Bach, Beethoven and others
Anne Sofie von Otter, Olle Persson, Margareta Bengtson, Bengt Forsberg and others
Traditional and non-traditional Christmas songs
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo soprano,
Olle Persson, baritone,
Margareta Bengtsson, soprano and harp,
Gregory Lloyd, organ,
Bengt Forsberg, piano
More information about the artists
Anne Sofie von Otter
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano, is one of the finest Swedish singers ever. In addition to opera engagements at the world's top venues, she has an extensive recording and recital schedule. The latter often include innovative and transnational projects. Among her conductor collaborations include Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado, Marc Minkowski and Sir Simon Rattle. She is a regular guest at leading festivals and has achieved great success as a lieder interpreter during her more than 30 year collaboration with Bengt Forsberg. She has appeared often at Allhelgonakyrkan, most recently in our 2020 YouTube festival.
Olle Persson, baritone, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and received besides a voice teacher degree. With an unusually wide repertoire, he has appeared on almost all significant scenes in the Nordic countries. In addition, he has very often been involved in premieres and newer repertoire. At the Folk Opera in Stockholm Olle Persson has been a regular guest soloist since 1987 with over 10 leading roles. In addition to the collaboration with the Folk Opera, Olle has participated in a number of shows at the Royal Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Malmö Opera, Drottningholmsteatern and Norrlands Opera.
He also plays violin and sometimes performs in a folk music context with Lena Willemark. His most recent appearance at Allhlegonakyrkan was last year's Christmas concert.
Margareta Bengtson, sopran0 and harp, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. The first year at KMH, 1984, she was part of and formed the singing ensemble The Real Group. In 2006, Margareta left the singing group and began a solo career. That same year, her first solo album, the jazz album "I'm Old Fashioned", was released. In 2009 the album "Where the Midnight Sun Never Sets" was released and the same year the album "Once in Stockholm".
Margareta Bengtson performs as a solo musician with her harp or in various constellations. She has sung in big bands, for example with Bohuslän Big Band and Blue House Jazz Orchestra. Sometimes she accompanies herself on the harp.
Gregory Lloyd is the organist for the Katarina parish and appears regularly as soloist in churches in the Stockholm area as well as in the Stockholm Concert Hall. He is also choral director of the Katarina Vocal Ensemble and Stockholm's cathedral boy's choir. He has led several chamber music concerts in Allhelgonakyrkan as well as playing in last year's Christmas concert.
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.