Thursday, 02 May 2019 01:10

Michael Kaulartz

Michael Kaulartz, born 1989 in Landau / Palatinate, got his first bassoon lesson with the age of 8 from the local bassoon teacher Bernhard Koelber. After three weeks he played in his first chamber orchestra. He quickly got extremely fascinated by this instrument and by doing music that he played at that period of life in 12 different youth and chamber orchestras aside the chamber music he also performed. Later he started his professional studies with Prof Ole Kristian Dahl in Mannheim.

During his studies Michael complemented his interest in Orchestra playing in the operas in Kaiserslautern and Mainz, the radio orchestra of the bavarian radio and the Symphony Orchestras of Aalborg, Aarhus, Kristiansand and the chamber orchestra of Mannheim. After meeting and studying one Erasmus Semester in Copenhagen with the exceptional bassoon player Audun Halvorsen, Michael played a 50% one-year contract on 2nd bassoon in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He got extremely inspired by the two Principal bassoon players of this orchestra, Audun Halvorsen and Sebastian Stevensson.

With this experience the young bassoonist started his first position as a Pincipal bassoon player in Iceland's National Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Besides this job he is demanded as a guest principal bassoon in many major orchestras within Europe like the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic London, Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra Belfast, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, State Opera Karlsruhe, Symphony Orchestra of the NDR Hamburg, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Danish Radio).

In 2018 he decided to quit his position in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra to focus more on his freelance opportunities, which led besides a more concentrated focus on baroque bassoon and his Trio (piano, bassoon, clarinet) to a one-year contract as principal bassoon in the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and on the same position to the National Opera Mannheim in Season 2019/20.

Besides soloistic perfomances with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Mannheim, Michael can be heard as a soloist on the Hänssler recording with Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante and the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, which was also performed in concerts. After finishing his Diploma with 1,0 (highest possible grade) Michael completed a solistic study with Professoer Ole Kristian Dahl in July 2018. He recieved grants by the PE-Förderkreis and Live Music Now and was awarded with 1st prizes in international as in national music competitions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:03

David Cutright

David Allen Cutright, composition (New York) David is a composer, pianist, and academic whose music has been described as “a bouquet...assembled in unexpected ways” (The Strad, Bruce Hodges) and has been performed in the United States and Europe by ensembles such as the Yale Brass Trio, the Bergmál Festival Players, and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. As a pianist, he frequently performs his own works and the established literature. David has served on faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY), the Hartt School, and Central Connecticut State University, among many others. He instructs undergraduate courses from Music History, Theory, Piano, and Composition to English and Psychology, and is former co-director of the Hartt Composer’s Ensemble. In addition, David has served as guest speaker for seminars at leading institutions, such as New England Conservatory, and teaches new music seminars in festivals, such as the Icelandic Chamber Music Festival, and the New Music for Strings Festivals in Denmark, Iceland, and the United States. Among several artist residencies granted him were two consecutive awards by I-Park Foundation. Former and current mentors include: (composers) Sheila Silver, Perry Goldstein, Daria Semegen, Stephen Gryc, Robert Carl, Larry Alan Smith, and Philippe Bodin; (pianists) Anthony Padillia, David Abbott, and Rebecca Kugler. David is a PhD candidate at SUNY Stony Brook where he had been teaching  undergraduate courses. A.D. Composition, Hartt School; M.M. Composition, Hartt School; B.A. Music, Lawrence University. Please visit www.davidcutright.com for more information.  
 
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Friday, 25 January 2019 09:18

Svana Víkingsdóttir

Svana Víkingsdóttir hóf tónlistarnám hjá Gunnari Sigurgeirssyni þar sem hún lærði fyrstu árin. Þaðan fór hún í Tónlistarskólann í Reykjavík og stundaði píanónám hjá Hermínu S. Kristjánsson, Jóni Nordal og Árna Kristjánssyni. Hún lauk kennaraprófi frá skólanum vorið 1976 og einleikaraprófi ári síðar. Svana hélt til Vestur-Berlínar 1978 og stundaði framhaldsnám við Hochschule der Künste þar sem kennarar hennar voru Klaus Schilde og Geörgy Sava. Hún lauk diplómaprófi frá skólanum vorið 1983. Að námi loknu starfaði hún í nokkur ár sem píanókennari við Nýja Tónlistarskólann, en undanfarna áratugi hefur hún starfað sem píanókennari við Tónlistarskólann í Reykjavík og Tónlistarskóla FÍH. Svana er einn af stofnendum Kvennakórs Reykjavíkur og var píanóleikari kórsins fyrstu árin. Hún hefur tekið þátt í ýmsum píanónámskeiðum svo sem í Siena á Ítalíu, Aspen í Colorado, Ernen í Sviss og komið fram á tónleikum með öðrum hljóðfæraleikurum m.a. í Finnlandi, Ítalíu og Færeyjum.

