Through the fjords and forests of Scandinavia, full of mythology, legend and song, we embark this year on a musical journey deeply connected to the purest sounds of nature, folk music and the majestic landscapes of the north with its endless horizons. Our festival artists in 2019 are almost exclusively Scandinavian and bring with them all the cultural authenticity of interpretation that this special programme demands. You are warmly invited to experience the unique OCMF atmosphere and hear this world class gathering between 8-12 October in atmospheric and unusual venues all around Oxford.

Scandinavia embodies ideals and surprising paradoxes, where the fire and ice at the heart of its music live alongside a sense of Hygge and community – this is what a true festival spirit represents!

Programme

Sunday 6th October


FESTIVAL FRINGE: ‘4’ FILM SCREENING 8pm
The Phoenix Picturehouse
‘4’ by Daniel Kutschinski

Book via Phoenix Picturehouse Box Office

A tale of creation and destruction, struggle and friendship, as told by the Quatuor Ebène, one of the world’s most exciting string quartets.

One of the finest, most sensitive films ever conceived about music.– Luís Gago, El País

Watching 4 we encounter a tenderness that can only characterise a sensitive love story. – Yvonne Petitpierre, Deutschlandfunk

Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival 2015 – Best Documentary Award
£11.60 adult; £10.60 student/retired; £7.10 child
N.B. This event is not included in the Festival Pass

Tuesday 8th October


CONCERT 7.45pm
SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist
Scandi Noir: Tord Gustavsen Trio

This exciting opening concert of Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2019 ‘Scandinavia: From Hygge to Fire and Ice’ features a musical trio from Norway whose accolades include The Guardian’s Jazz Pick of the Month and New York Times’ ‘most memorable melodies’. Tord Gustavsen is on a constant search for a fresh and radically stripped-down honest beauty in music, working to explore, integrate and serve a holy trinity of emotional intensity, elegance, and meditative musical breathing. Repertoire to include compositions by Tord Gustavsen in musical dialogue with Norwegian folk tunes and chorales.
£25 full price | Free for 8-25 year olds

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Wednesday 9th October


CONCERT 2pm
Sheldonian Theatre
Children’s Concert

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We will be holding our annual Schools’ Concert, held at the Sheldonian Theatre, on the 9th October.  It is entirely free for pupils to attend.

This event, created in participation with d’Overbroeck’s specifically for school children around Oxfordshire, will showcase a selection of our festival performers, offering a varied programme that will be fun, inspiring and interactive.

The programme will consist of a mixture of informative examples from Scandinavian folk music and some Norse readings, which will involve the children participating in folk singing, led by one of our own leading Scandavian musicians. The programme will also showcase music from the festival programme, which will include movements from Grieg’s Holberg Suite.

TALK 6.45pm
Sheldonian Theatre
Summer Nights and Winter Storms

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The distinguished Scandinavian music expert Professor Daniel Grimley presents a pre-concert talk introducing Sibelius’s life and work (40 min)
£5 or free with 7.45pm concert ticket


CONCERT 7.45pm
Sheldonian Theatre
Scandinavian Smörgåsbord

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SCANDINAVIAN SMÖRGÅSBORD programme notes

A gala concert to celebrate the rich flavours of our week of Scandinavian music: world-famous pieces by Grieg, beautiful and intense new music from our composers-in-residence, and Sibelius’s astonishing violin Humoresques – a wonderful discovery for those who love his violin concerto Sibelius Andante Festivo arr. for 2 string quartets | Grieg Holberg Suite
Fagerlund Cadenza for clarinet solo | Atterberg Suite no. 3 for violin, viola and string orchestra Bjarnason Air to Breath for solo cello and strings | Gade Tango Jalousie | Nielsen Intermezzo: a waltz Grieg Solveig’s Song | Sibelius Humoresques

Kraggerud | Vaernes | Marmen | Mitchell | Pensola | Sundqvist | Ticciati | Thed en |
Thomsen | Tikkanen | L. A. Tomter

£40 | £30 | £15 | Free for 8-25 year olds

Concert sponsored by Robin Swailes

RECEPTION AT THEVAULTS
with encores for Friends and Sponsors

 

Thursday 10th October

CONCERT 1pm
Holywell Music Room
Malinconia: Dark Lands

The darker depths of the Scandinavian character are turned upside down by Grieg’s explosive and exhilarating quartet, based on his song Fiddlers SibeliusValse Triste for piano solo | Sibelius Malinconia for cello and piano Ole Bull La Melancholie | Grieg Spoillemaend (Fiddlers) song | Bjarnason Selected piano pieces | Grieg String quartet no. 1 in G minor op. 27

Kärkkäinen | Kraggerud | Shirinyan | C. Tomter | Vaernes | Vertavo Quartet

£15 | Free for 8-25 year olds

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MALINCONIA programme notes

LECTURE 5.15pm
Holywell Music Room
Grieg: Music, Landscape and Norwegian Identity

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Prof Daniel Grimley lectures on Grieg’s musical contribution, focusing in particular on
his response to landscape.

