Venancio Rius

Spanish concertist and professor Venancio Rius is a passionate communicator whose stimulating ideas and enthusiastic creative music-making captivate professional musicians as well as music lovers, the world over. Hailed by the press as a brilliant artist and virtuoso clarinetist with a consummate musicianship, he can be heard at international festivals as well as prestigious universities and conservatoires in all continents. His teaching has produced first-prize winners in some of the most important competitions.

Venancio Rius has performed in Austria, Argentina, China, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Korea, Luxemburg, Mexico, Mongolia, Oman, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. He has played premieres of Aaron Copland, Martín Kutnowski, Manuel Garcia-Morante, Adolfo Villalonga, and Juan Pons. He has played with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, London Schubert Chamber Orchestra, Buenos Aires Amadeus Orchestra, Castellón Youth Symphony Orchestra and China Dunshan Symphony, among others.

As a performer he was recognized by the USC Concerto Competition, INAEM Music Competition, and the Buffet North American Clarinet Competition. He was also a recipient of the Honor Prize from the Valencia Superior Conservatory of Music, the Gordon & Lillian Hardy Award, the Bruce Zalkind Memorial Prize, 2007 China International Clarinet Festival and he received the “Fortea Award for the Arts 2012” in recognition to his illustrious international career, granted by the IDM-Institute for the Musical Development.

He has taught at the University of Southern California as Yehuda Gilad substitute, the Valencia, Murcia and Castilla-La Mancha Superior Conservatories, and at 7th Lisbon International Clarinet Meeting, and Beyond the Music International Chamber Music Festival. He has presented master classes in Europe, China, Korea, Argentina, Canada and the United States, including the National Conservatory of Lisbon, Beijing Central Conservatory, China Conservatory, Shenzhen Arts School, The State College of Music and Dance of Mongolia, the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires, St Thomas University and The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. In 2007 and 2008 he was Conductor of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.

 

He has been jury for the Shanghai Spring International Music Competition and The J. Chuluun 10th International Competition of Young Musicians (Ulan Bator, Mongolia), and featured artist—sponsored by Buffet Crampon—at the “2012 Guangzhou International Orchestra Art Festival.”

 

Born in Moncofa, Spain, into a family of professional musicians, Venancio Rius began his musical studies at the age of 5 with his grandfather, maestro Eugenio Marti. He graduated from the Valencia Superior Conservatory of Music and later from the University of Southern California, where he studied with maestro Yehuda Gilad.
At present, Venancio Rius teaches at the Alfonso X El Sabio University and at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento Musical CARM – Madrid.

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AURORA CLASSIC FESTIVAL
VÄNERSBORG 4–6 NOVEMBER 2016

Dags för ännu en mycket internationell festival. Denna gång med 180 artister, musiker och dirigenter från 35 länder.
Ett späckat program med 13 konserter och Aurora Talks.
Allt från Chopins Nocturne till Brahms 1:a symfoni. Från Tjajkovskijs violinkonsert till Allhelgonakonsert med Schubert.
Stora internationella stjärnartister på plats: Leif Segerstam, dirigent, Vivian Hagner, violin, Peter Donohoe, piano tillsammans med Aurora Symphony Orchestra
Sopplunchkonserter och Aurora Talks (seminarier) som är gratis, spännande och öppna för alla.
Allt detta i Brödrosten och i Festsalen i Vänersborg

Uruppförande
Vi är glada och stolta över att vi lyckats locka den legendariske Maestro Leif Segerstam till Vänersborg. Han är en av Nordens och samtidens mest mångkunniga dirigenter och artister. Leif har inte bara dirigerat de största symfoniorkestrarna världen över och på de stora operahusen de senaste 50 åren, han har också skrivit över 300 (!) symfonier. Hans nr 305 Piccolo Symphony kommer att uruppföras lördagen den 5 november i Vänersborg.