Monday, 21 January 2019 23:44

Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir

Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir er leiðari víóludeildar Sinfóníuhljómsveitar Íslands og víólukennari við Tónlistarskólann í Reykjavík og Listaháskóla Íslands. Hún stundaði víólunám við Konunglega tónlistarháskólann í Brussel hjá Ervin Schiffer. Þórunn spilar mikið af kammertónlist og hefur einnig komið fram sem einleikari með Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands, Kammersveit Reykjavíkur, Prima la Musica í Belgíu og Sumida Triphony Hall Orchestra í Tokyo. Plötuútgáfan Smekkleysa hefur gefið út upptökur með leik Þórunnar af verkum Hafliða Hallgrímssonar Ombra, konsert fyrir víólu og strengjasveit og Dagbókarbrot fyrir víólu og píanó. Einnig hefur hún leikið inn á fjölda geisladiska með kammerverkum, oftast undir merkjum Kammersveitar Reykjavíkur.

Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir is the principal violist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She studied the viola at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels with mr. Ervin Schiffer. In Belgium she was the principal viola of Prima la Musica and for a period a member of the soloist ensemble I Fiamminghi. Þórunn has performed as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, Prima la Musica and Sumida Triphony hall Orchestra in Tokyo. Þórunn teaches viola and chamber music at the Reykjavík College of Music and Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Alongside her job at the Symphony Þórunn has always played a lot of chamber music, has been a part of many chamber music recordings and is a regular guest at chamber music festivals in Iceland. Her recordings of music by Hafliði Hallgrímsson; “Ombra” viola concerto with the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra and “Notes from a Diary” for viola and piano have been published by the “Bad taste” record company. She is a founding member of Siggi Stringquartet which has been active since 2012 and has premiered a lot of new Icelandic pieces as well as premiering in Iceland new music from all over the world.

 

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Monday, 21 January 2019 23:41

Þórir Jóhannsson

Þórir Jóhannsson lauk burtfararprófi frá Tónlistarskólanum í Reykjavík og síðar Postgraduate Diploma frá the Royal Northern College of Music í Manchester. Hann spilaði með Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands í tvö ár en fluttist síðan til Danmerkur þar sem hann bjó í rúm fjögur ár. Þar vann hann við kennslu og var lausráðinn við nokkrar helstu hljómsveitir við beggja vegna Eyrasundsins. Þórir flutti aftur til Íslands haustið 2000 og er nú fastráðinn við Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands. Hann er kennari í Tónlistar-skóla Kópavogs og er virkur í kammertónlistarlífi Reykjavíkur. Hann hefur frumflutt tvö einleiksverk sem voru samin sérstaklega fyrir hann, “Gradus ad Profundum” eftir Karólínu Eiríksdóttur og “Bagatelle” eftir Óliver Kentish.

Double bassist, Þórir Jóhannsson received his Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England in 1992. He free-lanced as a musician in Denmark before returning to Iceland in the year 2000 when he joined the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Þórir also teaches the double bass at the Kópavogur Music School and is an active performer, playing both as a soloist and chamber musician where he among others a regularly appeared in concerts of the esteemed "Kammermúsikklúbburinn" www.kammer.is . Þórir has given world premieres to various music for the double bass alone, bass and piano and a concerto for double bass and chamber orchestra. The latest world premiere is Þórður Magnússon´s "Rhapsodie per Contrabasso et Piano" which was been released on the CD "La Poesie" in 2012.

 
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Monday, 21 January 2019 23:37

Sigurgeir Agnarsson

Sigurgeir Agnarsson sellóleikari útskrifaðist árið 1995 með einleikarapróf frá Tónlistarskólanum í Reykjavík undir handleiðslu Gunnars Kvaran. Frekara framhaldsnám stundaði hann í New England Conservatory of Music í Bandaríkjunum hjá Laurence Lesser og David Wells og Robert Schumann tónlistarháskólanum í Þýskalandi hjá Prof. Johannes Goritzki.​ Sigurgeir hefur leikið með ýmsum kammerhópum og hljómsveitum, tekið þátt í tónlistarhátíðum hér heima og erlendis, haldið einleikstónleika og komið fram sem einleikari, m.a. með Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands, Kammersveit Reykjavíkur, Blásarasveit Reykjavíkur og Bochumer Symphoniker. Hann var valinn fulltrúi Íslands til að koma fram á tónleikaröðinni „Podium of Young European Musicians” í Goethe stofnunni í Brusse. Sigurgeir hefur komið fram á ýmsum tónlistarhátíðum og leikið inn á fjölmargar upptökur, m.a. fyrir RÚV og Naxos. Frá árinu 2003 hefur Sigurgeir leikið með Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands og verið leiðari sellódeildarinnar frá árinu 2017. Sigurgeir er jafnframt deildarstjóri strengjadeildar Tónlistarskólans í Reykjavík og stundakennari við Listaháskóla Íslands. Sigurgeir hefur verið listrænn stjórnandi Reykholtshátíðar frá árinu 2013.