£5 or free with 6pm concert ticket


CONCERT 6pm
Holywell Music Room
1886: a Scandinavian Love Story

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**Programme notes to be announced at the concert**

Henning Kraggerud takes us on a unique journey, narrating a gripping true love story through words and music,which includes extracts from the great romantic violin sonatas by Grieg, Brahms and Franck. The performance also reveals a secret in Svendsen’s One-minute musical love letter (UK premiere).
£15 | Free for 8-25 year olds

CONCERT 8pm
Holywell Music Room
Voces Intimae

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VOCES INTIMAE programme notes

One of Sibelius’s very greatest works, coupled with one of Schubert’s – with its intriguing
Swedish bloodline. Sibelius string quartet ‘Voces Intimae’ | Isak Berg folk-song setting, ‘Se solen sjunker’ on which Schubert based the second movement of his trio Schubert Piano trio no 2 in Eb major

Mitchell | Pensola | Shirinyan | Tikkanen | Thedéen | Vertavo Quartet

£22 | Free for 8-25 year olds

 

Friday 11th October


CONCERT 1pm
Christ Church Cathedral
Magical Forest and the Mountain King

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Musical alchemy as we blend baroque bounce with modern fire, by way of Berwald’s classical
wit, awe-inspiring Nielsen and Grieg’s immortal masterpiece depicting the globetrotting Norwegian peasant, Peer Gynt. Telemann Overture Les Suedois anciens / Les Danois modernes Roman Asaggi no 3 in G minor for solo violin Nielsen Chaconne op. 32 | Alfven The Forest Sleeps for violin and piano Grieg Peer Gynt suite for piano-four-hands | Berwald Septet

Hultmark | Kärkkäinen | Marmen | Mitchell | Pensola | Shirinyan | Sundqvist | Ticciati | Tikkanen | L. A. Tomter | Vaernes

£15 | Free for 8-25 year olds

 

 

 

 

 

 

TALK 6.30pm
Divinity School, Bodleian Library
Composers Podium

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2019 Composers-in-Residence Daníel Bjarnason and Henning Kraggerud discuss the creative process and how their Scandinavian roots have influenced their compositions (40 mins).
£5 or free with 7.30pm concert ticket


CONCERT 7.30pm
Convocation House, Bodleian Library
Arctic Circles

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A concert full of surprising musical and emotional connections. Here are circles of time; a moving meditation on early death; a surging, overflowing romantic epic, and a glimpse of the eternal. Handel/ Halvorsen Passacaglia | Dowland The King of Denmark’s Galliard | Nielsen Ved en Ung Kunstners Baare – At the bier of a young artist | Brustad 3 capricci | Cantus Arcticus – improvisation | Svendsen string octet in A major, op. 3

Carrasco Hjelm | Kraggerud | Mitchell | Pensola | Sundqvist | Thed en | Ticciati | Tikkanen | L. A.Tomter | Vaernes

£22 | Free for 8-25 year olds

CONCERT 10.45pm
University Church
Midnight Sun: Late Night Concert

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Join us after dark, for two luminous Finnish night-pieces, and three great Danes – Jens
Sondergaard, whose wildly colourful paintings we show with contemporary composer Karsten Fundal’s atmospheric flute score; and Hamlet’s Ophelia. Sibelius Nocturne for flute and strings | Brahms Ophelia LiederWoO22 | Shostakovich Ophelia’s song Saariaho Nocturne | Fundal Farvekraft (Colour power) for flute and bass flute, with projections of the paintings which inspired the music, by the Danish expressionist Jens Sondergaard

Carrasco Hjelm | Kraggerud | Pensola | Shirinyan | Ticciati | Tikkanen | Thed en | Thomsen | C. Tomter | Vaernes

£10 | Free for 8-25 year olds

Saturday 12 October


CONCERT 1 pm
University Church
Norse Legends and Myths

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Grieg Lyric pieces and song transcriptions for solo piano | Grieg cello sonata op.36 Bjarnason White Flags for piano trio | Sibelius En Saga arr. for strings and winds

£15 (or £20 to include cream tea at the Vaults & Garden Café at any point during the Saturday afternoon) | Free for 8-25 year olds


CONCERT 3.30pm
University Church
Equinox

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Since the 17th century, theorists, philosophers and composers have discussed the intrinsic properties of musical keys, and their links to time and space. These discussions and ideas inspired Henning Kraggerud and the world-famous author of Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder to collaborate on Equinox. This performance will be extracts from the 24 movement work comprising Afternoon, Evening, Night and Morning.
Hearing [Henning] play as a Prom encore the tenth of his 24 ‘Postludes in All Keys’ … opened a window on a magical world. – BBC Music Magazine
£15 (or £20 to include cream tea at the Vaults & Garden Café at any point during the Saturday afternoon) | Free for 8-25 year olds

CONCERT 6.30pm
The Old Library, University Church
Ancient Forces: Scandic Folklore

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The Lodestar Trio is an exciting collaboration between Max Baillie and two stars of the Scandinavian folk scene: Erik Rydvall on a Swedish Nyckelharpa and Olav Mjelva on a Norwegian hardanger fiddle. The trio explores the links between Folk and Baroque music and has featured on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and Norwegian Radio.

Lodestar Trio

£15 (or £20 to include cream tea at the Vaults & Garden Café at any point during the Saturday afternoon) | Free for 8-25 year olds

CONCERT 7.45pm
University Church
Yggdrasil
Concert in support of Greta Thunberg and XR

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Yggdrasil is the tree of life, an eternally green ash tree whose branches connect the nine worlds of Norse mythology, and stretch up into the heavens. Our closing concert is a celebration – of humanity’s deep connections to our fragile and delicate ecosystem, perfectly summed up in the legend of Yggdrasil, and inspirationally defended by a global movement growing out of Sweden, and connecting people across continents.

Schubert Octet in F major, D803 | Lodestar Trio join forces with Festival artists to include
improvisation around ancient Swedish ballads, Finnish tango, and some rocking arrangements of Danish folk tunes.

