Fabien Boudot

Violoniste engagé et passionné, Fabien Boudot intègre le prestigieux Orchestre de Paris en 2000 après deux années en tant que soliste à l’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.
Il s’y produit sous la direction de grands chefs tels que Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi et Daniel Harding.
Parallèlement à son activité au sein de l’Orchestre de Paris, il travaille également avec de nombreux ensembles, Malher Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble les Dissonances, European Camerata, les Solistes du Luxembourg. Premier Prix du Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris dans la classe de Pierre Doukan et Olivier Charlier en 1994, il y continue ses études en quatuor à cordes avec Michel Michalakakos ainsi qu’à la Musik-Akademie de Bâle avec Hatto Beyerle et Walter Levin.
Premier violon du Quatuor à Cordes Brancusi avec lequel il obtient de nombreux prix (FNAPEC, Concours International de Musique Française de Guérande, Concours International de Musique de chambre d’ Illzach) et suit des master-classes auprès de célèbres quatuors ( Amadeus, Alban Berg, Ysaye, Hagen).
Sa passion pour la musique de chambre l’amène à se produire en France comme à l’étranger avec des musiciens de renom tels que Roland Pidoux, Eric Le Sage, Franck Braley, Sarah Nemtanu, André Cazalet, David Grimal, Roland Daugareil, Paul Meyer, Henri Demarquette, le Quintet Moraguès.
Fabien Boudot attache également une grande importance à la transmission auprès des jeunes en enseignant la musique de chambre et le métier d’orchestre au Festival de Verbier, à l’Orchestre Français des Jeunes et l’Atelier Ostinato, ainsi que vers le monde amateur au sein de l’Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Paris.

Barbro Lennstam

Jag startade Livsmusik 2003 och har sedan starten fokuserat på musikverksamhet och utveckling av metoder för att främja kreativitet, självförtroende och självkänsla speciellt för musiker och andra kreativa yrken.
I mer än 35 år har jag arbetat som klassisk musiker, mitt instrument är kontrabas.

Musiken har gett mig mycket på alla plan och låtit mig musicera med fantastiska musiker och att få resa över hela världen.
Jag har också medverkat på hundratalet skivor och spelat in filmmusik. Orkestrar som jag spelat i är bl.a. Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Stockholms Filharmoniska orkester,

Uppsala Kammarorkester, Kungliga Operan, Göteborgsoperan, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Helsingborgs symfoniorkester, Musica Vitae, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Landestheater Detmold, Gävle symfoniorkester, Dalasinfoniettan, Västerås Sinfonetta,
Uppsala Kammarorkester, Camerata Nordica,
Stockholms nya kammarorkester (Snyko) ,
Det Norske Kammerorkester, Svenska Barockorkestern.
Mina studier innefattar 4 år på Musikhögskolan i Stockholm med pedagogexamen, och 3 år på Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst i Wien som avslutades med diplomexamen.
På Musikhögskolan i Malmö hade jag hand om utbildningen i kontrabas under 3 år.
Jag är Diplomerad Soullife terapeut och  Diplomerad Reflexolog sedan 2003 och har gått utbildningar i Soullife terapi, Body Harmony, Tredimensionell Zonterapi, Ortobionomi, Akupressur,  Öron-akupunktur och Basmedicin

Bendik Foss

Bendik B. Foss (1978) studied with Lars Anders Tomter at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2002 he joined the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra after brief stints in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. After 8 years in OPO he left his position to pursue a freelance career.

Since 2009 Bendik is a member of the Cikada Ensemble, a flexible 10-piece formation dedicated to contemporary music. Cikada Ensemble tours and records extensively in different constellations, and have won numerous prizes and awards. Bendik is a member of Oslo Sinfonietta and Ensemble Ernst. He also performs with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Camerata.

Bendik also holds a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Oslo, and once wrote an impenetrable thesis on cultural theory which at least six people have read.

Arthur Bedouelle

Arthur Bedouelle was born in Paris and had a very important musical experience when he was twelve years old:

− I played in a youth orchestra with the Jeunesse Musicale de Suisse, and discovered the joy of playing symphonic music and sharing this experience with such a large group of people. I remember having felt like a fish in the water from the moment I sat on stage, and since then, I haven´t looked back.