Med Leif Segerstam och Maestro Johannes Gustavsson i spetsen för Aurora Symphony Orchestra kommer ytterligare 10 dirigenter från hela världen. Dessa fantastiska dirigenter kan man möta när de dirigerar Aurora Symphony Orchestra och större kammarensembler under festivalens konserter.

Brödrosten
Auroras höstar i Vänersborg har nu 10 år på nacken. När Aurora Symphony Orchestra får Vänersborg som bas blåser vi nytt liv i gamla Brödrosten, som genom decennierna varit spelplats för många kända orkestrar. Här har mycket av Vänersborgs och Vargöns stolta musikhistoria manifesterats.

Vi får höra några av de mest kända symfonierna av Brahms och Sibelius, storslagna solokonserter med världssolisterna Peter Donohoe i Rachmaninovs 3:e pianokonsert och Viviane Hagner i Tjajkovskijs välkända violinkonsert. Kammarmusiken manifesteras kanske bäst under två kvällar med Schubert i den fantastiska musiken för solopiano och stråkkvintett.

Aurora Talks

Soppkonserterna ser extra spännande ut i höst med lite större kammarensembler och dirigenter i dramatiska verk. Etablerade Aurora Talks leds av bland andra festivalens konferencier Emil Wegberg (Vänersborgaren som numera också är presentatör på Sveriges Radio). Flera av festivalens internationella artister berättar om musiken, konsten, men delar också med sig av märkliga och spännande anekdoter från turnélivet i världens metropoler.

Flyktingar i Vänersborg.
På Restad gård jobbar fantastiska människor för att hjälpa andra. Här finns människor som tvingats fly från krig och våld och lämna hem och familjer. På Aurora ser vi det som en självklar medmänsklighet att på något litet sätt bidra till en mental och fysisk mötesplats i musiken och festivalen för dessa hårt prövade människor.
Ett tillfälle för samtal, delade upplevelser, utbyte av erfarenheter och nätverk.
Festivalen bjuder utan kostnad in flyktingar till flera konserter, och i år planerar vi att dessutom att framföra en konsert ute på Restad Gård för att nå ännu fler.

PS
Vi har under lång tid försökt få Leif Segerstam att komma till Vänersborg men hans engagemangskalender har alltid varit fulltecknad som en spegling av hans attraktionskraft. Just den här festivalveckan i november hade vi engagerat en annan av musikens stora dirigenter, Sir Neville Marriner. När vi nu nås av beskedet om Sir Nevilles bortgång så nära inpå festivalen, visar Leif sin varma omtanke och planerar om sitt liv så att han kan ge Vänersborg en oförglömlig upplevelse.

 

Leif Segerstam

Leif Segerstam (born in 1944), conductor, composer, violinist and pianist, is one of the most versatile musical talents in the Nordic countries. He studied at the Sibelius Academy in 1952-1963 and completed diplomas in violin and conducting. After completing degree in conducting at Juilliard Music Academy in New York in 1965, Segerstam spent three years conducting the Finnish National Opera.

Leif Segerstam continued his career in Stockholm’s Royal Opera in 1968, first as a conductor and after a couple of years as the artistic director. In the beginning of the 1970’s he also worked with the German Opera in Berlin and with the Finnish National Opera. He was guest conductor in the Metropolitan, Covent Garden and La Scala as well as in Munich’s, Hamburg’s and Cologne’s Opera and at the Salzburg Festival. In the 1980’s it was time for Vienna State Opera and Copenhagen’s Royal Opera. At the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland Segerstam has conducted for years, and in Stockholm’s Royal Opera he worked as the chief conductor from 1995 to 2000. Acknowledged work among opera continues as the Malmö Opera’s chief conductor and from 2015 as the honorary conductor.

Segerstam appears regularly as guest conductor with symphony orchestras around the world. In 1975-1982 he was the chief conductor of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, in 1977-1987 the chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 1983-1989 Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatsharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, later orchestra’s lifetime “Ehren Gastdirigent”. 1988-1995 Segerstam worked as chief conductor of Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and is now orchestra’s honorary conductor. He was the 11th chief conductor of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra during 1995-2007, and continues collaboration as orchestra’s Emeritus Chief Conductor. From 2012 on Segerstam has worked as the chief conductor of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.