Carrasco Hjelm | Hultmark | Kraggerud | Lodestar Trio | Mitchell | Pensola | Shirinyan |
Sundqvist | Ticciati | Tikkanen | Thed en | L. A. Tomter | Vaernes

£22 | Free for 8-25 year olds

ARTISTS

Antii Tikkanen

Antii Tikkanen

Antti Tikkanen is a fiddler whose career spans solo, chamber, as well as baroque performance. Antti was born in Oulainen, Finland, and he began to study the violin at the age of seven. He later studied in the Kuhmo Violin School, the Sibelius Academy, and for a short period he also studied at the Lyon Conservatory. Nowadays Antti is teaching at the Sibelius Academy. He performs regularly with orchestras as a soloist or a leader, and appears at music festivals across Europe. This season brings new collaborations with the EUYO and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Antti is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Finnish String Quartet Meta4, which is the first prize winner of the Dimitri Shostakovich String Quartet Competition and the Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition. Along with his wife, violinist Minna Pensola, Tikkanen also performs and tours as part of the Tiksola Duo.

Bjørg Lewis

Bjørg Lewis

BJØRG LEWIS cello

Bjørg Lewis is one of Norway’s most highly esteemed cellists.  As a soloist, she played with the Oslo Philharmonic as well as many other orchestras throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Baltics.

Bjørg is a founder member of the Vertavo String Quartet, an internationally-acclaimed ensemble, which has received numerous awards including Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize. Vertavo launched their own chamber music festival, Vertavofestivalen in 2016.

A busy performance schedule takes Bjørg throughout Europe and North America. A frequent participant in many international chamber music festivals, Bjørg has also been regularly invited to join the Nash Ensemble for Wigmore Hall concerts and tours for the past seven years. She was Artistic Director of the Elverum Festival in Norway from 2001- 2015 and co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music since its inception in 2009.

In 2018, Bjørg was appointed Associate Professor of Cello at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Bjørg plays on a 1748 Gennaro Gagliano cello provided for her by the Dextra Musica Foundation, previously played by Martin Lovett of the Amadeus Quartet.

Christoffer Sundqvist

Christoffer Sundqvist

Christoffer Sundqvist, who was born in Stockholm, moved to Finland, aged six, and began his clarinet studies at the Jakobstad Conservatory with Bernhard Nylund. Alongside his outstanding performances of classical repertoire, he is an ambassador for contemporary Nordic music. Composers including Magnus Lindberg, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen and Sebastian Fagerlund have written more than twenty works for him. Christoffer has appeared as soloist with orchestras across Europe. A passionate chamber musician, he is co-founder of the brass quintet Arktinen Hysteria and a long-term member of the Plus Ensemble, based in Turku. Christoffer collaborates regularly with Pekka Kuusisto, Hugo Ticciati, Angela Hewitt, Oliver Triendl, and Niek de Groot. Since 2013 he has been Artistic Director of the Jakobstad Sinfonietta and Rusk Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad. His discography includes releases on BIS, Alba and Ondine Records, many of which have been awarded Emma prizes.

Heini Kärkkäinen

Heini Kärkkäinen

Heini Kärkkäinen studied piano at the Sibelius-Academy under Liisa Pohjola and continued her studies with Ralf Gothóni and Jacques Rouvier, among others. She won the Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Competition in 1984 and two years later she came second in the Maj Lind Piano Competition. In 1993 Kärkkäinen was nominated Young Artist of the Espoo International Piano Festival.
She has performed as soloist with orchestras e.g Finnish Radio Orchestra, Helsinki Filharmonic, Avanti Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Tampere Filharmonic, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiano, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and plays chamber music regularly in Europe and the United States with Robert Cohen, Yuval Gotlibovich, and Priya Mitchell, some to mention.
Kärkkäinen has played many world premieres including compositions by Jouni Kaipainen, Mikko Heiniö, Magnus Lindberg, Aulis Sallinen and Olli Koskelin.

Kärkkäinen has made several prize-winning recordings. The duo recording with Jan-Erik Gustafsson (Ondine) was nominated “The disc of the year” by Yle in 1994. The disc of music by Saint-Saëns (BIS Records) was British BBC Music Magazine’s disc of the month in March 2007, and Gramophone Magazine included it in its list of recommended recordings. Other recordings include Sibelius disc with Pekka Kuusisto (Ondine), Bartók Sonata for two pianos and two percussion with Paavali Jumppanen, FRO and Sakari Oramo (Warner Classics), The Bull and His Herdsman, music by Ralf Gothóni (Ondine), and chamber music by Jaakko Kuusisto (BIS Records)

Heini Kärkkäinen is the Principal Lecturer in the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. She is also the Artistic director of the new chamber music festival Tampere Chamber Music, “music and wellbeing play together”, which combines concerts, lectures, clinic workshops and masterclasses. The first festival was held on January 2017 and got wonderful feedback. The festival happens annually in the end of January.

In autumn 2018 Kärkkäinen takes part in the project North around the Baltic Sea performing music of the composer´s from these countries.

The year 2019 will include festivals like Oulu Music Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic Sibelius Festival, International Music Festival Cáceres, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Staunton Music Festival and Oxford Chamber Music Festival.

Henning Kraggerud

Henning Kraggerud

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

Recent highlights include engagements with the Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Danish National Symphony and Tonkünstler Vienna, whilst the current season holds return visits to the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.

A prolific composer, Kraggerud’s largest-scale work to date is entitled Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra. Commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with Henning as soloist, the work was composed as a musical counterpart to a story specially written by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder, and has been hailed as “a fascinating composition to return to over and over again” (MusicWeb International).

Henning is a Professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, and International Chair in Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.  He plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù, provided by Dextra Musica AS. This company is founded by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

Hugo Ticciati

Hugo Ticciati

Hugo has a rare ability to convey a profound understanding of the music and shed light on its spiritual intent
— Arvo Pärt

As violinist and director Hugo imbibes all possible forms of creativity, whether it be performing premieres in Carnegie Hall, improvising with monks in India, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt, which he founded in 2011.