The musician who probably inspired and influenced him the most in the process of becoming a musician was Alexander Zemtsov, his teacher in London.

− He is someone for whom music making is completely natural, an instinctive and sensitive player always looking for freedom and easiness. I also have my heroes of the old times, such as Christian Ferras, a violinist whose expressivity is unmatched by anyone I can think of. Artists like those should, I believe, be our beacon in a milieu that is unfortunately sometimes getting more concerned with control and an artificial ideal of perfection than by generosity and expression.

− A place where everyone is young, fresh and enthusiastic

Arthur joined the Oslo Philharmonic in 2014. He loves seeing the sparkling eyes of his colleagues in the morning while arriving at work:

− It´s a privilege that I believe few share in this world. One of the most wonderful things in the Oslo Philharmonic is that people keep their enthusiasm and their will to play, every day, for their whole career. One of my colleagues told me one morning that she was as happy to play after twenty years as she was the first day she sat in the orchestra. I think this is truly wonderful: it´s a place where everyone is young, fresh and enthusiastic.

He enjoyed a warm welcome on his first day in the orchestra:

− The first day of my trial, my section had put a box of chocolate on my chair, to welcome me. To be unconditionally trusted from the first day is something very rare, a leap of faith that takes a lot of courage and generosity. From the moment I first played here, I have felt surrounded by loving people and trusted both as musician and as a human being. A place where the social aspect and the generosity of people is so intimately linked to the quality of the music making is a hope for all of us and I don’t think anymore that one can separate the human qualities of an individual or the way he behaves with his colleagues, with what he has to give on stage.

− We sometimes forget to listen by ourselves

Richard Wagner is one of Arthur’s favorite composers, though he rarely gets to play his music with the orchestra:

− My first experience in orchestra was a performance of Tristan and Isolde with Kirill Petrenko, in Germany. That piece is associated with some of my best memories and I hope to play it again. I am also very fond of Sibelius, who is for some reason terribly underrated in my home country.

Arthur thinks curiosity is an important key to great experiences in the concert hall:

− We are all very keen on listening to things we know already, but to discover something new is in itself the greatest joy. I also think that with an omnipresent media and every concert and artist being reviewed, hyped and criticized all the time, we sometimes forget to listen by ourselves. It´s very often the case that people ignored by the media have as much, or more, to offer than our music “stars”. My advice would be as follows: don´t only go for the big names: lots of them are unnecessarily inflated and some obscure musicians you may have never heard about are absolute geniuses!

When he´s not playing, Arthur loves being with people – or books.

− I am a very social person, I love company, making friends and sharing moments with others. I am also an avid reader, and find that the experience of a truly great book has a lot to do with listening to a great piece. I also play chess way too much, a virus I contracted a few years ago. Luckily and despite a lot of studying, I am still terrible at it.

Catherine Bullock

Catherine Bullock grew up in Lancashire England and got her first musical inspiration at home:

− I wanted to play an instrument after listening to my sister play the cello.

Her biggest influences musically have been from her partner Geoff Miles and the first concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic, Terje Tønnesen.

− They made me love music at a late stage in my twenties. Before that, I had been damaged by a tough schooling.

− Never read reviews

Catherine played in several British orchestras before joining Oslo Philharmonic in 1999; she played solo viola with Philharmonia Orchestra, and with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She also plays with Camerata Nordica and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

She´s been a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic several times. She´s had many great experiences with the orchestra and refrains from choosing a favourite. However, she has a suggestion for concertgoers in search of a good concert experience:

− My only advice to audience members is never to read reviews. This kind of criticism is not good. Perfection or imperfection is the least interesting aspect of a performance.

Her favourite composers are Strauss, Mahler and Mozart. She doesn´t have much time to spare for other activities than music:

− I enjoy being a mum when I´m not playing − with four small children there isn´t time for a hobby.

