Ellen Gulbranson was a Swedish operatic soprano with a strong, dramatic voice best suited to the works of Richard Wagner. She was a leading figure among the second generation of Bayreuth singers and her voice is preserved on a few acoustic recordings that she made for Edison Records and Pathé Records during the early part of the 20th century. In 1911, she was awarded The King's Medal of Merit by Sweden's monarch. Born Ellen Norgren in Stockholm, Gulbranson studied at the Stockholm Conservatory under Julius Gunther and in Paris with Ellen Kenneth and the great pedagogue Mathilde Marchesi. Subsequently, she studied with Marchesi's daughter Blanche, who strengthened Gulbranson's top notes and transformed her voice from that of a mezzo-soprano into that of a dramatic soprano. Gulbranson made her operatic debut in 1889 as Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in Stockholm, sang the Wagnerian roles of Brünnhilde and Ortrud there in 1898, she went on to excel in portraying these heroines—as well as succeeding in the parts of Kundry in Parsifal and Isolde in Tristan und Isolde.
In 1896, she made her first appearance at the Bayreuth Festival in its 20th year, alternating in the role of Brünnhilde with the veteran diva Lilli Lehmann. Her portrayal was so well received. Gulbranson went on to sing annually at Bayreuth until 1914, she was appeared in London at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in 1900 and 1907. After retiring from the stage in 1915 she worked as a singing teacher, her most notable pupil was Eidé Norena. She became a Norwegian citizen. Gulbranson died in Oslo at the age of 83, she was married to sister in law to Arne Eggen. Their daughter married business executive Ulf Styren
Amanda Röntgen-Maier was a Swedish violinist and composer. She was the first female graduate in music direction from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 1872. Amanda Maier discovered her musical talent early, her first instruction in violin and piano was from her father. At the age of sixteen, Maier began studying at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where she studied violin, piano, cello and harmony. Maier performed violin concerts in abroad, she continued to study composition with the conservatory teachers Reinecke and Richter in Leipzig and violin from Engelbert Röntgen, concert master at Gewandhaus Orchestra in the same city. During this time she composed a piano trio and a violin concerto for orchestra, her violin concerto received good reviews. In Leipzig she met composer Julius Röntgen, her violin teacher's son; the couple moved to Amsterdam. The marriage ended Amanda's public appearances, but she continued composing, the couple arranged musical salons and music performances in Europe of Rubinstein and Brahms.
In 1887 Röntgen-Maier became ill with tuberculosis. During her illness, the couple stayed in Davos, her final major composition was the piano quartet in E minor on a trip to Norway in 1891. She died in 1894 in the Netherlands; the Swedish record label dB Productions has released two of three albums in a series of Amanda Maier's complete works. Excerpts can be found on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpFat6x5jfkvSkkWEOaEaaw Selected works include: Sonata in B Minor for Violin and Piano Six Pieces for Piano and Violin Dialogues: Small Piano Pieces Amanda Maier - Violin Concerto in D minor 1876 on YouTube. Free scores by Amanda Maier at the International Music Score Library Project Amanda Maier, Sonata in B Minor, I. Allegro - Gregory Maytan, Nicole Lee Amanda Maier, Sonata in B Minor, II. Andantino - Gregory Maytan, Nicole Lee Amanda Maier, Sonata in B Minor, III. Allegro molto vivace - Gregory Maytan, Nicole Lee Amanda Maier, Six Pieces for Violin and Piano, Gregory Maytan, Nicole Lee I.
Allegro vivace II. Allegro con moto III. Lento - IV. Allegro Molto V. Tranquillamente VI. Allegro, ma non troppo
Anders Olof Lundegård is a Swedish classical saxophonist. Lundegård is best known for intense performance style. Anders Lundegård was born in Växjö, made his debut at seventeen as a soloist and broadcast performer during a youth artist festival in Stockholm, he earned his undergraduate degree as a student of Christer Johnsson at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, whereupon he received both a Fulbright and a Sweden – America Foundation award to continue his studies in the United States. Lundegård completed his Master’s, Certificate of Performance and Doctoral degrees at Northwestern University, studying under the renowned saxophonist Frederick Hemke. During this time he received three awards, toured with the Swedish chamber orchestra Musica Vitæ, had several works dedicated to him, won the Northwestern Solo Concerto Competition, performing the subject of his dissertation: the Lars-Erik Larsson Saxophone Concerto. Lundegård has taught and toured extensively in Scandinavia and America, performing contemporary chamber, Baroque transcriptions and Classical concerti.
As a young musician, he claims to have been inspired by an anecdote from the saxophone’s early experimental stages in the 1850s. During an informal visit to the Belgian inventor, Adolph Sax’s, the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini proclaimed the sound of the new instrument as "the most tender and pleasing he had heard." Lundegård professed goal is to capture this "original sound," and he is known for his solo recitals on alto and soprano sax, which include Bach Cello Suites as well as Lundegård’s own compositions. Lundegård's recent performances incorporate transcriptions of classical standard repertoire composed for strings and clarinet, as well as newly commissioned works, his performances of Astor Piazolla and Johann Sebastian Bach have been well received, as well as his premieres of new works by various Belgian and American composers. He toured Sweden in 2006 and performed for the U. S. State Department and the French Embassy in 2007, among others; this article incorporates text from released under the GFDL license "Upon entering, Lundegård took his first bow, proceeded to fill the room with the most beautiful, richest sound produced by a saxophone that I have heard...