Alongside his passion to discover and learn from music of all ages and traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music. Over thirty works have been written for Hugo by composers such as Erkki-Sven Tüür, Peteris Vasks and Judith Weir. He is artist in resident with the Manchester Camerata and principal guest conductor of the Orchestra da Camera di Perugia.

Hugo regularly gives masterclasses and seminars on violin teaching, and lectures on music-related subjects all over the world. A recent highlight of the past years was a two-week stay in an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas chanting by day and playing Bach by night. Hugo still lives in the blissful state of mobilephonelessness and has recently been captivated by the work of the French philosopher, Henri Bergson.

Janne Thomsen

Janne Thomsen

The Danish flautist Janne Thomsen has established a reputation worldwide as a successful and sought­after soloist. She began her musical studies in Denmark at the age of four and later became the Danish “Young Musician of the Year”. On completion of her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Paris Conservatoire, she continued to win prizes at eminent international flute competitions in Prague, Paris, Bayreuth, Rome, Vienna, Paris and Boston. Janne Thomsen was also awarded support from the Augustinus Foundation and the Foundation of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark. In 2016 she was awarded an ARAM (associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for her significant contribution to music.

Janne Thomsen appears as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Salzburg Camerata, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists. She performs with many other reknowned soloists including Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell, Jana Bouskova, Steven Isserlis and Mischa Maisky. She has collaborated closely with leading contempory composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Werner Henze, Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks and Michael Berkeley.

From 2004­2007 Janne Thomsen taught at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and continued 2008­2010 at the Hochschule für Musik in Lucerne. She is today based in Munich.

She is the founder and artistic director of the Holstebro International Music Festival ­” Klassiske Dage” ­ in her native Denmark, a festival which has grown in stature and has received the highest critical acclaim since its start in 2005. (http://www.klassiskedage.dk/). Janne Thomsen was for this achievement awarded the 2011 Cultural Prize as well as the Lions Prize 2011.

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish Double Bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. He lives in Amsterdam where he was a Bachelor student in the class of Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he finished his Masters degree in Cross-Over music making with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis.

He performs regularly as a member of the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, the Swedish contemporary folk music band Garizim and with the Dutch improvising violist and singer Yanna Pelser. Together with young musicians from all over Europe Jordi is a founding member of the C/o Chamber Orchestra that combines orchestral playing with principles of non-hierarchical collaboration.

In 2019/2020 Jordi looks especially forward to playing Schöenbergs Verklärte Nacht in Kings Place with the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, improvising with Gareth Lubbe in the Sylt Chamber Music Festival in Germany and to playing Hindemith duets in the alps with Matthew Hunt.

Lars Anders Tomter

Lars Anders Tomter

Lars Anders Tomter is one of today’s most outstanding violists. The Giant of the Nordic Viola (The Strad) was born at Hamar, Norway. He began to play the violin at the age of eight and also took up the viola. Both instruments he studied with Professor Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian State Academy. He then continued his studies with Professor Max Rostal and with Sándor Vegh. He was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók’s Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984 and then went on to win the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986.

Lars Anders Tomter has distinguished himself by performing new music extensively, including the world premiere of four concertos by Ragnar Söderlind, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Rolf Wallin and Anders Eliasson, which have all been written for Lars Anders Tomter. In 2011 he recorded Vagn Holmboe’s Viola Concerto with Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra released on the dacapo label. In 2015 he will record Poul Ruders’ Viola Concerto with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and in 2016 he will perform Egil Hovland’s Viola Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic.

Lars Anders Tomter’s appearances as an international viola soloist has been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States, such as Vienna Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Kölner Philharmonie. He has performed with orchestras such as BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RSO Frankfurt, NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and Danish National Radio Symphony. Conductors with whom he has worked together include among others Marc Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sylvain Cambreling, Dennis Russell Davies, Olari Elts, Daniele Gatti, Manfred Honeck, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Juha Kangas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Okko Kamu, Arvid Jansons, Dmitri Kitaenko, Ken-Ishiro Kobayashi, Ervin Lukács, Nello Santi, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Ulf Schirmer, John Storgårds, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Muhai Tang and Hans Vonk. In addition, Lars Anders Tomter collaborates frequently with internationally renowned musicians in chamber music projects.

Lars Anders Tomter is a regular guest at important festivals such as BBC Proms, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, Mondseetage, Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzingen, Styriarte, Verbier as well as at a number of festivals in Scandinavia. In addition, he is artistic director of the Norwegian Fjord Classics Festival. His large repertoire includes all major contemporary works, and he has recorded for Simax, Naxos, Virgin Classics, NMC, Somm and Chandos.

Lars Anders Tomter is a Professor at the State Academy in Oslo, supervising a number of Norway’s most talented string players. In 2013 he was appointed guest professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy, Copenhagen. He plays a Gasparo da Salo viola dated from 1590.

Lodestar Trio

Lodestar Trio

Lodestar Trio is a collaboration between stars of the Scandinavian folk scene Erik Rydvall and Olav Mjelva, and British violin virtuoso Max Baillie. Together they bring a spirit of groove and improvisation into the Baroque by connecting music by Bach and other Baroque composers with a folk sound world where the Swedish nyckelharpa and the Norwegian hardanger fiddle meet the violin.
Lodestar Trio made its debut concert in London in April 2018 and has appeared live on the BBC, on Norwegian radio, been featured by Classic Fm, and most recently featured at the 15th anniversary Folkbaltica Festival. They are making plans for a debut recording.