Sara Övinge

Eleonora Matsuno

Violinist Eleonora Matsuno graduated from the Conservatory ‘G. Verdi’ in Milan in 2003 with her Bachelor of Violin performance under the guidance of Umberto Oliveti. In 2007 Eleonora finished her Master degree from the same institute with the highest possible honours while studying with Gabriele Baffero. Musicians and pedagogues Felice Cusano, Davide Zaltron, Rainer Schmidt and Midori Goto have been great inspirations to her.
A renowned chamber musician, Eleonora regularly colaborates with several national and international ensembles: the Swedish chamber orchestra ‘Camerata Nordica’ (first violin since 2013), ‘Norwegian Chamber Orchestra’, ‘Mahler Chamber Orchestra’, ‘ai Pomeriggi Musicali’ (Milan), ‘Le Cameriste Ambrosiane’ and ‘Alter Ego Ensemble’. Eleonora has recorded for BBC Radio Live in England and for Radio 3 in Italy as the first violin in a string quartet formation.
Eleonora plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, previously played by Paolo Borciani, thanks to a private loan.

Eva Bindere

Eva Bindere (1974) is a violinist – a chamber musician and a soloist. She was born in Riga, Latvia, in a well-known family of musicians.

As a young girl Eva took her first steps towards becoming a musician in Emils Darzins Special Music College (Emīla Dārziņa Speciālā mūzikas vidusskola) and then moved forward to do her Bachelor’s degree in Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija) with teachers Anete Zvaigzne, Uldis Sprudzs and Andris Baumanis. It was the autumn of 1997 when she was awarded a scholarship to study with Eduard Schmieder in Dallas, USA for a year.

Having finished her studies in Riga, she became a student in the City of Basel Music Academy (Musikakademie der Stadt Basel), Switzerland, where she took part in a chamber music course led by Walter Levin and Hatto Bayerle and was a student of the renowned French violinist Raphael Oleg. Eva graduated in 2003.

Eva has been a member of Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, however, in 1997, when Gidon Kremer announced an audition for a new chamber orchestra, Eva auditioned and since then was the first violin of Kremerata Baltica for 15 years until 2012. She has performed with Kremerata Baltica almost everywhere in the world, many times as a soloist and as a duo partner with Gidon Kremer. The CD ”After Mozart” with Eva being a soloist received a Grammy award. Eva has performed as a soloist with virtually all orchestras in Latvia, she records for Latvian Radio on a regular basis and founded a string quartet named „Euphonia” together with her colleagues from Kremerata in 2004. They received the highest award in Latvia in the field of classical music – The Great Music Award (Lielā Mūzikas balva) (2006).
Eva has always had a special love for chamber music, she has had great opportunities to play together with such artists as violinists Pierre Amoyal, Renaud Capucon, Lukas Hagen, Boris Garlitsky, violists Maxim Rysanov, Antoine Tamestit, Wolfram Christ, Veronika Hagen, Gerard Causse, Vladimir Mendelssohn, cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Clemens Hagen, Gautier Capucon, Mario Brunello and Boris Pergamenschikov, pianists Katia Skanavi, Martin Statfeld, Martin Helmchen, Katrine Gislinge, Leif Uve Andsnes and Alexander Melnikov.
In 2008 Eva joined the string faculty in Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. She has since become one of the associated professors and is also a beloved lecturer. She is giving regular masterclasses in Latvia and abroad as well (Schloss Pommersfelden, Germany, where she belongs to the board of teachers for a fourth time, Jarvi String Academy in Estonia). Eva has been a jury member of Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition 2016 in Fermo, Italy.
Eva has been invited to perform as a guest-leader of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Roman Kofman personally invited her to lead Kremerata Baltica and Kiev Chamber Orchestra on a project they made together. She has been the leader of similar projects involving Kremerata and other chamber orchestras like Moscow Soloists, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Basler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Suedwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and she also led Sinfonietta Basel on their Japan collaboration tour with Theater Basel performing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2013. Eva is regularly playing with The Russian Virtuosi of Europe led by the professor of the Royal Academy of London – violinist Yuri Zhislin. Recently Eva has been asked to lead the orchestra for the world famous conducting course led by Maestro Paavo Jarvi in Tallinn, Estonia.
In the 2013/2014 season Eva performed the Latvian premieres of Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto and Kurt Weill’s Violin Concerto as a soloist in her native city Riga, Latvia. She also gave the first performance in Latvia of Sir John Tavener’s The Ikon of Eros for solo violin and soprano with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming performances this year include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Kremerata Baltica during the festival Gidon Kremer has founded in Latvia, Dzintari, recital and a Beethoven Violin Concerto in Stadthalle Erlangen, Germany. Eva is invited for the 4th time to take part in Paavo Jarvi’s Estonian Festival Orchestra in Pärnu, Estonia, to perform chamber music and teach as well. Concerts played with Evas Latvian collegues residing in London in Great Britain and Ireland representing Latvia to European Parliament have grown into an established piano trio with the LPO cello concert master Latvian cellist Kristina Blaumane and pianist Reinis Zarins. Upcoming performances recently included the newly-established trio’s presentation at the world famous composers’ Peteris Vasks chamber music festival in Riga and a concert in Cesis, Latvia, where trio presented themselves under a new name- Trio Palladio. In the spring of 2016 Latvian National Symphony orchestra provided 3 presentation concerts in all three capitals of Baltic states for the first time – Eva played L. van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto under the baton of the orchestra’s chief conductor Andris Poga. In March 2017 Eva was honoured to receive the Great Music Award of Latvia.

