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 Brantelid played for the first time in Allhelgonakyrkan as a teenager. He has returned several times since then, the latest concert was in September 2017 with a program including Danish flute musik plus Haydn trios.
Kjell Fagéus, clarinet, a highly respected chamber musician and soloist, has toured often in Sweden and abroad. He was solo clarinetist in the Royal Opera Orchestra for 14 years and has been concertmaster of the Stockholm Wind Ensemble. He has performed in Allhelgonakyrkan several times, most recently in the 2012 festival American Dreams.
Bengt Forsberg, piano, is one of Sweden's foremost pianists. Among his regular partners are mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, cellist Andreas Brantelid and violinists Cecilia Zilliacus and Nils-Erik Sparf. As a soloist, Bengt has performed with the Stockholm Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony. He has also given solo recitals in, among other places, London's Wigmore Hall. Bengt is also an adjunct professor in piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Bengt has released a large number of CDs, not least with Anne Sofie von Otter, several of which have received major international awards, such as Grammy and Gramophon's Recording of the Year. In recent years, Bengt has released prized discs with female composers, "Neglected works for piano", works for violin and piano by Carl Nielsen together with Cecilia Zilliacus, cello music by Fauré with Andreas Brantelid, English music for viola with Ellen Nisbeth and together with Cecilia Zilliacus and Sabina Bisholt a CD with music by Amanda Maier.
Jesper Harryson, oboe, is the section leader in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He also regularly appears as a soloist and is an active chamber musician. Jesper is also a member of the Stockholm Sinfonietta. In 1988 he won a Nordic competition for oboists in Odense and has received awards in international competitions in Germany and the UK.
Jesper Harryson is regularly part of various chamber music concerts at Konserthuset, including as a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Harryson also teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. His latest appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan was at the festival in 2016, Fransk Kammarmusik (French Chamber Music).
Klara Hellgren, violin, studied at the Music Academy in Gothenburg and in London at the Royal College of Music. In 2000, she took a soloist diploma at the Royal. Music in Stockholm. Klara Hellgren has since worked as concertmaster, including in Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Folk Opera in Stockholm. She appears frequently as a soloist and chamber musician and is represented on numerous radio recordings of Swedish Radio P2. Together with pianist Teres Löf, she is one half of Duo Nova. Since 2005 she is a member of the Uppsala Chamber Soloists and is concert master in Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared frequently in Allhelgonakyrkan, most recently in the 2015 festival Chamber music from the north.
Julia Kretz-Larsson, violin, was born in Berlin. She was a student of Prof.Marianne Boettcher and studied with Prof.Thomas Brandis in Berlin and with Josef Suk in Prague. With the Julius Stern piano trio she has won various prizes at contests such as the International Chamber Music Contest Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Berlin and the International Chamber Music Contest Trio di Trieste in Trieste. She is a member of the chamber music ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin, which has its own concert series in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie and with whom she also performed in halls as Carnegie Hall in New York and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Julia Kretz-Larsson has regularly played chamber music concerts with artists such as Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Isabelle Faust, Martin FroÌˆst, Torleif Thedeen, Cecilia ZilIiacus, Lawrence Power, Bengt Forsberg, Roland Pöntinen, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Igor Levit, Mischa Maisky, Itamar Golan, and she has played chamber music concerts at festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele, International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Julian Rachlin and Friends, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Vinterfest. She has recorded chamber music for BIS, NAXOS, Harmonia Mundi, among others.
In 2006, Julia Kretz-Larsson became a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, led by Claudio Abbado, and since 2008 she has been a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, from 2011 as leader of the second violins.
Since 2015 she holds the position of alternate concert master of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. This is her first appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan.
Bernt Lysell, violin & viola, has served as concertmaster in most of the major orchestras in Sweden and has had a long career as a chamber musician both in Sweden and abroad. In 1991 he became a member of the Royal Academy of Music and has played a key role in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for more than 30 years until 2010 when he retired. Since 2010, Bernt has been working for Music in Uppland where he is a member of the Uppsala Chamber Soloists and concertmaster of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. His latest appearance in the Allhelgonakyrkan was in 2000 when the Lysell Quartet played music by César Franck
Per Nyström, cello, studied for Guido Vecchi, Torleif Thedéen and Ola Karlsson, and for William Pleeth in London. He made his soloist debut with Göteborg Symphony Orchestra in 1994. Per was one of the founders of The Yggdrasil String Quartet and is an artistic director of Aurora Music, a concept for chamber music festival and international master classes. In addition to the top professors and artists on orchestral instruments, 1300 young artists from five continents have visited Aurora since its inception. In 2013 Per Nyström was awarded the Litteris et Artibus medal for outstanding artistic contributions as a cellist.
