A concert with two duos, **Duo Hästbacka/Persson** and **Duo Sandri/Gourman**, both finalists in the Young and Promising contest 2015
Duo Hästbacka/Persson performed
- Rodney Rogers (b 1953) - Lessons in the Sky
- Fernande Decruck (1896-1954) - Sonate en ut#
- Paul Creston (1906-1905) - Sonata op 19
Duo Sandri/Gourman performed
- Ludvig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - 12 variations on a theme from Händel's "Judas Maccabeus"
- Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) - Slavic variations
- Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) - Polonaise Brillante op 3
- Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925-1991) - one of the 5 pieces for cello & piano
Information about the performers
Duo Hästbacka Persson, which consists of saxophonist Linn Persson and pianist Christopher Hästbacka, began playing together at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2009. Both have a Bachelor's degree from the College of Music in Stockholm and a Master's degree, Linn from the Royal College of Music in London and Christopher from Edsberg. Right now they are both studying for an Advanced Interpretation Extension, formerly known as a soloist diploma, at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm respective Edsberg.
Individually, they have received numerous awards in various solo competitions, the Swedish Steinway Competition, the Berlingske Tidendes Musikkonkurrence, Polstjärnepriset, Öresund soloist, Nordic Piano Competition, Jane Melber Prize and the Stockholm International Music Competition. Together they have qualified for the final of the Chamber Music Competition Young and Promising organized by the Chamber Music Association in Sweden.
Duo Sandri Gourman consists of cellist Sabina Sandri Olsson and pianist Natalie Gourman. They began playing together in 2008 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. After both had completed their studies they moved to London where Sabina did her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, Natalie at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They have since performed extensively in Scandinavia, the UK, Germany, France and Italy.
In 2012 they received the second prize in the Chamber Music Association's Competition Young & Promising and were specially selected by Leonidas Kavakos to participate in his only masterclass / festival in Athens in March 2013. In the spring of 2014 the duo was admitted to the prestigious Master Class International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall during Steven Isserlis management. 2015 they had the honor of performing at the Olof Palme Prize ceremony in the Swedish Parliament and were again a finalist in the Young & Promising competition.