Sigurgeir Agnarsson is principal cellist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Agnarsson graduated from the Reykjavik College of Music in 1995 and continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with David Wells and Laurence Lesser and at the Hochschule für Musik in Düsseldorf with Prof. Johannes Goritzki. Mr. Agnarsson is head of the string department at the Reykjavik College of Music.  He has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bochumer Symphoniker and the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra and also appears regularly as a chamber musician and recitalist in Iceland and abroad. He has recorded for the Icelandic Broadcasting Service and the Naxos label. Sigurgeir is one of the founders of the Harpa International Music Academy.

 
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Monday, 21 January 2019 23:34

Sigurbjörn Bernharðsson

Sigurbjörn Bernharðsson hóf fiðlunám fimm ára gamall hjá Gígju Jóhannsdóttur í Tónmenntaskóla Reykjavíkur og lauk einleikaraprófi frá Tónlistarskólanum í Reykjavík 1991. Aðalkennari hans þar var Guðný Guðmundsdóttir. Sigurbjörn lauk BM prófi 1995 frá Oberlin Conservatory og MM frá Northen Illinois háskólanum í Chicago. Aðalkennarar hans voru Vamos hjónin, Shmuel Ashkenasi og Matias Tacke. Sigurbjörn hefur einnig notið leiðsagnar og unnið með meðlimum Vermeer, Tokyo og Emerson kvartettanna auk Beaux Arts tríósins. Sigurbjörn hlaut ýmsar viðurkenningar á námsárum sínum. Sigurbjörn var meðlimur í Pacifica strengjakvartettnum um árabil og lék með þeim um 90 tónleika árlega um allan heim. Hann hefur komið fram í mörgum helstu tónleikasölum heims svo sem Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Suntory Hall í Tókýó og Köln Philharmonie. Sigurbjörn hefur komið fram sem einleikari á fjölda hátíða um allan heim. Með Pacifica kvartettnum hlaut hann Grammy verðlaunin árið 2009, Avery Fisher Career grant og Musical America Ensemble of the year verðlaunin. Sigurbjörn er prófessor í fiðluleik og kammertónlist við Oberlin Conservatory of Music í Bandaríkjunum. 

 
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Monday, 21 January 2019 23:33

Rita Porfiris

American violist RITA PORFIRIS has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and as a soloist. Currently the Associate Professor of Viola and Director of Chamber Music at The Hartt School, she has also been on the faculties of New York University, the University of Houston Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University, and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. She has given master classes, lectures and clinics across the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, Taiwan, and the Dominican Republic. Ms. Porfiris is a member of the Miller-Porfiris Duo and the Hartt Quartet. As a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet, she was in-residence at the Ojai Festival, Mainly Mozart, Point Counterpoint, and the Internationale Quartettakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest. She was the recipient of Austria’s prestigious Prix Mercure, a prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Primrose International Viola Competition, and a laureate of the Paolo Borciani International Quartet Competition. In her 20 year-long career as an orchestral musician, 15 years of which were spent with the Houston Symphony, she worked under some of the most recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries, including Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach. Equally at home in a wide variety of genres, Rita has shared the stage with Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Lyle Lovett, Rod Stewart, and Tony Bennett, to name a few. Highlights of recent seasons include chamber concerts with Lynn Harrell, Joseph Kalichstein, and Jamie Laredo; tours to Israel, Europe, and Taiwan; sold-out concerto appearances at the historic Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany; Baltimore, Maryland and Lincoln, Nebraska; and a performance of the rarely played Romantic Rhapsody for Violin, Viola and Orchestra by Arthur Benjamin as part of the Miller-Porfiris Duo. In May 2016, the Baltimore Sun declared “Rita Porfiris proved an ideal soloist, as much for her richness of tone and impeccable articulation as for the warmth and subtlety of her phrasing.”  Rita’s transcriptions for the viola of both classical music staples and pop favorites have been enjoyed worldwide by audiences and performers. Gramophone Magazine called her transcription of Gliere’s Eight Pieces Op. 39, recorded on the Miller-Porfiris Duo’s second CD “Eight Pieces,” “satisfying” and “sung with beautiful warmth.” Recent acclaim from Fanfare for the Duo’s third CD, entitled “Divertimenti” declares their playing “a lightning bolt” and speaks to the “color, fire, and passion.” Ms. Porfiris received both her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. Other teachers and mentors included Paul Doktor, Norbert Brainin, and Harvey Shapiro. 