Marianna Shirinyan

Marianna Shirinyan

Marianna’s international career as a pianist was launched in 2006 when she won five prizes at the ARD International Piano Competition. She appears at major festivals such as the Schwetzinger Festspiele, MDR Music Festival in Germany, Midsummer Music in Iceland, and Stavanger Intenational Chamber Music in Norway. She has performed with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Potsdamer Kammerakademie, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras, under such conductors as Kocsis, Manacorda, Shui, Urbanski,and Weilerstein. In the season 2013-14 she held a one year residency at the Odense Symphony Orchestra, followed by a two year residency with the Diamant Ensemble in Copenhagen. As resident of Denmark Marianna received the Danish Radio’s prestigious P2 Artist prize..

Priya Mitchell

Priya Mitchell

Priya grew up in Oxford and studied with David Takeno in London and Zachar Bron in Germany. She was then chosen as British representative of the European Concert Halls Organisation ‘Rising Stars’ Series. This led to highly acclaimed tours and performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. Priya’s highly acclaimed Oxford Chamber Music Festival inspired The Daily Telegraph to call it ‘a musical miracle’.

Priya Mitchell grew up in Oxford and studied with David Takeno at the Yehudi Menuhin School and with Zachar Bron in Germany. She was then chosen as the British representative of the European Concert Halls Organisation ‘Rising Stars’ Series. This success led to highly acclaimed tours and performances with, amongst others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. She has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Richard Hickcox, Emmanuel Krivine, Heinrich Schiff and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Abroad, Priya has worked with orchestras including the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester. As a recitalist and chamber musician she has performed extensively at international music festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Kuhmo, Lockenhaus, Risør, Heimbach, Ravinia, Lugano, Cheltenham, Bath, Stavanger and Trondheim. Priya’s highly acclaimed Oxford Chamber Music Festival inspired The Daily Telegraph to call it ‘a musical miracle.’

Tord Gustavsen Trio

Tord Gustavsen Trio

Pianist Tord Gustavsen has released eight albums on ECM Records with his ensemble and trio; “Changing Places” (2003), “The Ground” (2005), “Being There” (2007), “Restored, Returned” (2009/2010), “The Well” (2012); “Extended Circle” (2014); “What was said” (2016); and “The Other Side” (2018). His music has been met by a huge volume of critical approval around the world (cf. Critics). He has won the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannsprisen) and numerous other awards and prizes (cf. extended CV).

After playing primarily in trio format for several years, Tord launched his new project, Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, in 2008 with a commissioned work for the Vossajazz Festival in Norway, followed by a new recording in 2009. In 2011-2015, the quartet was Tord’s major touring ensemble formation, alongside duo and trio formats with the musicians in the ensemble. He did extended projects with Kristin Asbjørnsen and Susanna Wallumrød joining the ensemble on vocals, with Cecilie Jørstad doing spoken word, and with Nils Økland on fiddle/violin. In 2016, the ensemble was supplmented with a new, alternative trio featuring Afghan-German singer Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad on drums, for album release and extensive touring.

In 2018, it was again time to release an album in piano trio format, featuring bass player Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad. While relating to his first trilogy of trio albums, Tord’s new album also integrates subtle electronics, and it paradoxically sounds both deeper, darker and more open than the first trio did.

Before starting his solo career, Tord had already been an important part of the Norwegian jazz scene for several years. His playing has formed a cornerstone in projects featuring some of the finest Norwegian singers, including Solveig Slettahjell, Silje Nergaard, Siri Gjære, and Kristin Asbjørnsen. The urge for individual expression fuses with acutely attentive listening in creative interplay, making Tord a very special experience both as a soloist and as an ensemble player. While relating to fields like Scandinavian folk music, gospel, Caribbean music and cool jazz alike, Tord’s ensembles present a unique universe of lyricism and subtle funkiness. His way of melding jazz history with ‘Nordic’ reflective moods and lyrical beauty brings about an intriguing voice on today’s music scene.

Tord tours extensively world-wide with his projects (cf. Live). He can be heard on several albums; in addition to his own releases there are releases with Solveig Slettahjell, Kristin Asbjørnsen, Mahsa Vahdat, Silje Nergaard, the Nymark Collective, the Ulrich Drechsler Quartet, Carl Petter Opsahl, and the duo aire & angels.

You can read more about Tord’s biography, about his theoretical thesis “The Dialectical Erotism of Improvisation”, and about his other musical projects on his personal web site: www.tordg.no  

Jarle Vespestad | drums

Jarle has been one of Scandinavia’s most in-demand jazz musicians for several years. His range of experience covers projects like Farmers Market; Supersilent and the Silje Nergaard Band, as well as duo cooperation with saxophonist Tore Brunborg, trio with Petter Wettre, and appearances with Bugge Wesseltoft. Along with fierce technique and startling abilities in complex rhythmic landscapes, Jarle has a unique sense of expressive minimalism and quiet moods, which is really featured in Tord’s ensemble.

Sigurd Hole | double bass

Constantly touring and recording alongside some of Norways finest jazz musicians, Sigurd is one of the country’s most sought after bass players of his generation. He “possesses a deep-in-the-gut tone not unlike Arild Andersen” (John Kelman, allaboutjazz.com), and often works with music relating somehow to norwegian folk music combined with elements from contemporary jazz. Sigurd is best known from his work as co-leader in Eple Trio, saxophone and goat horn player Karl Seglems acoustic quartet and different collaborations with norwegian guitar legend Jon Eberson. In 2018, Sigurd also established himself as a band leader, releasing a trio album under his own name, as well as strikingly original and mysteriously beautiful bass solo album.

