Nils-Erik Sparf and Ulf Forsberg, violin, Ellen Nisbeth, viola,
Andreas Brantelid, cello, Bengt Forsberg, piano
Chopin (1810-1849) - Three mazurkas for piano, op. 56
Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948) – Piano quintet in c-minor
... Intermission ...
Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Songs without words, op. 38
Georges Catoire (1861-1926) - Piano quintet, op. 28
More information about the artists
Nils-Erik Sparf, violin and viola, for several decades one of Sweden's foremost musicians, has collaborated with many of Sweden's most famous performing artists. He has been concert master of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently concert master of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and the Uppsala Chamber Soloists. He is active as a soloist and has made many CD-recordings. He has been a member of the Royal Swedish Musical Academy since 1992. He has appeared many times at Allhelgonakyrkan, most recently in the 2016 festival, French Chamber Music.
Ulf Forsberg, violin, has been a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1985 and was the concertmaster during the 1990's. He helped found the Stockholm New Chamber Orchestra (SNYKO) in 1981 and was their first concertmaster. Since 1991 he is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has taken part in various chamber music projects, including recordings, with Anne-Sofie von Otter. Ulf Forsberg has appeared in Allhelgonakyrkan on many occasions.
Ellen Nisbeth was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Norwegian Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, London. She has appeared as soloist with most of the Scandinavian orchestras and has won a number of awards, including the Royal Academy of Music's soloist prize in 2012, as the first violast ever. In 2013 she also won the Norwegian soloist prize. Ellen has taken part in many chamber music festivals and gives master classes often. Ellen's first appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan was in October 2015 with a program of English chamber music.
Andreas Brantelid, cello, made his concert debut at age 14 in Elgar's Cello Concerto with Det Kungliga kapellet in Copenhagen. Since then he has performed as soloist with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia and many other European orchestras.
Andreas won the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition (2006), Paulo International Cello Competition (2007) and was also a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner in 2008. He has also been a member of the Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society of New York and the BBC's New Generation Artist system. Andreas played for the first time in Allhelgonakyrkan as a teenager. His latest appearance was in November 2015 with a program of the chamber music of Gabriel Fauré.
Bengt Forsberg, piano, has been the artistic director of the chamber music series at Allhelgonakyrkan for almost 30 years. Among his regular partners are the mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, cellist Andreas Brantelid and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf. As a soloist he has performed with, among others, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and he has given solo recitals in many venues including London's prestigious Wigmore Hall. In October 2016, he participated as a soloist in the Oxford Lieder Festival's "Schumann Project". Bengt Forsberg has released many CDs, most recently an acclaimed recording of music by women composers, "Neglected works for the piano."