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.
The Swedish soprano made her opera debut even before graduating from the Stockholm opera academy, and appears internationally in houses such as Opéra de Paris, Staatsoper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Kraftwerk Berlin, Halle – Timante in Floridante at the Händel festival - and Salzburg. Her repertoire spans from Cavalli via the great classics to today: she has appeared in the world premieres of Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysis in Salzburg, and the title role in Sven-David Sandström’s Batsheba in the Royal Swedish Opera. Five years ago, she was made a Court singer, and in 2016 the Swedish King awarded her the medal Litteris et Artibus.
Boris Brovtsyn is based in London, teaches at Guildhall School of Music, and travels the world as a soloist and chamber musician. Among his collaborators are many artists who have participated in our festival, among them Janine Jansen, Gideon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov and Martin Fröst. He has won several awards for his recordings, and his interpretation of the Brahms clarinet with Fröst was nominated for the Gramophone award. His repertoire includes more than 50 violin concertos, and hundreds of chamber music works.