In addition to a strong rhythmic sense and lyrical pizzicato playing, Sigurd complements the more traditional bass role with both an expressive and subtle arco touch, presenting a folkmusic and at times fiddle-like color palette to some of Tords compositions.

Besides his work as a performing artist Sigurd teaches double bass and ensembles at the Norwegian academy of music.

Web site: www.sigurdhole.no

Torleif Thedéen

Torleif Thedéen

Torleif Thedéen is one of the most highly regarded cellists working today, regularly playing with many of the world’s major orchestras, including Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Bordeaux, Haydn Cello Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berliner Symphoniker, Elgar Cello Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra , Schnittke Cello Concerto 2 with the Dresdner Philharmonie and the BBC Philharmonic, Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Schoenberg Cello Concerto with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Shostakovich Cello Concerto 2 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Saint Saens Cello Concerto with the Israel Sonfinietta, the Dutilleux Cello Concerto with the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Brahms Double Concerto with Alina Ibramigova and the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester  and with Janine Jansen and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic – under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam, and Eri Klas.  Torleif Thedéen is also active as a chamber musician, and as such appears in prestigious concert venues worldwide such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He often participates in prestigious Music Festivals, among them the Verbier Festival, Prague Spring Festival, the festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger and Kuhmo.

Since 1986 Thedéen has recorded numerous CD’s for BIS, featuring standard repertoire works as well as contemporary music, including the renowned Dvorak Cello Concerto. His CD with the Shostakovich Cello Concertos won the Cannes Classical Award in 1995, and his recording of J.S. Bach Solo Suites for cello was named Editor’s choice in BBC Music Magazine, Nov 2001. Thedéen has toured with soloists including Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to European festivals, New Zealand, and Australia.  He has also toured Scandinavia and England with the Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra of Sweden.

Thedéen has toured worldwide with Janine Jansen & Maxim Rysanov, following a CD recording with DECCA, he performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Mario Venzago) in London, toured with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, and recorded with NDR Orchestra in Hannover, Germany.   Career highlights include concerts in Finland, Spain, and a Chamber Music tour which including appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.  Recent appearances included performances at the Helleruplund Kirke and the Hørsholm Musikforening in Denmark, an Australasian Tour including performances with the Auckland Philharmonia and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Torleif Thedéen was appointed Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Fall of 2017 and has been Professor at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm since 2016.  He plays a cello by David Techler, dating from 1711, formerly owned by Lynn Harrell.

Vertavo Quartet

Vertavo Quartet

Øyvor Volle violin
Annabelle Meare violin
Berit Cardas viola
Bjørg Lewis cello

Vertavo Quartet is internationally recognised as one of the most masterful string quartets playing today. Since four very young teenagers got together in Norway in 1984, Vertavo’s performances – now rich in maturity and of the most captivating sound quality – delight audiences wherever they play.

In 2019 Vertavo are celebrating their 35th anniversary. They are probably the world’s longest performing all-female quartet. Øyvor, Berit and Bjørg are all founder members and Annabelle has been with the quartet for the past eight years. ‘Assiduous work, solid cohesion and the urge to tell a story in music – this is our holy trinity,’ says violist Berit Cardas.

Vertavo Quartet is a recipient of the Grieg-Prize: the most significant Norwegian cultural prize, bestowed on artists of the highest international standing.

Their chamber music festival, Vertavofestivalen in Norway, has been an annual celebration of their work as a string quartet and as chamber music players since 2016.

Daniel Bjarnason

Daniel Bjarnason

Daníel Bjarnason is one of Iceland’s foremost musical voices today, increasingly in demand as conductor, composer and curator. His composer portfolio includes works for orchestra, solo concerti, chamber ensembles and opera.

Principal Guest Conductor with Iceland Symphony Orchestra, this season he leads the orchestra on tour to Germany and Austria, and guest debuts with Gothenburg Symphony and Aalborg Symphony orchestras and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. His commissions include a work for orchestra and three conductors (Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta and Esa-Pekka Salonen) and a new song cycle for Crash Ensemble, co-commissioned with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Musiekgebouw Eindhoven, where he has been Composer in Residence since 2016.

After studying piano, composition and conducting in Reykjavík, Daníel Bjarnason pursued further studies in orchestral conducting at University of Music Freiburg. He is a member of Bedroom Community, the Icelandic record label and close-knit collective of like-minded creative artists.

Johannes Marmén

Johannes Marmén

Johannes Marmén enjoys a varied international career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader and composer. He is the first violinist of the Marmen Quartet, co-leader of the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, and a regular guest leader of numerous international ensembles. Having studied at the Royal College of Music, Johannes was mentored by the late Peter Cropper of the Lindsay Quartet. His compositions have been performed at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Berlin Konzerthaus, and featured on releases by Signum Records and Orchid Classics. Johannes is a founding member and leader of London-based Explore Ensemble, and he regularly performs in venues across Europe, collaborating with Hugo Ticciati, Priya Mitchell and Gareth Lubbe, as well as fellow instrumentalists from the Doric, Piatti, Ebene and Sacconi string quartets. Winners of the ROSL competition in 2018, the Marmen Quartet is one of Europe’s most promising emerging groups, performing regularly in the UK and at festivals worldwide.

