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We heard two of the most beloved piano quintets, each 30 to 40 minutes long. Robert Schumann's from 1842, César Franck's from 1879. That Pontus Carron and his four fellow musicians play Franck this year may be due to the composer's two hundreth anniversary; by combining it with Schumann, we are able to compare two of the top five or six works. Which did you like best?

Piano quintet is the accepted term for the combination of piano (or concert grand piano) and a string quartet, ie two violins, a viola and a cello. 19th century chamber music was intended to be performed in the bourgeoisie's home, where there was often a piano. If you played some string instruments in the house, you might be able to get a string quartet with the help of a circle of acquaintances and some invited professionals. But the quintets we will hear this Saturday tested the limits of what was achieved at such amateur meetings. Maybe that's why the number of piano quintets is small compared to all the string quartets and piano trios (piano + violin + cello) that were released


Robert Schumann (1810—1856): Piano quintet in E-flat op. 44

  1. Allegro brillante
  2. In Modo d'una Marcia: Un poco largamente.
  3. Scherzo: Molto vivace — Trio I — Trio II
  4. Allegro ma non troppo

César Franck (1822—1890): Piano quintet in f-minor

  1. Molto moderato quasi lento
  2. Lento, con molto sentimento
  3. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco


Pontus Carron, piano
Øyvor Volle, violin,
Won-Hee Lee, violin,
Vidar Andersson Meilink, viola
Kristina Winiarski, cello

More information about the artists


Pontus Carron, piano, after studies for Stefan Bojsten and Mats Widlund at the Academy of Music in Stockholm and Edsbergs Slott, has received a number of awards in international competitions and received scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music, the Swedish Masonic Order and John Andersson in Anderslöv foundation. Since his debut with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra in 2019, he has been a soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, he together with Kristina Winiarski won the chamber music competition "Young and Promising".
Pontus regularly plays at festivals and chamber music venues around Europe. His most recent appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan was in November 2020.

Link to Pontus Carron's website


Øyvor Volle, violin, got her first violin at the age of four. She studied with Professor Leif Jørgensen from the age of eight, and moved to Germany when she was 16 years old. Only 18 years old, she got the job as concertmaster in the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, a position she held for five years. Øyvor is currently concertmaster at the Gothenburg Opera and teaches violin and chamber music at the University of Gothenburg.
She co-founded the Vertavo Quartet in 1984 and together they have played all over the world. Favorite venues include Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebow in Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall in London. Øyvor Volle has received the Shell Prize, the Grieg Prize, the Klæstad Legacy, the Nordea Prize and the Guide Vecchi scholarship. She plays on a Cerutti from 1785, which is on loan from Dextra Musica Norway.

Øyvor most recently participated in Allhegonakyrkan in the Schumann Festival in 2002


Canadian Won-Hee Lee, violin, has been a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's second violin section since 2014. She has also worked with, for example, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Weinberger Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada and Kammerakademie Potsdam. She is also a dedicated chamber musician and has performed internationally on both violin and viola.
Won-Hee studied for Alexander Kerr at Indiana University, as well as at the Orchestra Academy of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and at the Institute of Orchestral Studies at the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada. This is the first time she appears at Allhelgonakyrkan.


Vidar Andersson Meilink, viola, started playing the violin when he was four years old for Nina and Oleg Balabine at the music school Lilla Akademien in Stockholm. In high school he became attached to the viola's dark warm sound and his love for the instrument and chamber music took him to Edsberg where he studied bachelor and master for Malin Broman and Mats Zetterqvist. During these years, Vidar won first prize in Stockholm International, received the Freemasons' large scholarship and ended his master's studies by playing Schnittke's viola concerto together with the Royal Academy of Music's Symphony Orchestra.

Today, Vidar is employed in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's viola section and also regularly plays chamber music around Sweden.

Foto:David Möller

Kristina Winiarski, cello, received her soloist diploma in 2019 after studying for Torleif Thedéen at KMH / Edsberg and Malmö Academy of Music. She has also studied for Valter Despalj in Zagreb and Gautier Capucon in Paris. She debuted as a soloist at the age of 16 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, USA, and has later performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras in Sweden and internationally, including Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. In 2021, she was a soloist in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra's Swedish premiere of Marie Jaëll's cello concerto.

Kristina is a recipient of several scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music, and also received Anders Wall's Giresta scholarship in 2019. She plays a cello built by David Tecchler from 1711, lent by the Järnåker Foundation.
Kristina has appeared several times before in Allhelgonakyrkan, most recently in November 2020.

Link to Kristina Winiarski's website