The festival was founded in 1991 by the cellist Truls Mørk and the oboist Gregor Zubicky. It quickly acquired a reputation as one of Europe's foremost chamber music festivals, where musicians gather to play together in varying constellations. Subsequently, the festival was led by the Grieg Trio, until Martin Frøst and Ihle Hadland took over as artistic leaders. Last year, Ihle Hadland became sole leader, but in 2019, the well-known cellist Andreas Brantelid joins him.
The festival was founded in 1991 by the cellist Truls Mørk and the oboist Gregor Zubicky. It quickly acquired a reputation as one of Europe’s foremost chamber music festivals, where musicians gather to play together in varying constellations. Subsequently, the festival was led by the Grieg Trio, until Martin Frøst and Ihle Hadland took over as artistic leaders. Last year, Ihle Hadland became sole leader, but in 2019, the well-known cellist Andreas Brantelid joins him.
The festival’s vision is to remain one of Europe’s leading chamber music festivals, both for the artists and for the public. Elevated artistic quality forms the joist of the festival: we aim to strengthen the value of music by development, superb quality, and innovation. “Russian bonanza and Boehmian sunshine”, “Czech early morning exercise”, and“Infinite longing”. This year, instead of offering an overall theme, the festival lets each concert live itsown life – and these three titles indicate a little of what our audience can look forward to.
For blowing the horns and handling the bows, we have invited a cascade of Scandinavia’s most impressive musicians, among them the tenor Bror
Magnus Tødenes, the Danish hornist Lasse Mauritzen, the Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg, and the violinist Johan Dalene – with family roots in Stavanger’s neighbouring town Sandnes – and many more, plus many excellent non- Scandinavians, each of whom deserves a separate paragraph!
We are pleased to continue our tradition, inviting choirs from the top range. This year, we are very happy to welcome Det Norske Solistkor, consisting of the country’s best soloists with the indefatigable Grete Pedersen conducting. Even now, after almost 30 years with the choir, she displays a musical appetite and energy that our audience can look forward to – in everything from the contemporary Russian master Sofia
Gubaidulina to the music that touches us deepest of all, our timeless folk tunes. We shall hear them both in the cathedral and in the Utstein monastery.
It is a great pleasure to be able to include the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra once again, in a soloist concert in the marvellous Fartein Valen hall of the concert house. We are also happy to present the town’s own early music ensemble, Stavanger Barokk, with two concerts in the Sola ruinkirke.
This year, once again, we are rolling out the red carpet for our younger public with two family events. Two productions will be developed especially for this festival- one in collaboration with RAS, the regional arena for contemporary dance in Sandnes culture house. Here, we shall invite the children into a space packed with marvels for the production “The magic chamber”. In Stavanger, we offer the playful family concert
“Rhythms and dances from all over the world”. Both productions combines musicians and dancers. And for those who did not get their fill of musical craziness during the bananas concert in Stavanger Kunsthall last year, we shall offer version II this year, same time, same place.
Another truly innovative element will be the yoga concert “Breathe Music”, offering a feast for the senses, when people can practise yoga or meditate to the tunes provided by musicians from the Gothenburg symphony, the Swedish national orchestra, and the
yoga will be led by the yoga instructor and musician Lene Skomedal. As always, our beautiful cathedral is the venue for our evening concerts, whereas Skur2 at Skansekaien offers beautiful music in the mornings and afternoons.The festival’s main focus is classical music with some pieces of contemporary works. As always, the program and the artists will provide a variety of beloved well-known and new ground being tilled.
- Last Updated: 03/20/2019
- Source: Region Stavanger
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Stavanger Chambermusic Festival
- August 6, 2019 - August 11, 2019
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