Fredrik Ekdahl, Bassoon

Fredrik Ekdahl

Fredrik Ekdahl holds the position as principal bassoon of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest principal with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and has held master classes at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Antwerpen College of Music and at the Beijing Conservatory, among others. As a soloist, Fredrik has performed with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding, Eivind Aadland and Baldur Brönniman, among others.

Being a devoted chamber music player, Fredrik performs regularly at festivals around the world with musicians such as Janine Jansen and Martin Fröst.

Stockholm Chamber Brass

Stockholm Chamber Brass was founded in 1988 by five young Swedes, originally only to rehearse brass chamber music together.  However, with funding from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, SCBrass decided to travel to Narbonne, France, for their first public engagement at the International Competition for Brass Quintets.  The group went on to win 1st Prize and so began its nearly 30 year career as one of the leading Brass Ensembles in the world.
Very early on in the development of the quintet, SCBrass made the active commitment to seek out commissions from new and established composers alike, in order to enlarge the amount of original repertoire for brass quintet.  The first commission was made in 1990 and since then over 40 compositions have been written or the group, with more currently in development!  Through the constant programming and recording of these works, many of the SCBrass commissions have gone on to become the most frequently performed original works for brass quintet around the world.  Notable composers to write for the group include Anders Hillborg, Sven David Sandström, Karin Rehnquist, Christian Lindberg, Eino Tamberg and Piers Hellawell.

To date, the ensemble has recorded 6 critically acclaimed CDs including the classics of the quintet genre, a CD of commissions and their most recent album THEN, a collection of songs and dances from the renaissance era in arrangements by SCBrass members and friends. The American Record Guide wrote of the album Clockworks, “I cannot imagine that a better brass quintet has ever existed.”
SCBrass regularly perform around the world, playing in major festivals such as the Bad Kissingen Sommer, Schleswig-Holstein, Niedesächsische Musiktage, International de Musique Sion Valais, Prague Spring, Budapest International, Internacional de Santander, Soundstream (Toronto), Vinterfest and Belfast Festivals. Unusually, the group have yet to visit the United States of America, although this will be rectified with a concert tour in late 2016.
Alongside creating a legacy of repertoire for Brass Quintet, the group are passionate educators and regularly give masterclasses to the next generation of brass musicians. They have been the guest ensemble at brass festivals such as Lieksa Brass Week, the International Trombone Festival, the Melbourne International Festival of Brass, Epsival Limoge and the Blekinge International Brass Academy. In 2015 SCBrass were delighted to be invited to become the Brass Quintet in Residence at the prestigious Sibelius Academy Helsinki, Finland, for a 3 year series of concerts and programmes with the students there.
On the concert stage, the quintet have often expanded the group to be able perform repertoire outside the standard quintet setting. Regular guests who have collaborated with the group include Christian Lindberg, Håkan Hardenberger, Reinhold Friedrich, Jeroen Berwaerts and Roland Pontinen. Away from SCBrass, the members are regular soloists in their own right and have been prize winners at international solo competitions including the ARD- Wettbewerb, ICEM Geneve, Toulon, Markneukrichen and Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments.