Musicians at Late Summer Festival 2020

Ylva Larsdotter, violin

One of Sweden’s most exciting young talents who, despite her young age, has won a number of awards and made her impact both nationally and internationally. She has collaborated with leading Scandinavian musicians such as Torleif Thedéen, Pekka Kuusisto and Bengt Forsberg, and is a member of ‘Svenska Kammarsolister’. Ylva delivered one of the most spectacular concerts during Late Summer Festival 2018, where she impressed everyone with Swedish Folk Music.

Helge Slaatto, violin

For 25 years, professor at the Münster School of Music in Münster and now MGK Copenhagen – with concerts and masterclasses in several countries. Helge’s students have won prizes at important competitions such as the ‘Øresund Solist’, the Joachim competition in Hannover and the Queen Elisabeth competition in Brussels. He has several years of duo collaboration with double bassist Frank Reinecke – with more than 50 works that have been composed for their duo.

Anette Slaatto, viola

Unique storyteller of music and with excellent reviews in both Danish and international press. Contributing to CDs like The Secret Melody, The Planets and Axel Borup Jørgensen’s Viola Works – but also great success with the recording of all Bach’s solo suites. Since 2014 artistic director of the Late Summer Festival as well as ‘Lindegaard Koncerterne’ in Kgs. Lyngby with Helge Slaatto, with whom she has five children.

Bjarke Mogensen, accordion

This young musician has all the characteristics of a true soloist. Amazingly, he is connected to his
instrument which he masters to perfection. An endless list of awards -but more importantly is Bjarke’s musical originality and his ideas, which have led him to already have an impressive influence on the accordion’s importance on the concert stages. Visit his website here.

Carl-Oscar Østerlind, cello

Carl-Oscar is one of Denmark’s most versatile musicians. He has won a number of solo competitions, including 1st prize in the Danish String Competition. In 2016, he was selected to be part of the Statens Kunstfond’s 2-year career “Den Unge Elite”. In addition to his solo work, Carl-Oscar has been employed in leading Danish ensembles Ensemble Storstrøm, Esbjerg Ensemble and Ensemble MidtVest. He is a member of the Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen and Ensemble Mutatis and is a co-founder of the Sheridan Piano Trio and the Danish Quartet.

Frank Reinecke, double bass

Spectacular German double bassist and leading expert in microtonal music. With a start as a violinist
already as a 5-year-old, after which he later began to play double bass, you can definitely say that Frank has many years of experience. He has several solo CDs for double bass – but is also equally familiar with classical and old music. Member of Sinfonie Orchestra des Bayerischen Rundfunks and several years of duo cooperation with Helge Slaatto.

Anne Mette Stæhr, piano

Since Anne Mette Stæhr performed at LSF for the first time in 2014, she has further consolidated her reputation as one of the country’s leading chamber musicians – in particular in the context of vocal music. She is exceptionally versatile, working both as a soloist and chamber musician with the Danish symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. Her CD recordings received excellent reviews, including an internationally acclaimed recording of all Sofia Gubaidulina’s works for solo piano. The vocal music as well as the music of our time has always had a very special meaning for her, and several composers have dedicated her works to her. She is currently finishing the recording of Nordic songs and romances for violin and piano with Helge Slaatto.

Tanja Zapolski, piano

Tanja Zapolski has created a sensation in recent years – she is one of the most active Danish pianists ever, with an impressive number of solo and chamber music performances, often in the Danish piano duo with Rikko Solberg, as well as a number of CD recordings and, not to forget, her work as a permanent pianist in the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.
The audience can look forward to see this exciting musical personality at the concert on August 18 at Vestjysk Bank.

casalQuartett Zürich, violin · viola · cello

Consists of violinists Felix Froschhammer and Rachel Späth, bratschist Markus Fleck and cellist Andreas Fleck. One of the absolute leading string quartets in Switzerland with over 1,700 concerts worldwide, and winner of several awards – including the ECHO CLASSIK award. The quartet has played concerts at the highest level with Martha Argerich, Sol Gabetta, Nicolaj Znaider and others – they are now returning to Hvide Sande after a series of fantastic concerts during the 2018 festival. Visit their website here.

Kv.Arken, clarinet · viola · cello

The trio Kv.Arken, which was founded in 2017, has been named after the neighborhood in Malmö where the musicians live. The trio consists of Annika Jessen, clarinet, Elina Nygren, viola and Anna Thorstensson, cello. The three Swedish musicians visited Late Summer Festival last year – where they included audiences in their concerts by playing over the edge of the stage. Their play is engaging Nordic klezmer music with nerve and focus, and the newly composed tunes have intensity and drive. Visit their website here.

Jonathan Slaatto, cello

The outstanding chamber musician, Jonathan Slaatto, won the Trio Ondine top awards at major competitions such as the ARD in Munich, the Melbourne International Music Competition, the Joseph Haydn Wettbewerb, Vienna, and the London Parkhouse Award. In addition to an extensive classical CD production – above all with Ensemble MidtVest, Jonathan Slaatto has recorded an improvisation CD with the significant Danish jazz pianist Carsten Dahl, which was released on vinyl and received excellent reviews.

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, piano

The Norwegian pianist has an international career that spans a total of five decades. Already as a 31-year-old he was a professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hannover – making him the youngest professor in Germany in 1975. Einar has played concerts and held masterclasses in a wide range of countries. He has released more than 50 LP- and CD recordings, received numerous awards and honors, and is a Knight of St. Olav, first class.

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