Wachner is principal conductor of Opera McGill, music director of The Washington Chorus, and an invigorating and creative director of music and arts of Trinity Church in New York, among many other commitments. New York Times described Trinity’s recent production of the Messiah as of “rollicking, almost celebratory intensity” and his own compositions are characterized as “outstanding contributions to choral literature”. He arrived here several days early, with four singers who will help possibly 20 selected singers to further enhance their skills in works such as Bach cantatas.
For more than three decades, Torleif Thedéen has travelled the world as a soloist and chamber musician with his ex-Lynn Harrell instrument that was built by David Teckler in 1711. His numerous recordings reflect the large scope in his repertoire by including Bach’s and Britten’s cello suites, Schnittke’s cello works, and concertos by Dvorák, Lalo, Schumann, Elgar, Saint-Saëns, Kabalevsky Bloch, Kokkonen, and Shostakovich. As a keen chamber musician he often performs in major venues such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Concertgebouw, and Schauspielhaus in Berlin.
As artistic director of the Plush festival in Dorset, the versatile cellist brings together all his different passions – for classical and contemporary chamber music, lieder, modern jazz, folk and world music. Adrian Brendel sees his annual visit to the International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, founded by Sandor Vegh, as a perfect environment of great personal and artistic importance. Among his projects was a three-year collaboration with Sir Harrison Birtwistle that led to several premieres. His current collaborations range from Patti Smith and the Argentinian bandoneonist Marcelo Nisinman to the multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen who is also with us this year. Playing Dohnányi with the “normally very composed” Nash Ensemble, he inspired them to “let their hair down” while he was grinning from ear to ear, according to critics.
Born in 1977 as fourth generation in a family of musicians, Boris Brovtsyn started to play the violin with his grandfather and went on to enter the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory when he was 17, graduating with top honors five years later. Having won several top prizes, he continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music, where he has now been teaching since 2010. In addition, he gives master classes all around the world, being in ever-increasing demand as both soloist and chamber musician. He appears on numerous recordings with Decca, BIS, Onyx and Naxos labels. With Janine Jansen he won the ECHO Klassik award for Schubert and Schoenberg works, and his recording with Martin Fröst of the Brahms clarinet quintet was nominated for the Gramphone award. Brovtsyn’s latest recording is a CD of Ysaye’s solo violin sonatas.
The festival is just about to confirm the last teachers for this year's masterclasses, so please come back soon for an updated version of our page! We should be opening the application form later in April, too.
We are happy to invite you to listen to our masterclasses! You can now find the masterclass schedule online.
All masterclasses will take place at Bjergsted. We will use three different buildings, the main university building (IMD 1, piano and percussion masterclasses), the old culture school (IMD 2, harpsichord, guitar and most of the string masterclasses) and the new culture school (room "Ksalen", mostly string masterclasses, Tuesday and Wednesday only).
There will be signs to help you find the rooms - please have also a look at the map on our homepage to find the different buildings or contact us if you have any questions.
All participants for this year’s masterclasses have been selected and have accepted their spots. If you would like to participate as observer, you are more than welcome. The masterclass schedule will be posted soon.
Onsdag 2. mars ble årets festivalprogram lansert i Stavanger Konserthus for inviterte gjester. Både Christian Ihle Hadland, som måtte rekke ettermiddagsfly for å spille konsert i Oslo, og 1B1 under ledelse av Jan Bjøranger spilte på lanseringen. Christian og Jan hadde i tillegg en kort gjennomgang av de viktigste nyhetene i årets program, blant annet Åpen Scene i foajeen på IMD, Institutt for Musikk og Dans, der både festivalmusikere, lærere og studenter i Bjergsted fritt kan boltre seg på scenen med sine bidrag. Det blir også en lengre konsert på "Lille lørdag", eller onsdag kveld i Zetlitz, Stavanger Konserthus. I tillegg blir det konserter i Utstein Kloster og Sola ruinkirke. Stian Carstensen og Jan Fredrik Heyerdahl inviterer til Meloditime! for den eldre garde i Sola Strand hotel.