Indeed, the evening was a spectacular exhibition of talent and great music." Doug Funk, The Quad Background and Emergence of the Swedish Saxophone Concerto, Lars-Erik Larsson, Op.14 "Fabian Faccio, Argentine pianist, Anders Lundegård, Swedish classical saxophonist, presented a rousing and fiery all-Piazzolla tango performance, blending together seamlessly." The State Magazine, p. 22. " The work was performed in a stylistically accurate way with correct melodic shape and phrasing, à la Baroque. Anders managed to create something one calls “hidden counterpoint,” an old trick that involves the soloist handing his instrument in a specific way, manages to get the audience to perceive two separate melodies instead of one....." Ladis Miller, Smålandsposten, Sweden "To a sold out house at the Washington Musica Viva studio in Kensington, Carl Banner and Anders Lundegard presented three engaging premiere compositions..... Lundegard and Banner’s performance fit hand-in-glove." Karren L. Alenier, poet and president of The Word Works.
Classicalsaxophonist.com, the performer/composer's home page. International Directory of Concert Artist entry iwakami's Fantastic Classical Sax database North American Saxophone Alliance dissertation registry
Otto Olsson was a Swedish classical music composer. Otto Olsson was one of the most renowned organ virtuosos of his time, he studied organ with Lagergren and composition with Dente at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, joined the faculty there, where he taught harmony and organ. He was the organist at the Gustaf Vasa Church in Stockholm, he became a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in 1915. He used his strong background in counterpoint, combined with an affinity for French organ music, to develop his late Romantic style of composition, he had an interest in earlier music and used the plainchant techniques of Gregorian chant in his Gregorianska melodier. He explored polytonality in an advancement not found in other Swedish works of the time. In addition to many fine works for the organ and choral works, his best-known work is his setting of the Te Deum, a large piece for chorus, string orchestra and organ; as a teacher, he influenced many Swedish church musicians, he was important in the development of church music in Sweden, which had suffered a long period of decline, having served as a member of official committees that supervised the liturgy and hymnology.
He composed Psalm settings for congregational use and wrote two instructional books, on the art of choral singing and psalm singing. Advents och julsånger, for mixed choir and organ Advent Julsång Gammal julvisa Davids 121 psalm Nyårspsalm Guds Son är fødd Det brinner en stjärna i Österland Jungfru Marias lovsång Gregorianska melodier, Op. 30 Sex latinska hymner, for a cappella choir, Op. 40 Psalmus CXX Canticum Simeonis Psalmus CX Jesu dulcis memoria Ave Maris Stella Rex gloriose martyrum Three Latin Choruses Jesu corona celsior Auctor beate saeculi Aeterne Rex altissime Folksong arrangements and other works for male chorus Miniatyrer, Op. 5 Five Canons, Op. 18 Suite in G, Op. 20 Credo Symphoniacum Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale "Vi lofva dig, o store Gud", Op. 29 12 orgelstycken över koralmotiv, Op. 36 Organ Sonata in E major, Op. 38 Preludium and fugue in C-sharp minor, Op. 39 Variations on "Ave maris stella", Op. 42 5 Trios, Op. 44 Credo symphoniacum, Op. 50 Preludium and fugue in F-sharp minor, Op. 52 Preludium and fugue in D-sharp minor, Op. 56 Symphony in G minor, Op. 11 Requiem Te Deum, Op. 25 String Quartet, Op. 10 String Quartet No. 2 String Quartet No. 3 Astrand, Hans.
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Esbjörn Svensson Trio
Esbjörn Svensson Trio was a Swedish jazz piano trio formed in 1993 consisting of Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström. Its music has classical, rock and techno elements, it lists classical composer Béla Bartók and rock band Radiohead as influences. Its style involves the use of electronic effects and multitrack recording; the trio deliberately blurred genres, with Svensson's musical catholicism drawing upon a wide variety of artist influences. E.s.t. was renowned for its vibrant style in live performances playing in rock and roll oriented venues to young crowds. It achieved critical acclaim throughout Europe, its 1999 release From Gagarin's Point of View started its international breakthrough, being the first e.s.t. Album to be released outside of Scandinavia through the German label ACT Svensson died in a scuba diving accident in Stockholm on 14 June 2008, he is survived by two sons. The publication All About Jazz remarked that the loss "will deeply sadden music lovers everywhere."Since 2013 Magnus Öström and Dan Berglund are touring with the project e.s.t.