He has appeared in the Allhelgonakyrkan a number of times, most recently in the 2008 festival 3 X Franz .
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 a Christmas concert in 2016.
Johanna Persson, viola, has been awarded prizes at, among others, the Rostal competition in Berlin in 1997 and has been the viola-section leader in the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra until 2013. She teaches viola and chamber music at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. See the information about Johanna under String trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen, she is one of the founding members.
Roland Pöntinen , piano, debuterade som solist 1981 med Kungliga Filharmonikema och har efter det framträtt tillsammans med de friimsta orkestrarn i Europa, USA, Korea, Sydafrika, Australien och Nya Zeeland. Höjdpunkterna inkluderar konserler med filharmoniska orkestrarna i Paris och London, Los Angeles Philharmonic i Hollywood Bowl, Scottish Chamber Orchestra i Edinburgh liksom framträdanden i London Proms. Han har gjort mer än 100 inspelningar för BIS, Phillips, cpo, Arte Nuova och EMI.
His latest appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan was in August 2011.
See the information about Kati under String trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen, she is one of the founding members.
Nils-Erik Sparf, violin, 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 the Royal Opera Orchestra of Stockholm and is currently concert master of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra as well as a member of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and the Uppsala Chamber Soloists. He is active as a soloist and has made many CD-recordings. Since 1992 he is a member of the Royal Swedish Musical Academy. He has appeared many times at Allhelgonakyrkan, most recently in September 2017.
Hermann Stefánsson, clarinet, has been the section leader with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Stockholm Sinfonietta since 1995. He had previously held the same position with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Stefánsson is also a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet and the Swedish Serenade Ensemble. He has been a soloist with many Swedish and non-Swedish orchestras, including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he regularly participates in Konserthuset's chamber music subscriptions.
Hermann Stefánsson is a professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and guest professor at the Academy of Music in Lódz, and he has previously served as guest professor at the Sarajevo Music Academy. He has also worked as a teacher at the Malmö Academy of Music and Piteå School of Music, and has guest taught at several universities in Europe and the US. In 2003 he received the distinction of Philharmonic Member of the Year. His latest appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan was at the festival in 2016, Fransk Kammarmusik (French Chamber Music).
String trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen was founded in 1999 and has established itself as one of the most interesting chamber music ensembles in Sweden today. They won a Swedish Grammy in 2005 for their recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The trio's members have been the artistic directors for the chamber music series 'Äntligen måndag', (Finally Monday) in Grünewaldsalen in Stockholm's Concert Hall. In 2014 they were awarded the Musikaliska akademiens Interpretpris. Trio ZPR has appeared often in Allhelgonakyrkan, most recently in the 2017 festival.
Cecilia Zilliacus, violin, won the Soloist Prize in 1997 and 1997/98 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Swedish Radio P2. 2001/2002 she was the Rising Stars representative for Stockholm's Concert Hall.
Johanna Persson, viola, has been awarded prizes at, among others, the Rostal competition in Berlin in 1997 and has been the viola-section leader in the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra until 2013. She teaches viola and chamber music at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.
Kati Raitinen, cello, is alternating principal cellist with the Stockholm Royal Opera. She has been the guest principal cellist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the opera house in Brussels.
See the information about Kati under String trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen, she is one of the founding members.
Ylvali Zilliacus, viola, studied in London and Berlin. After she, Nadia Wijzenbeek and Marie Macleod founded the Lendvai String Trio in 2004 they studied for David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Drama in London. Since their debut at Wigmore Hall, they have performed concerts in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Kings Place and Purcell Room in London and Musical in Stockholm.
Ylvali was the viola section leader in the English Concert (2003-2007) then 2009-2013 in Musica Vitae in Växjö, with whom she often appeared as a soloist in Sweden as well as on a tour abroad. Since 2011, Ylvali regularly plays in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and since 2015 also at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Her latest appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan was the 2017 festival with music of Bach and Mendelssohn.
Kristofer Öberg, horn, joined the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997 and is alternate section leader. Before that he was horn soloist with Norrlandsoperan. Kristofer studied at Framnäs Folk High School and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has received the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's international scholarship twice.
On many occasions, Kristofer Öberg has appeared as a soloist, including in Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 and Lars-Erik Larsson's Horn Concertino. With the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, he has performed the solo in Schumann's Concertpiece for Four Horns and Orchestra. Öberg is also a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet. His latest appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan was at the festival in 2016, Fransk Kammarmusik (French Chamber Music).