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.

Pascal Siffert

Pascal Siffert is from Fribourg, Switzerland, but has lived in Sweden since 1996. He is section leader with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s viola section and has been a member of the orchestra since 1998. He is also section leader in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, of which he has been a member since 1990. In addition, he regularly plays with ensembles such as Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and Camerata Salzburg.

Pascal Siffert studied under Sándor Végh at Mozarteum University Salzburg, and Keiko Wataya and Charles-André Linale at the Utrechts Conservatorium. He has also participated in master classes with Thomas Riebl at Prussia Cove in England.

Pascal Siffert is passionate about chamber music and often appears in Konserthuset’s various chamber music subscriptions. He also performs solos in viola concertos by Per Nørgård, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Béla Bartók, for example. In 2015 he performed the solo in Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote for cello, viola and orchestra with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and his colleague, cellist Johannes Rostamo.

Cecilia Zilliacus

Cecilia Zilliacus is one of Sweden’s most accomplished violinists, working across the Nordic countries and Europe. Her versatile repertoire of solo and chamber music works has led her to cooperate with a vast number of composers and orchestras. Her interest in newly written pieces and contemporary music has generated several compositions written specifically for her. During the last few years, Cecilia Zilliacus has premiered violin concertos by Anders Nilsson, Fredrik Hedelin and Mika Pelo together with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO and others.

Zilliacus career took off in 1997, when she won both the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s prestigious competition, the Soloist Prize, and the Nordic Soloist Biennial in Trondheim, Norway. She was also named Artist in Residence at Swedish national radio for the year 1997/1998. In the 2001/2002 season, she was Sweden’s representative in the international Rising Star project, a cooperative venture between some of the world’s leading concert houses.

Zilliacus has recorded a number of albums, several of which have won Swedish Grammies. Cecilia´s recording of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as his solo works and sonatas (2015), has won great appraisal internationally. Also her cd with music by JS Bach, Svante Henryson and Sven-David Sandström (BIS Records 2016) was very warmly welcomed by international media and audience.

From the summer of 2015 Cecilia Zilliacus is the artistic director of Katrina Chamber Music Festival on Åland. She will have the same position at The Korsholm Music Festival in Vaasa, Finland, from 2018.

As a soloist, Cecilia Zilliacus has performed with most Swedish symphony orchestras as well as many Nordic and European orchestras, such as BBC Wales, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the conductors she has worked with are Kristiina Poska, Andrey Boreyko, Baldur Brönniman, Olari Elts, Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, Daniel Harding, Okko Kamu, Eri Klas, Susanna Mälkki, Joseph Swensen, Arvo Volmer, Christian Lindberg and Benjamin Shwartz.

Cecilia Zilliacus regularly performs with musicians and composers active on the international scene,
such as Bengt Forsberg, Martin Fröst, Håvard Gimse, Philippe Graffin, Christian Ihle Hadland, Svante Henryson, Martti Rousi, Paavali Jumppanen, Christian Poltèra, Roland Pöntinen, Sven-David Sandström, Oliver Triendl and Torleif Thedéen.

She is also a driving force in the prize-winning Swedish string trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen. Through the trio, Zilliacus plays an important part in bringing Nordic and European composers and musicians to Sweden as guests in the trio’s chamber music series at the Stockholm Concert House.

Cecilia Zilliacus was born in 1972 and lives in Stockholm with her husband and two children. She is an associate professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Zilliacus’ violin is a N. Gagliano provided by the Järnåker Foundation.