The numerous recordings by Leif Segerstam with different orchestras have received wide international reputation. His large-scale composing production includes over 280 symphonies, violin concertos, piano concertos and various other instrumental concertos and lot of chamber music and vocal music.

From autumn 1997 to spring 2013 Leif Segerstam was Acting Professor of Conducting at the Sibelius Academy. The Nordic Music Committee awarded Segerstam the 1999 Nordic Council Music Prize for his work as a tireless champion of Scandinavian music. In spring 2003 Segerstam received Svenska Kulturfonden’s prize for his meritorious action in the field of music. In 2004 Leif Segerstam was awarded the annual State Prize for Music in Finland and in 2005 the highly esteemed Sibelius Medal. In 2014 the President of Finland granted Segerstam the title of Professor.

Per Nyström

Per Nyström is a Swedish cellist, co-founder & artistic advisor of Aurora Chamber Music. ACM has in ten years become one of the world’s biggest platforms for classical festivals & master classes, attracting the most sought- after classical artists and professors. ACM is an active influence in the international chamber music life by its extensive production of concerts, festivals, network building, and master classes for young artists from all over the world.

Mr. Nystrom is also co-founder of The Yggdrasil String Quartet, 1990 – 2001, Sweden’s most internationally acclaimed and successful string quartet. The Yggdrasil Quartet emerged as one of the most exciting new string quartets in the 1990s and became a champion of new quartet music in Europe. After intense studying with György Kurtág and Norbert Brainin the quartet were prizewinners in the major string quartet competitions in London and Melbourne. With several award winning recordings the Yggdrasil Quartet made international career with about 100 concerts a year worldwide, playing string quartet on a full-time basis with a repertoire embracing some 250 works. Their first recording was a set of string quartets by Icelandic composer Jon Leifs, which went on to win the Cannes MIDEM Award for the best chamber music disc of 1996. They recorded the complete quartets of their countryman Franz Berwald. This release was nominated for a Gramophone Award. 1995-2000 Yggdrasil Quartet was Quartet in Residence at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where the members are Honorary Fellows for life.

Mr. Nystrom is principal cellist of Camerata Nordica, one of Europe’s foremost chamber orchestras.With Camerata Nordica Mr. Nystrom has toured all over the world and made numerous recordings and appearances as a leader and soloist.

Mr. Nystrom is also engaged as principal cellist in several Nordic chamber – and symphony orchestras, and frequently invited as a guest at international chambermusic festivals.

Mr. Nystrom is born 1968 and lives today in Stockholm. After several years of study with Guido Vecchi in Gothenburg Mr. Nystrom studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm for Ola Karlsson and Torleif Thedéen. Mr. Nystrom also studied with William Pleeth in London.

Mr. Nystrom is playing on a Giuseppe & Antonio Gagliano of Naples from 1796 on which he recently started to record all the Bach suites for solo cello. Per lifts 200 kg in the dead-lift, and was 2013 awarded by Swedish King the medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’ for his achievements as cellist.

Ola Larsson

General Manager of Aurora Chamber Music

Ola Larsson is co-founder & General Manager of Aurora Chamber Music.

Mr. Larsson runs ACM together with Artistic Director Per Nyström.

ACM has in ten years become one of the world’s biggest platforms for classical festivals and master classes, attracting the most sought- after classical artists and professors.

ACM is an active influence in the international chamber music life by its extensive production of concerts, festivals, network building, and master classes for young artists from all over the world.

Thousands of young artists from 5 continents, master-students and artists in the early stage of their careers, have performed and received master classes at Aurora since the start in 2006.

Ola Larsson grew up in a musical family and studied classical guitar at the Academy of Music in Odense / Denmark. As a musician, Ola has given concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and been teaching classical guitar but for now Ola has paused this career to make way for the work on the construction of the Aurora Chamber Music.