Symphony with Swedish arrangeur and conductor Hans Ek, performing symphonic versions of the e.s.t. Songs. In 1995 and 1996, Svensson was awarded Swedish Jazz Musician of the Year and 1998 Songwriter of the Year, the 1997 release Winter in Venice was awarded the Swedish Grammy. Strange Place For Snow, e.s.t.'s 2002 release earned numerous awards including the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the German Jazz Award, Choc de l'année, the Victoire du Jazz – the French Grammy – as best international act and the Revelation of the Festival award, a special award from Midem. In December 2004, e.s.t. was awarded the Hans Koller prize as European Artist of the Year. Studio albums When Everyone Has Gone EST Plays Monk Winter in Venice From Gagarin's Point of View Good Morning Susie Soho Strange Place for Snow Seven Days of Falling Viaticum Tuesday Wonderland Leucocyte 301 Live albums E. S. T. Live'95 Live in Stockholm DVD, recorded December 10, 2000 – including videos and an interview Live in Berlin Live in Hamburg E.
S. T. Live in London, recorded 2005Compilation albumsSomewhere Else Before Retrospective - The Very Best of E. S. T. Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia, 2011 The trio collaborated with several artists, including Pat Metheny and a The Vinyl Trilogy album with countryman Nicolai Dunger. "Esbjorn Svensson: What Jazz Is, Not Was", All About Jazz, 2004-11-29. "EST's Nordic Jazz: Cool But Smoldering at the Dakota", Jazz Police, 2006-06-23, archived from the original on 2006-10-19. "Remembering Esbjorn Svensson", All About Jazz, 2008-06-17. "Esbjörn Svensson", Telegraph, 2008-06-17. Obituary. Official website
Bo Staffan Scheja is a Swedish pianist and professor. Scheja started studying piano at the age of nine and made his concert debut at the age of 14 with the Sveriges Radios symfoniorkester, he performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1964–1969 and 1969–1972 at the Juilliard School in New York with pianists Rosina Lhévinne, Ilona Kabos and Ania Dorfmann. In 1975, he was the awardee at the international Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano. For a number of years he lived in the US and performed in concerts at Carnegie Hall and at several head of state visits by Swedish dignitaries to the US, he is a professor of piano and prorector at the Royal College of Music since 1997 and has held a chair at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2001. He founded and was artistic director for the Gotland Chamber Music Festival, held annually at Gotland since the 1980s, he is the director of the Gotland Baltic Music Academy.
In 2010 Scheja performed at the Pianomusik på Konstakademien, a special session at the Konstakademien in Stockholm. In 1995, he was awarded the Litteris et Artibus, he has received several Swedish Grammis awards. In 2008, he was a participant in the Sveriges Television 2009 series Stjärnorna på slottet along with four other Swedish celebrities. In the series he had a well-publicized feud with comedian Jonas Gardell when Scheja tried to teach Gardell how to play the violin. In August 2010, he was presenter of an episode of the Sveriges Radio series Sommar i P1. Staffan Scheja is the father of Swedish DJ Rebecca Scheja. Official website
The Real Group
The Real Group is an a cappella group from Sweden. Members are Emma Nilsdotter, Lisa Östergren, Anders Edenroth, Morten Vinther Sørensen, Jānis Strazdiņš; the group's members arrange most of their songs. They cite American vocalist Bobby McFerrin as an inspiration; the Real Group has performed more than 2000 concerts worldwide. In 2002 The Real Group performed at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Seoul, South Korea to an audience of 60,000. On 22 December 1993, to commemorate the fiftieth birthday of Queen Silvia of Sweden, The Real Group backed up former ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad in a performance of the ABBA hit "Dancing Queen", using an a cappella arrangement, released on the album Varför får man inte bara vara som man är; the Real Group was formed in 1984 when its members were students at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. All of them attended Adolf Fredrik's Music School. Margareta Bengtson was the soprano in the group at its inception, but she left to work on solo albums in 2006.
Johanna Nyström filled her spot for some time until Emma Nilsdotter replaced her in 2008 and had her first appearance with the group in Kremlin Palace. Johanna Nyström filled in for both Margareta Bengtson and Katarina Henryson when they were on maternity leave or otherwise away. Morten Vinther Sørensen joined the group in 2010 to replace Peder Karlsson, who shifted his focus to develop The Real Academy. In 2015 Jānis Strazdiņš joined the group as the bass after Anders Jalkéus retired due to health reasons. On 19 January 2016 the Real Group announced. Margareta Bengtson: F3-G5 Johanna Nyström Peder Karlsson: E2-C5 Anders Jalkéus Katarina Henryson: D3-C5 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards: 1995: Best Contemporary Cover: "Dancing Queen" from Varför får man inte bara vara som man är 1995: Best Jazz Song: "Flight of the Foo-Birds" from Varför får man inte bara vara som man är 1996: Best Female Vocalist: Margareta Bengtson 1997: Live Album of the Year: Live in Stockholm 1997: Best Original Pop Song: "Jag Vill Va Med Dig" 1997: Best Jazz Song: "Waltz for Debby" 1997: Best Female Vocalist: Margareta Bengtson 1998: Best Holiday Album: En riktig jul 2003: Best Classical Album: Stämning 2003: Runner Up for Best Classical Song: "En vänlig grönskas rika dräkt" from Stämning 2004: Best Holiday Album: Julen er her 2004: Best Holiday Song: "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" from Julen er her Other awards: 2002 Karamelodiktstipendiet, an annual award given to a Swedish entertainer by Povel Ramel.