiste dont l’intelligence sait explorer toutes les ressources de son instrument …
et avec un virtuosité pétillante

[
Niklas Sivelov is a pianist whose intelligence allows him to explore all the
resources of his instrument …
and with a sparkling virtuosity.] (Geneva: Prokofiev Piano Concerto no.3)
“…w
ith an intense brilliance, a finely controlled touch, exquisitely formed detail and an impeccable sense of
style”

Politiken (recital at the Tivoli, Copenhagen)
“The Renoir of the piano. One of the most interesting pianists of our time.”

Nordjyske Stiftstidende (recital in Aalborg)
As one of the leading Scandinavian pianists, the award-winning pianist and composer
Niklas Sivelöv
has taken his career to new international heights with an extensive catalogue of recordings for such labels as BIS, Caprice, Dacapo, Naxos, Toccata Classics and AMC
Classical, some of which have been awarded the Diapason d’or, C
HOK and the Penguin Rosette. His concert career spans four continents, including venues such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Tivoli Copenhagen and the Atheneum in Bucharest. He has won critical acclaim and enchanted audiences for his artistic temperament, impeccable technique and spellbinding stage presence. His wide-ranging concert repertoire covers Bach to Skryabin, Scandinavian composers and beyond, and includes approximately 50 piano concerti including four of his own. As a composer of note, his catalogue of works includes three symphonies, 24 Preludes for piano and several chamber music pieces.
Niklas Sivelöv
is also a notable improviser, with several successful recordings and collaborations: the CD
Improvisational 1
was a sensational success at
The Independent Music Awards
, where he was the first Scandinavian to win the prize for the best classical album and was
given the People’s Choice Award
.
The leading orchestras with which Niklas Sivelöv has performed include the Stockholm Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle, Suisse Romande (Geneva) and Prague Radio Symphony under the baton of many distinguished conductors, among them Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kristjan Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Mario Venzago Jukka-Pekka Saraste , Grzegorz Nowak, Janos Fürst and Leif Segerstam The instrumentalists with whom he has performed include the Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, cellist Leonid Gorokhov, flautist Patrick Gallois and violinist Zakhar Bron. Niklas Sivelöv grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden, where he began playing the organ as a six-year-old; his first compositions followed soon after. He played by ear until he was 14, when he began traditional piano instruction and learned to read music. He studied with, among others, Gabriel Amiras and Maria Curcio Diamond, students of the famed Heinrich Neuhaus and Artur Schnabel.. He lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen. His book on the art of piano-playing, distilled from a lifetime of performance and study, will be published in October. He was recently knighted by the Queen of Denmark as Knight of the Order of Dannebrog.

Daniel Berg

Daniel Berg is a versatile marimba soloist, composer and educator. He holds the position as the percussion and chamber music teacher at the

University Colleges of Music in Stockholm, Örebro and Gothenburg (Sweden).

In his passion to promote the marimba as a solo- and chamber music instrument, Daniel has worked intimately with a number of composers who have written original music for the instrument.

This includes more than 200 world premieres for solo and chamber works.

As a composer Daniel has written a couple of solo works for marimba like

Over the Moon, December and Blue Memories. The pieces belong today to the standard marimba repertoire.

His works are published at the Edition Svitzer (Denmark), Norsk Musikforlag AS (Norway) Gehrmans (Sweden) and Keyboard Percussion Publications (USA).

Daniel Berg plays Bergerault marimbas and use Elite Mallets.

Sami Al Fakir

Stockholm born and raised, Sami Al Fakir has been the tuba player of Stockholm Chamber Brass since 2014.  Before joining the quintet Sami was the Tubist of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra and Linné Brass Quintet, a position he held from 2006-2009.  Sami studied at Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Prof. Michael Lind where he won a 1st prize scholarship to study in the college. After finishing his studies he also received the prestigious Gålösiftelsens/Sixten Gemzéus travelling scholarship and 2nd Prize at the Svenska Solistpriset, (Swedish Soloist Prize). After his competition success Sami went on to perform solos with both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gävle Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest with Sweden’s orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Swedish Opera, Swedish Radio Symphony and Swedish Chamber Orchestra as well as the Oslo Opera.  Since he could walk Sami has always been a performer and when he finds time to put the tuba down he can regularly be seen playing drums in the ‘Knights of the Nights’ or singing in the ‘Sami Al Fakir Orchestra.’ Sami often appears on stage and television and between October 2008 to October 2010 he toured Sweden in the 2 person show ‘Dina dagar är räknade,’ alongside Sissela Kyle. A year later he performed in the play ‘Blottard’ with Maria Lundqvist. He can regularly be seen on television performing alongside his good friend, the comedian Henrik Schyffert.

Lars Karlin

Lars Karlin is a Swedish trombonist and arranger living in Berlin, Germany. He started trombone studies at the age of twelve under Hans-Göran Olson at the Music School in Borlänge, Sweden. Further studies were made at the Conservatory of Music in Falun, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm under Sven-Erik Eriksson, The Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover under Jonas Bylund and at the University for Music and Arts in Berlin under Andreas Klein.

