These two friends promise to appeal to all generations: children, parents, and grandparents can all be assured of a delightful exploration of the world of opera. Both are experienced and versatile artists. Wibeke’s repertoire spans from the Renaissance to our own times, from Dido in Purcell’s intense opera Dido and Aeneas – and who could listen to Dido’s lament, “When I am Laid on Earth” without being deeply affected – to poems of the Swedish poet Karin Boye, set to music by Karsten Sundlisæter. Inger has sung a wide range of opera roles, winning a prize at the Elbland festival in 2012.
Daniela Braun, violin; Per Arne Glorvigen, bandoneon; and Arnulf Ballhorn, double bass, were an instant hit when they met in 2012. Their first CD, “El Arte de la Fuga y la Tango”, blends each player’s individual development over the past years to create a sparkling, passionate friction and more than 200 years of connective harmony.
«Superb storytelling by four great communicators» wrote The Strad Magazine. Formed in 2010 by four good friends who were then postgraduates, the quartet performs regularly in the UK and abroad. Currently, they are working on a new commission for a clarinet quintet with the composer and clarinetist Mark Simpson. They also collaborate with other art forms, from ballet to films. In addition to participating in festivals at home and abroad, they have founded their own festival, in Loch Shiel in the west highlands. Their fine instruments have been loaned from the Harrison Frank Foundation.
Founded in 2006, these singers “of superb musicianship and vocal allure” are known for giving a vibrant, modern voice to repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to cutting edge compositions. Helping to move early music into the classical mainstream, they also commission new works and are known for innovative programming. Several of their recordings have won Grammy nominations, and according to the critics, with their fourth album they could “claim a spot as one of the finest small vocal groups performing today”.
This group finds that using historical brass instruments for the classical repertoire lends both authenticity and transparency to its sound, and in addition gives unique musical insight. Its ambition is to both enhance tradition and to innovate, not least through commissions, a choice that has resulted in several recordings. Touring mainly in Scandinavia, these artists break new ground by leaving the traditional niche of chamber music for winds by combining fresh interpretations with closeness to the audience.
Members of Oslo Kammerakademi:
David Friedemann Strunck – Oboe and artistic leader
This Norwegian specialist on the Argentinian instrument bandoneon came from the high mountains where the trolls reside – according to Edvard Grieg – and has made a worldwide career. Having studied the accordion at the Norwegian Academy, he moved to Paris to study orchestration and composition. And met his fate in the Argentinian bandoneon master Juan José Mosalini. His repertoire ranges from tango, Baroque, kletzmer and pop to contemporary music. Deeply serious, Per Arne Glorvigen can also be irresistibly funny.