 
 
 
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Monday, 21 January 2019 23:33

Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir

Nína Margrét lauk einleikaraprófi frá Tónlistarskólanum í Reykjavík 1985. Hún hefur enn fremur lokið doktorsprófi í píanóleik frá City University of New York og fjallaði doktorsritgerð hennar um píanóverk Páls Ísólfssonar. Nína Margrét hefur komið fram á Íslandi, Evrópu, Bandaríkjunum, Kanada, Japan og Kína sem einleikari, með hljómsveitum og í kammertónlist. Hún hefur hljóðritað fjóra geisladiska fyrir Naxos, BIS og Skref. Nína Margrét er aðjúnkt við tónlistardeild Listaháskóla Íslands og kennir einnig við píanódeild Tónlistarskólans í Reykjavík. Hún flytur reglulega fyrirlestra um tónlist og tónlistarrannsóknir innanlands og erlendis, þar má nefna Þjóðmenningarhúsið, University of Calgary, Tónlistarhátíð unga fólksins og ANMA Annual Conference 2009. Hún er enn fremur listrænn stjórnandi tónleikaraðarinnar „Klassík í hádeginu” í Gerðubergi og hefur á þessu starfsári flutt tónlist eftir Bach, Prokofief, Grieg, Mozart og Beethoven í samstarfi við ýmsa listamenn þjóðarinnar. Enn fremur kom hún fram á opnunartónleikum Myrkra Músíkdaga 2011 í beinni útsendingu RÚV, við opnun sýningar Tónlistarsafns Íslands á ævistarfi Sveinbjörns Sveinbjörnssonar og á hátíðartónleikum Tónlistarskólans í Reykjavík í Þjóðmenningarhúsinu af tilefni 80 ára afmælis TR. Á starfsárinu 2011-2012 hefur henni verið boðið í tónleikaferðir til Ítalíu og Þýskalands, enn fremur var henni boðið í aðra tónleikaferð sína um Kína í maí sl. þar sem hún kom fram m.a. í Shanghai. Hún mun einnig koma fram á Háskólatónleikum þann 19. október nk. og flytja píanóverk Grieg. Þann 29. Janúar 2012 kemur hún fram á Tíbrártónleikum með rússneska ljóðadagskrá og 5. maí 2012 mun hún koma fram á hátíðartónleikum í Hörpunni af tilefni 60 ára afmælis Tónmenntaskólans í Reykjavík og flytja píanókvintett Schumanns.

Pianist Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir is one of Iceland’s most established classical performers and recording artists. As well as playing with the Royal Chamber Orchestra in Tokyo, the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, the Reykjavík Symphony Orchestra and the Reykjavík Youth Orchestra, Nína has also performed chamber music with the KaSa group, the Iceland Trio, the Reykjavík Wind Quintet and violinist Nicholas Milton. As a performer Nína has traveled widely, from Japan, England, France and Scandinavia to extensive tours throughout the United States and Canada. She has actively promoted Icelandic music throughout her career, premiering and performing (amongst others) Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson (New York, 1999); John Speight (New York, 1997); Fjölnir Stefánsson (New Hampshire, 1997); Jónas Tómasson (Toronto, 1996, San Diego, 1991); and Atli Heimir Sveinsson (New York & Washington D.C., 2002; New York, 1994). Nína Margrét also gives master classes and lecture-recitals on a regular basis – she gave over 200 school concerts around between 2000-2006 in Iceland alone, as well working in Japan and the United States. Her musical curiosity stretches beyond classical music, as exemplified by television appearances alongside pop-artist Mugison, honorary concerts with Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir and gigs with teenage rock bands such as Búdrygindi. As well as releasing solo and chamber music performances of Páll Ísólfsson, Mendelssohn and Mozart Nína has recently released her world premiere recording of selected solo and chamber works by Iceland´s first composer: “Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson (1847-1927)”. The CD was awarded four stars in an excellent review published Dec. 19. 2007 in Morgunbladid and also chosen one of the 10 best classical CDs issued in Iceland in 2007.

 

 
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Monday, 21 January 2019 23:30

Henrik Brendstrup

Henrik Brendstrup joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1987, shortly after having done his first tour. Since then, Henrik has been working extensively with the Orchestra. Born in Denmark, Henrik studied at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen with Erling Bløndal Bengtsson, and later in London with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, and is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals such as Risør, Stavanger, Oslo and Lockenhaus. His numerous recordings include the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven, solo works for cello by Sofia Gubaidulina, and cello works by Chopin and Liszt which won the French award “Diapason d’Or”. Henrik is a very active chamber musician and has been the cellist of several leading ensembles in Denmark, such as The Danish String Quartet, the sextet “Copenhagen Classic”, and the Gefion Trio. He is Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Denmark.

 
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