Cecilia Tomter

Cecilia Tomter

Cecilia Lund Tomter is a young mezzo-soprano from Oslo, Norway. She did her bachelors degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music studying under Prof Mona Julsrud, and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien in the class of Prof Claudia Visca. Cecilia does both lieder and opera with a repertoire that spans from Brahms and Sibelius to Verdi and Strauss. Despite her young age she is regularly working professionally both as a soloist and in the Norwegian soloist choir. Some of the places she has performed are the Oslo opera house, Schönbronn Schlossteater, Muziekgebouw, TivoliVredenburg, white lights festival at Lincoln Center and the Flagstad festival. Cecilia has already received several prices. In 2015 she won 1.Price at the Matthew Mark Marriott voice scholarship awards, in 2016 she won 3.Price in Nina Grieg international solo competition and in 2017 she won 1.Price in the Youth music championship. She is currently doing her masters at the royal danish academy of music in Copenhagen.

Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London. Her work as a performer, collaborator, composer and speaker, has seen her gain considerable repute as “a genuine original” (The Guardian), and a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.

Anglo-Polish Alice’s rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) converge into artistry which draws upon her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and gospel with the legendary Lillian Boutté who took Alice under her wing and on tour as a teenager, an extensive classical training as a violinist, and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry, and folk music from diverse traditions, “all propelled in a voice of velvet suppleness and gutsy emotional power” (The Arts Desk). She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at the major UK alternative and jazz venues and festivals, including the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, the London Jazz Festival, the Vortex, Celtic Connections, and internationally at festivals from Taipei International Jazz Festival (Taiwan) to Coventry Calling (Massachusetts, USA) to Sűdtirol Jazz Festival (Italy), Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Musicá Impopular (Brazil), and many more. She also performs and collaborates at underground venues in the London scene and on unexpected platforms, with a keenness to nourish music at its roots, and to support inclusive community-wide music making.

Her forthcoming release, ‘Within You Is A World Of Spring’, generously supported by the PRSF Women Make Music Award, features a who’s-who of celebrated players, including guitarist Rob Luft, bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, pianist, drummer and producer Fred Thomas, Korean taegum player Hyelim Kim, and the Amika string quartet.

She released her debut solo album China Lane (Whirlwind Recordings) in 2014, a collection of original songs and arrangements infused with modern, ancient and invented folklore. China Lane was met with widespread critical acclaim, being made Album of the Week by BBC Radio 3, and making the The Guardian’s Best Albums End of Year List, described as “beguiling, unorthodox and pure” by The Independent, and “a real force to be reckoned with” by Jamie Cullum, who invited Alice and her band to perform live on BBC Radio 2 at Maida Vale. The success of China Lane also led to her nomination for British Vocalist of the Year by both Jazz FM (2015 and 2018) and the Parliamentary Jazz Awards (2015 and 2017), and she was selected to take part in Take Five, the professional development programme run by international music producers, Serious Ltd, sponsored by the Performing Rights Society and Arts Council England.

As an in-demand interpreter of new and unusual works, Alice has had the privilege to premiere several new large-scale pieces, including Daniel Cohens Reciprocity at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Alex Roth’s Arvoles Lloran Por Luvia at Battersea Music Hall, Alya Al-Sultani’s Two Sisters: An Arabic Opera at the Ahbab Festival in Cambridge, Peter Wiegold’s Third Orchestra at the Barbican, as well as performing exciting virtuosic works for the voice including Louis Andriessen’s M is for Man, Music and Mozart, with Sinfonia Viva at Nottingham Symphony Hall. She has performed extensively on live BBC Radio in association with the London Jazz Festival, BBC New Generation Artists programme, and many others.

Her striking ability to perform across and transcend genres whilst retaining her own expressive and intelligent musical style gives her a unique accessibility, and her distinctive voice can be heard on numerous film and television scores, including Disney’s major motion picture African Cats, written by Nicholas Hooper, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror (BBC). She also performed live throughout Germany as the vocal soloist with the Prague Philharmonic for George Fenton’s Planet Earth Live in Concert arena tour, and as the vocal and fiddle soloist in James Horner’s iconic score of the film Titanic, performed live internationally with the Kansai Philharmonic, (Taiwan) Osaka Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, (Japan), Moscow City Symphony Orchestra, and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia).

She has performed on acclaimed albums for labels including Whirlwind Recordings (China Lane), Babel (What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? – The Moss Project), Chaos (Impossible Things – Corrie Dick), Odradek (Lela – Dan Whieldon), Boombetter Records (Lifecycles – Engines Orchestra), and Ubiquity Records (The Myth of the Golden Ratio – United Vibrations), and has enjoyed regular radio play from BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, and Resonance FM, including live session features for BBC Radio 2 and at Jazz FM with her solo project, and as a speaker on vocal practices for programmes on BBC Radio 3.

She trained in jazz singing and composition and gained an MA at the Royal Academy of Music, with a scholarship from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, after completing undergraduate studies in classical violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she also won the Hilda Collens Prize and the Cove Park Emerging Artists Residency, supported by the Jerwood Foundation and the Scottish Arts Council.

Alice has held several higher education posts as a teacher, and delivered vocal and improvisation programs for the RNCM, Salford University, the University of Kent, and the Engines Orchestra. She has worked extensively for Live Music Now, a charity which takes live music into places where it is hard to access, including special needs schools, hospitals, care homes and prisons, and is currently a member of Play For Progress, an organization who provide music workshops and friendship to unaccompanied teenagers who have or are seeking refugee status in the UK.

Clare Hammond

Clare Hammond

Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’ in recognition of outstanding achievement while in 2020 she gives her debut recital for the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre.

In recent seasons, Clare has performed Panufnik with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Jacek Kaspszyk), Roxburgh with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Michael Seal), and Connesson with the Philharmonia (Jamie Phillips). In 2019, she gave the premiere of Uncoiling The River by Kenneth Hesketh with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Martyn Brabbins) and released the Complete Keyboard Works of Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan for BIS Records. Clare has forthcoming engagements with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Dalia Stasevska), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Christoph Altstaedt).