In 2012 Ola was Deputy Head of the classical music department at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. But even this has been paused then the Aurora requires more time.

Ola has also had another parallel career, as a sales manager in various companies in the private sector. He has also been active as a project manager in other musical and cultural projects and organizations.

Ola lives in Stockholm with his wife Wendy Mercier and son Edvin

AURORA MUSIC AWARD

Stina Ekblad

Stina Ekblad är född i Finland, utbildades vid Odense Teaters Elevskole i Danmark  1972-75 och kom till Stockholms Stadsteater 1980. Där medverkade hon bl.a. i
”Som ni vill ha det” (Shakespeare). Till Dramaten kom hon 1987 och gjorde
först rollen som Tintomara i ”Drottningens juvelsmycke” (Almqvist), därefter
bl.a. titelrollen i Mishimas ”Markisinnan de Sade” (regi Ingmar Bergman), och rollen som Fedra i  Racines tragedi, för vilken hon tilldelades  Svenska Dagbladets Thaliapris 2006. För tillfället är hon aktuell som Kristina i Mats Eks version av ”Utvandrarna”.

Hon medverkar även i föreställningen ”Jalta” av Lucas Svensson på Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, där hon spelar Stalin.
Hon har gjort ett stort antal roller för radio, TV och film – bland uppgifterna för filmen kan nämnas ”Fanny och Alexander” (Ingmar Bergman), ”Ormens väg på hälleberget” (Bo Widerberg), ”Amorosa” (Mai Zetterling) och ”Pensionat Oskar” (Susanne Bier).

Hon är ofta verksam med recitation av lyrik , gärna i samarbete med musiker,  och sammanställde 2009 en diktbox med klassisk svensk poesi i uppläsning av ett hundratal skådespelare.

Stina Ekblad har även innahaft en professur i textinterpretation på teaterhögskolan i Stockholm.

Joel Quarrington

For over thirty years, Joel Quarrington has served as the Principal Double Bassist of many ensembles, including the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In August 2013 he becomes the new Principal Bassist for the famous London Symphony Orchestra.

Reviewing his debut recital for the International Society of Bassists Oklahoma City convention in June of 2007, England’s Double Bassist magazine said, “his performance was mesmerizing – his trademark bel canto playing style brought an otherworldly quality to Bottesini’s Elegy in D…impeccable articulation, a rich tonal palette, absolute control and crystalline clarity.” Reviews such as this have confirmed his reputation as one of today’s leading double bassists.

Born in Toronto, Joel Quarrington began playing the bass at the age of eleven in order to complete a bluegrass/folk trio with his two older brothers, Tony and Paul. Tony Quarrington is the acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer and Paul was the beloved novelist, musician and writer who passed away in January 2010.

Joel began formal studies of the double bass when he was thirteen with Thomas Monohan, the late principal bassist of the Toronto Symphony as well as Peter Madgett who was also a member of the Toronto Symphony. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto, he was awarded the “Eaton Scholarship” as the school’s most outstanding graduate. Subsequent studies took him to Italy and Austria where he studied with two legendary bass masters, Franco Petracchi and Ludwig Streicher. Joel is a winner of the Geneva International Competition and the CBC Talent Competition, and has made solo appearances across Canada, the United States, Europe and China. In April of 2005 he had the honour of playing the world premier John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass with the Toronto Symphony and conductor Hugh Wolf.

Joel teaches in the summers at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships where his master classes have attracted players from around the world. He has been a guest teacher for the Danish Bass Society, the Polish Bass Society, Beijing’s China Conservatory, the Australian String Academy, London’s Royal Academy of Music, Double Bass Kaleidoscope at Michaelstein (Germany) and most recently at the Federal University Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

He has performed with many of the world’s leading string quartets including the Orford, Vermeer, Cleveland, Colorado, St. Lawrence, Allegri, Artis, Leipzig and Tokyo Quartets as well as the Pinchas Zukerman Chamber Players. Their Sony recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Yefim Bronfman became an instant classic. He is particularly honoured to have been a part of a 1982 recording session with the legendary Glenn Gould for the soundtrack of Timothy Findley’s The Wars. Written for solo cello and bass and based on Brahms’ Intermezzi, this turned out to be the last music composed by Gould before his untimely death.

