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Composers:

Crusell och hans samtida

Participants:

Staffan Mårtensson, Susanna Stern, Bengt Forsberg and others

Music for clarinet by Bernhard Crusell and his contemporaries.

The program will be published soon.

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Staffan Mårtensson

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Photo: Carl Thorborg

Staffan Mårtensson, has been the solo clarinetist in the Stockholm Royal Opera Orchestra since 2000 after having held the same position in the Gävle Symphony Orchestra 1992-2000. In addition to his work there, he is a soloist and chamber musician and performs with, among others, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Lausanne, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchester de la Garde Republicaine in Paris. Orchester de Basse-Normandie, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic, the Kristiansand Chamber Orchestra and the Stockholm New Chamber Orchestra (SNYKO).

In addition to the classic masterpieces for clarinet, Staffan Mårtensson likes to play jazz, klezmer and contemporary music. Collaborations with composers have led to a number of premieres of solo concerts, for example at the Musikverein in Vienna. His partners include pianists Love Derwinger and Frédéric Lagarde, violinists Pierre Amoyal, Semmy Stahlhammer and Tobias Ringborg and cellist Daniel Blendulf. He has also performed with stand-up comedian Peter Wahlbeck, actress Reine Brynolfsson and jazz singer Margareta Bengtson. In 2014 he received the royal medal Litteris et Artibus for his artistic accomplishments.

This is his first appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan.

Susanna Stern

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Susanna Stern, soprano, made her debut at the Stockholm Royal Opera in 2011 with Amor in Mats Ek's acclaimed production of Orpheus and Eurydice. She has since been seen in several different roles there, such as Romilda in Xerxes, Norina in Don Pasquale and Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and The Countess in Figaro's Wedding. During the 2016/2017 season, she added three new roles to her repertoire as she sang Musetta in La Bohème, Freia in Rhenguldet and Gerhilde in Valkyrian. Susanna performed the soprano part in Haydn's Creation in a theatrical version at the Folkoperan last year. She appeared in the title role in Benjamin Staern's opera The Snow Queen, a role she also did in 2016 when the opera had its world premiere in Malmö.
Susanna studied at the Opera Academy in Stockholm, where she graduated in 2009. Already during her studies, she made her debut at the Folkoperan as Ännchen in Friskytten and sang Flaminia in Haydns Livet på månen at Drottningholms Slottsteater. She also appeared in roles such as Susanna in Figaro's wedding and Despina in Così fan tutte. As a concert singer, Susanna appears in works such as Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass and C minor Mass, Vivaldi's Gloria and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem.
Susanna Stern was awarded the 2008 Jenny Lind Scholarship. She has also received scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music, Drottningholm theater's friends and Anders Sandrews Stiftelse. This is her first appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan.

Bengt Forsberg

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Photo: Erik Hanspers

Bengt Forsberg, piano, has achieved a unique position in the musical life of Sweden as a pianist, chamber musician and accompanist, including a long collaboration with Anne Sofie von Otter. He has recorded many CDs, many of which have received international prizes such as Grammy and Gramaphone's Record of the Year. The last few years Bengt has recorded several CDs featuring woman composers. "Neglected works for piano" is one and together with Cecilia Zilliacus and Sabina Bisholt there have been several CDs with music by Amanda Maier.
Bengt is KVAH's artistic leader and has been responsible for chamber music in Allhelgonakyrkan for more than 30 years. His repertoire is unusually broad and planning discussions with KVAH's board take up both works by little known composers and little known works by well known composers. The result is wonderful concerts with many of Sweden's finest musicians.