We are working on the line-up of exciting musicians for Late Summer Festival 2024.
Anne Mette Stæhr
Since Anne Mette Stæhr first appeared at LSF in 2014, she has further consolidated her reputation as one of the country’s leading chamber musicians – particularly 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 have received excellent reviews, including an internationally acclaimed recording of all Sofia Gubaidulina’s works for solo piano. Anne Mette is employed as an assistant professor at the Danish National Academy of Music in piano as a main subject, chamber music, and accompaniment.”
Spectacular German double bassist and leading expert in microtonal music. Starting as a violinist at the age of 5 and later taking up the double bass, it’s safe to say that Frank has many years of experience behind him. He has several solo CDs for double bass, but is equally at home with classical and early music. Member of the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and several years of duo collaboration with Helge Slaatto.
Jonathan is a prize-winner of competitions such as ARD Munich, Melbourne International Music Competition and Joseph Haydn Wettbewerb Wien. He performs regularly as a chamber musician in Denmark, Europe and the USA, and has performed as a soloist with BBC Scottish Sym.Orch and the DR Symphony Orchestra – and has also given a masterclass at the Lake District Festival in England and taught chamber music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Member of Ensemble MidtVest, Trio Ondine and Den Danske Klarinettrio.
Distinguished musician and renowned as an excellent interpreter of ancient Persian music on the traditional instruments tar and setar, graduating in Tehran. Majeed and his family have long been in opposition to the clerical regime in Iran, where he was born – today he is head of the Institute for West-Eastern Music in Berlin, where he has lived since fleeing Iran when conditions made it impossible to remain in his homeland.
Martin Qvist Hansen
Martin has been a member of Ensemble MidtVest since 2002 – and gave at the Late Summer Festival 2019 a memorable concert with the Danish Clarinet Trio. With Trio Ondine, he has also received countless national and international awards. Extensive concert activity in Europe and the USA, performing in the most important concert halls from the Konzerthaus Berlin to Carnegie Hall. He also teaches piano and chamber music at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium.
Michael Nielsen trained as a pianist at the conservatories in Cologne and Düseldorf. He has performed solo and ensemble concerts in several European countries and has appeared on several radio and CD recordings. He works with electronic music and sound installations and gives lectures on various topics of contemporary compositional music. Michael also has an active career as a visual artist and since 2010 has been the headmaster of the Kunsthøjskolen in Holbæk.
Nicolas Dautricourt is a renowned French violinist, born in 1977 in Épinal, France. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with Gérard Poulet and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, among others. He has won several international violin competitions and performs regularly as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre National de France and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Niclas is a sought-after chamber musician and has played with musicians such as pianists Itamar Golan and Frank Braley and cellist Gautier Capuçon.
Nina Malinowski is a renowned Danish author, known for her extensive body of work, which includes several novels, short stories and poetry collections. Her works portray the complexity of human emotions and everyday life in an intimate and intimate way with her clear and precise language. She made her debut in 1978 with the poetry collection ‘Jeg er gået ned ad en gang’, and her novel ‘Fars pige’ was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Nina has received several significant awards and honors, and her works are known for their poetic beauty and sensitive portrayal of human relationships.
Sanna Ripatti has been part of Ensemble MidtVest since the starting line-up in 2002. She studied viola in Saarbrücken, Germany, with Diemut Poppen, in Edsberg, Sweden, with Björn Sjögren, and in Lahti, Finland, with Arvo Haasma. She has taken her inspiration and knowledge of chamber music from e.g. Eduard Brunner, Ferenc Rados and Tim Frederiksen. Sanna has received various awards and nominations with Ensemble MidtVest and the Kroger Quartet – and in addition to playing viola, she is also passionate about conveying classical music to new audiences.
The trio Kv.Arken, founded in 2017 and named after the neighborhood in Malmö where the musicians live, consists of Annika Jessen, clarinet, Elina Nygren, viola and Anna Thorstensson, cello. The three Swedish musicians have previously played at Late Summer Festival – where they have managed to engage the audience by playing beyond the edge of the stage – and we are delighted to present them once again. Their playing is captivating Nordic klezmer music with nerve and focus, and the newly composed melodies have an intensity and drive.
The Swiss string quartet CasalKvartet was founded in 1996 and has played almost 2000 concerts since then. They have collaborated with a wide range of well-known musicians and have won several awards for their work, including three ECHO KLASSIK awards. The quartet plays music from a wide range of genres and has also been active in projects for young people. In 2021 they received a European Music Award for their outstanding concert programming, and in 2022/23 they are a supported ensemble under the German government program “NEUSTART KULTUR”.
Nightingale String Quartet
The Danish quartet is based in Copenhagen and consists of Gunvor Sihm and Josefine Dalsgaard, violins, Marie Louise Broholt Jensen, viola, and Louisa Schwab, cello. The quartet graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where Professor Tim Frederiksen has been a faithful mentor since the quartet’s formation in 2007. They have won numerous national and international chamber music competitions, and in 2014 the quartet was – as the first ensemble ever – awarded Gramophone’s ‘Young Artist of the Year Award’.
Anette & Helge Slaatto
Anette is a unique interpreter of contemporary music and has received excellent reviews in both the Danish and international press. Contributor to CDs such as ‘The Secret Melody’, ‘The Planets’ and Axel Borup Jørgensen’s ‘Viola Works’ – people also very successful with the recording of all Bach’s solo suites. Since 2014 artistic director of the Late Summer Festival and the Lindegaard concerts in Kgs. Lyngby together with Helge Slaatto.
In addition to her great commitment and invaluable experience from a life dedicated to classical music, Anette brings a unique and humble atmosphere with her when she as artistic director takes classical music to the West Coast at the Late Summer Festival in Hvide Sande.
Helge has been a professor at the Musikhøjskolen I Münster for 25 years – and now MGK Copenhagen. With concerts and masterclasses in Europe and the USA. Years of duo collaboration with double bassist Frank Reinecke – more than 50 works have been composed for the two of them (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Helge’s last CD ‘Nordic Songs and Romances’ with Anne Mette Stæhr was well-spoken with, among other things, 5 stars in Kristeligt Dagblad.
There is no doubt that Helge’s many years of working with musicians from all over the world has created a bond between both parties, which is clearly seen when they travel to Hvide Sande to be part of Helge and Annette’s mission – to bring classical music to unfamiliar settings – on the west coast of Jutland.
Come and experience the Late Summer Festival 2023, where music connects people and carries a message of peace and hope for the future.