Lars is a Prizewinner of numerous National and International Music Competitions including: The Lieksa International Trombone Competition in 2008, The Aeolus International Competition for Winds in 2010 & double 1st Prizewinner (as soloist and member of an Ensemble) of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb in 2011.

Since January 2015 Lars is Solotrombonist of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and became a Yamaha Artist in January of 2018.

Besides being a Solo Trombone Player with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Lars has performed with orchestras such as the Norwegian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Denmark, The Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatsoper Hannover, Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin & the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Lars has performed as a soloist with orchestras/ensembles such as Dalasinfoniettan, Polish National Chamber Orchestra, Arcata Stuttgart, Philharmoniches Orchester Altenburg-Gera, Orchester des Nordharzer Städtebundtheaters, Rundfunkorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin & the Stockholm Chamber Brass.

Lars released his first Solo Album ”A Swedish Trombone Wilderness” on the label of Genuin in the Spring 2014. The Album included two first-time-on-CD recorded pieces. Lars arrangement of ”Three Swedish Songs” (Koppången by Per- Erik Moreaus, Visa i Midsommartid by Håkan Norlén & Gammal Fäbodpsalm by Oskar Lindberg) performed and recorded by the Trombone Unit Hannover & Lars Karlin got perhaps the most attention and has been played numerous times at concerts and on Swedish radio.

In 2007, Lars was one of the founding members of the Trombone Unit Hannover and he also written much of their existing repertoire. Their latest CD ”Living on the Edge” by the Trombone Unit Hannover was recorded exclusively with arrangements by Lars Karlin.

Lars’ latest project is a newly formed Trio. This year, he joined forces with Basstrombonist Tomer Maschkowski & Pianist Ohad Ben-Ari. They are dedicated to the goal to making great chamber music.

Tom Poulson

Tom Poulson has performed across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.  He is a member of Stockholm Chamber Brass, WorldBrass and KammarensembleN and a prize winner at various international competitions, including the Aeolus International Music Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf and Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe competition.

As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Royal Stockholm and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras, Düsseldorf and Nürnberger Symphonikers amongst others and was the soloist in a private concert for Princess Anne in Mauritius.  Tom’s passion for new music has seen him give dozens of premieres of works by composers such as Mike Svoboda, Oliver Searle, Gareth Williams and Timothy Cooper.  He regularly appears as a guest of contemporary music groups including the Ensemble Modern (Germany), Red Note (Scotland) and Aarhus Sinfonietta (Denmark).

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studied with John Wallace, he performed Jolivet’s Concertino for Trumpet, Piano and Strings with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is also a graduate of the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt and of the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, where he studied with Prof. Kristian Steenstrup.

Currently Tom is serving a one year trial as Co-Principal Trumpet with Västerås Sinfonietta.  He has appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.  He has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, performing under the baton of Pierre Boulez, and worked as an onstage musician with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Tom regularly gives masterclasses on trumpet performance and chamber music and is currently a guest teacher at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and a Trumpet and Brass section coach of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.

“I couldn’t get the smile off my face during Oliver Searle’s trumpet Sequenza… Tom Poulson’s performance was staggering.”

Michael Tumelty – The Herald

Graham Mitchell

Winner of the 1998 Scottish Bass Trust International Competition, Graham was born in Scotland and started playing the double bass at the age of 15. He studied with Duncan McTier at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. On graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, Graham was invited to become professor of Double Bass, and in 2002 he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for outstanding achievement in the music profession.

Graham enjoys a busy and varied chamber music career, both performing and recording for BBC Radio 3. Among others he has performed with the Nash Ensemble, Leopold String Trio, the Florestan, Angel and Gould Piano Trios and the Composers Ensemble. Graham has recorded Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Leopold Trio and pianist Paul Lewis under Hyperion, and its release has been a huge success including being chosen for Recording of the Week for Classic FM and HMV. He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1998, works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) and has been guest principal with the Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio (SWR), BBC NOW, English National Opera (ENO), Welsh National Opera (WNO), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan) and the London Chamber Orchestra. Graham is also a guest tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO)

As a soloist Graham has performed Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the Oare String Orchestra, Bottesini’s Grand Duo for Violin and Double Bass with the Martel Ensemble (director Malcolm Layfield), Fantasy on La Sonnambula with the English Soloists’ Ensemble and Sound Collective and the Passione Amorosa with Matthew MacDonald (Principal Solo Bass, Berlin Philharmonic). He was the first double bass player to perform at the Manchester International Cello Festival where he performed Rossini’s Duetto for cello and bass.

In recent years, he has performed with the Florestan and Gould piano trios at the Peasmarsh and Corbridge chamber festivals, a duet with world-renowned jazz bassist John Patitucci in Mark Anthony Turnage’s A Prayer out of Stillness. Graham was invited by Steven Isserlis to perform at the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festival followed by a national tour and Wigmore Hall performance. These performances resulted in IMS Prussia Cove winning the chamber prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2008.

Graham was a mentor at the Mendelssohn and Mull Festival with Levon Chilingirian, as well as the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festivals and performing at the Kungsbacka festival with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio and Lawrence Power.

He is extremely grateful to the Stradivari Trust in helping him acquire his 1750 Italian double bass attributed to the Testore family.