Clare’s disc of music by Kenneth Hesketh for BIS has been widely praised with the Observer describing her as a “star interpreter of contemporary music”. Her previous release, ‘Etude’, received unanimous critical acclaim for its “unfaltering bravura and conviction” (Gramophone) while the BBC Music Magazine stated that “this array of wizardry is not for the faint hearted”. Her discography includes world premiere recordings of over twenty works.

Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook postgraduate study with Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Prof Daniel Grimley

Prof Daniel Grimley

I am currently the Deputy Head of Humanities. My role is to support the Head of Division, Prof Karen O’Brien, in providing leadership for the Humanities at Oxford, to offer strategic oversight of the Division’s research activities (including innovation and knowledge exchange), and to lead preparations for the Division’s return in the REF2021. I have previously served 3 years as Associate Head of Division (Research), and I chair the management committee of The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities (TORCH).

 

My own work is focused on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music, especially in Scandinavia (Grieg, Sibelius, Carl Nielsen) and England (Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius). Drawing widely on analytical, historical and critical theoretical models, my research examines landscape both as a medium of representation or description and as a mode of embodiment or performance. I am concerned with the ways in which particular landscapes shape our responses to music and sound, and equally the extent to which our sense of landscape and environment responds to patterns or fields of acoustic perception.

In my first monograph, Grieg: Music, Landscape and Norwegian Identity (Boydell, 2006), I developed a critical reappraisal of cultural nationalism through analysis of the role which music and landscape played in the formation of Norwegian identity in the nineteenth century. In my second, Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism (Boydell, 2011), considered landscape as part of a complex engagement with musical modernism, in dialogue with received traditions of identity, structure and narrative. My third, Delius and the Sound of Place (Cambridge University Press, 2018), examines the role of place in selected works, including ‘On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring’, Appalachia and The Song of the High Hills, reading place as a creative and historically mediated category in his music. Drawing on archival sources, contemporary art and literature, and more recent writing in cultural geography and the philosophy of place, this is a new interpretation of Delius’ work, from which he emerges as one of the most original and compelling voices in early twentieth-century music.

My Delius research also included the collation (with Dr Joanna Bullivant) of a comprehensive scholarly online catalogue of his works, and the rediscovery of the original draft of his String Quartet (1916), including the world premiere recording of the first version of ‘Late Swallows’ with the Villiers String Quartet for Naxos. In conjunction with Joanna Bullivant, Kevin Page and David Lewis, I explored new digital ways for promoting Delius’s music, funded by an AHRC Follow-On Award, part of which is available via the British Library’s Discovering Music site. Our work has won accolades from the British Library (Research Labs award, 2018) and Oxford (Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research award, 2019).

I was Principal Investigator of the interdisciplinary research network Hearing Landscape Critically, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, between 2012 and 2016, and in 2011 I was Scholar-in-Residence at the Bard Music Festival, for which I edited a volume with Princeton University Press. I was one of the editors of the leading peer-review journal Music & Letters (Oxford University Press) for over 8 years, and then an associate editor of The Musical Quarterly until 2019. I currently serve on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and I am an advisory member of the editorial boards of the Danish Yearbook of Musicology and Svensk Musiktidsskrift Online. I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and I sit on the board of OU Innovation. In 2019, I was appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen.

I was educated at a state comprehensive school in Kent, and benefitted from the County Music Service (including Kent Youth Orchestra). I am committed to access and outreach, and to supporting academically talented students from all backgrounds who merit a place at Oxford. I teach broadly across the undergraduate curriculum, especially music theory and analysis, topics in music history post-1700, nineteenth-century symphony, and issues in contemporary music and performance. I have supervised 12 doctoral theses to completion, and my graduate students have researched a wide variety of topics in music history and theory post-1700. I hold a postgraduate certificate in teaching in higher education from the University of Nottingham, and in 2016 I won the award for best Postgraduate Supervisor from the Oxford University student’s union.

Minna Pensola

Minna Pensola

Minna Pensola performs as a chamber musician, soloist and leader. She is a founding member of Meta4 string quartet which is the first prize winner of the Dimitri Shostakovich String Quartet Competition (Moscow 2004) and the Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition (Vienna 2007).  She is also a co-founder of The Punavuori Chamber concert series, and runs a club for classical music in her home town Helsinki.  She acted as an artistic director for the Sysmä Summer Sounds Festival in Finland years 2006-2012.  During the seasons 2019-2021 Pensola will work as an artistic partner of Joensuu City Orchestra. Minna Pensola teaches violin at the Sibelius Academy and is tutor at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA).  Her own studies took her to through the Sibelius Academy, Musikhochschule Zürich and European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). Minna Pensola plays a Carlo Bergonzi violin (1732) kindly on loan from Signe ja Ane Gyllenberg Foundation.

Tom Fetherstonhaugh

Tom Fetherstonhaugh

Tom is delighted to be returning to the Oxford Chamber Music Festival. Described as a ‘spark to watch’ by BBC Radio 3, he divides his time between piano, organ, and conducting. As a pianist he has recently played the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the Holywell Music Room; this season he will record Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata for a documentary about violinist George Bridgetower for BBC 4 with Braimah Kanneh-Mason. Tom has just graduated from Merton College Oxford where he held organ and academic scholarships — as organ scholar he was responsible for accompanying the two college choirs, as well as playing for recordings, international tours, and BBC broadcasts. Tom is the founder and conductor of Fantasia Orchestra, a dynamic group of young musicians who perform a wide repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary music. He has just made his conducting debut in Asia where he gave a concert for peace in Korea’s Demilitarised Zone, and this season makes his debut with the Ulster Orchestra.