Joel has made several solo recordings that have made him famous at least in the bass world. In April 2010, his recording, “Garden Scene”, won the 2010 Juno Award for Best Classical Recording. It was released by the Analekta label and features music of Korngold, Gliere, M.Weinberg, J.C. Bach and Bottesini. June 2013 marks the release of his latest recording “Brothers in Brahms”, which features music of Robert Fuchs, Robert Schumann and the 1st Violin Sonata in G op.78 by Johannes Brahms. He was very happy to collaborate with the outstanding young Canadian pianist, David Jalbert for this project.

Award for Outstanding Solo Performance from the International Society of Bassists and has been a featured performer at their biennial convention on three occasions.

He performs on an Italian bass made in 1630 by the Italian master, Santo Paolo Maggini and is an enthusiastic advocate of the historical practice of tuning the bass in fifths (CGDA, an octave lower than the cello) rather than the customary fourths. He believes fifths tuning leads to clearer and more accurate performance in all ranges of the bass, as well as greater tonal richness.

In his spare time, Joel is a truly terrible Erhu player (chinese two string violin) and has already released his seventh erhu cd, “Erhu’s (the) Greatest; A Golden Decade” which is a compilation disc and features the Quarrington Brothers 1999 appearence on Peter Gzwoski’s CBC radio show “Morningside” as well as highlights from such memorable recordings as “Country Erhu ’98″, “Everybody Digs the Erhu”, “The Three Erhus at the Acropolis” and “Erhus From Beyond the Galaxy”.

Joel is married to cellist Carole Sirois, and they live happily beside the Gatineau Park near Chelsea, Quebec with their prized cat Timinou.

Andreas Brantelid

Aurora Chamber Music Scholarship 2008

Born in 1987, Andreas Brantelid is already one of Scandinavia’s leading cellists and is quickly establishing an international reputation. He is currently a member of the Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society in New York performing regular concerts in that city and elsewhere in North America. During the 2010/11 season Andreas will make his debut with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (Germany and Spain), Brussels Philharmonic (Amsterdam Concertgebouw) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Andreas made his concerto debut at the age of 14 with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen playing the Elgar Cello Concerto. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia, including the recent world premiere ofRosing-Schow’s Cello Concerto with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. His concerto engagements have also included the Stockholm Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. For the past two seasons, Andreas has been a member of the BBC’s New Generation Artist scheme, playing with many of the BBC’s orchestras as well as recital and chamber performances.

In the 08/09 season he was nominated by the European Concert Hall Organization for their “Rising Star” recital series and performed in many major venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Philharmonie Cologne and Stockholm Concert Hall. Last season Andreas made his debut at Carnegie Hall New York as well as performing in recitals in London and Paris. He made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in London in 2008 with Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg with whom he collaborates regularly. He also frequently collaborates with other musicians at important festivals including Vienna, Schlewswig-Holstein, Bergen, Verbier and London

In April 2008 EMI released Andreas’ debut concerto disc, to great critical acclaim. This recording features the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Schumann Concerto and Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwandt. A disc of chamber music by Chopin including his cello sonata was released in January 2010.

Andreas was the first Scandinavian to win 1st Prize in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition (2006) and the Paulo International Cello Competition (2007). He is a scholarship holder of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust 2008 and was Danish Radio’s “Artist in Residence, 2007″. He has studied with his father Ingemar Brantelid, Mats Rondin, Torleif Thedéen and at present with Frans Helmersson at the Kronberg Academy. Andreas plays a 1665 Andreas Guarnerius “Terese” cello.