Massimo Quarta

The American Record Guide has described Massimo Quarta as ”the embodiment of elegance” and according to Diapason “the brio and the sensuality of his playing, the purity of his sonority and the elegance of a diction deprived of emphasis, give to his view a tenderness and a refinement rarely heard.”

Massimo Quarta sets standards in his recording for Dynamic rediscovering the original version of both better known Paganini’s works as the 6 Violin Concertos played with the “Cannone” Guarneri del Gesú, the violin owned by the great Genovese virtuoso, as well as works for violin and piano ( I Palpiti, Napoléon, Weigl Variations, Le Streghe ).

His recording of Paganini 24 Caprices has been released by Chandos.

His revolutionary approach to the virtuosistic Italian music have won over audiences and have been widely acclaimed in the international press ( CHOC Award 2004 of “Le monde de la Musique”) gaining him an honoured place alongside the most distinguished artists (The Strad).

Massimo Quarta began to study violin at age of eleven at the “T. Schipa” Conservatory in Lecce, then followed his studies and graduated at the “S. Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome with Beatrice Antonioni. He subsequently studied with Salvatore Accardo, Ruggiero Ricci, Pavel Vernikov and Abram Shtern.

After winning the most important national competition, (Opera Prima “Philips”, Concorso di Vittorio Veneto), Massimo Quarta came to international attention in 1991 when he won the first prize at the prestigious ”Nicoló Paganini International Violin Competition” in Genoa.

As a result of the extraordinary success achieved from this prize, he started an international career which has taken him to major concert halls in Berlin ( Konzerthaus, Philharmonie), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Paris (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre du Châtelet), Munich (Philharmonie am Gasteig), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Duesseldorf (Tonhalle), Tokyo (Metropolitan Art Space, Bunka Kaikan), Warsaw (Warsaw Philharmonic), Moscow (Great Hall of the Conservatory), Milan (Teatro alla Scala), Rome (Accademia di Santa Cecilia), performing with such conductors as Temirkanov, Miun Wun Chung, Thielemann, Ceccato, Harding, Gatti, Yurowsky, Karbtvcevsky, Oren, Ono.

Firmly established soon as one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation, he has been the guest of renowned festivals notably those in Stresa, Sarasota, Kuhmo, Spoleto, Bratislava, Kfar-Blum, Bodensee, Ljubjana, Ravenna, Città di Castello, Lyon, Naples, Sapporo, Potsdam, Berliner Festwochen and Gidon Kremer’s Kammermusikfest in Lockenhaus.

In recent years, along with his intense career as a soloist, Massimo Quarta has been acclaimed as one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting young conductors, appearing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherland Symphony, the Berliner Synfoniker, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana OSI, the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (Denmark), the Orcquesta Filarmonica de Malaga, the Orchestra of Teatro Carlo felice in Genova, the Sudwest Deutsche Kammerorchester , “I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano” Orchestra, the Orchestra of Padova, the Fondazione “A. Toscanini” Orchestra, the “Haydn” Orchestra of Bolzano, the “Accademia di S. Cecilia” Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra.

He has been music director of the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese Orchestra and the Fondazione I.C.O. “Tito Schipa” Orchestra in Lecce.

In February 2007 Massimo Quarta had his début at Musikverein with Philharmonia Wien and in October 2008 at Concertgebouw with the Netherland Symphony.

He has recorded as conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra the Mozart Concertos for two and three pianos and Mozart Piano Rondos and as soloist and conductor with the Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano,  the Concerto n° 4 & 5 by H. Vieuxtemps for Dynamic.

Massimo Quarta has been awarded of the International Prize ”Foyer Des Artistes”, of the ”Gino Tani International Prize for Arts and Spectacles” and has also recorded for Philips and the ”Four Seasons” by A. Vivaldi with the Moskow Chamber Orchestra for Delos.

Massimo Quarta is president of ESTA Italia and is Professor at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Musikhochschule) in Lugano.

He plays a violin by G. B. Guadagnini from 1765.

Christian Svarfvar

Violinisten Christian Svarfvar föddes 1982 i en musikerfamilj. Han började spela violin när han var 5 år, vilket blev början till en solistkarriär.

Christian Svarfvar debuterade som 12-åring tillsammans med Svenska Kammarorkestern, en orkester han sedan dess haft täta samarbeten med.

Christian Svarfvar är utbildad vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm för prof. Henrik Kowalski och Per Enoksson. Efter avslutad musikerutbildning vann han 19 år gammal Ljungrenska tävlingen i Göteborg. Han studerade sedan ytterligare 2 år vid KMH och avslutade sin solistdiplomutbildning med ett bejublat framförande av Carl Nielsen violinkonsert tillsammans med Kungliga Filharmonikerna. Han fortsatte sedan sina studier för prof. Robert Mann vid anrika Juilliard School, New York. År 2005 examinerades Christian från The Juilliard School med vitsorden ”Highest Honor”.

Under 2008 blev Christian Svarfvar utsedd till Rising Star av Stockholm Konserthus och European Concert Hall Organisation. Det innebar en mängd recitals i många av världens mest betydelsefulla konserthus, t ex Musikverien, Cité de la Musique, Palais des Beaux Arts, Concertgebouw och Carnegie Hall m.fl.

Christian har spelat in ett antal skivor, bl.a. för Sterling records och BIS records. Han blev i synnerhet prisad för sin inspelning av Griegs samlade violinsonater. The Strad Magazine kallade inspelningen för ”An outstanding Release” och blev utvald till månadens rekommendation. Financial Times, Andrew Clarke gav skivan högsta betyg och skrev, ”This violinist has done us and Grieg a big favour, and we must hear more from him. “It´s pure pleasure, buoyed by Svarfvar´s fearless expression, rock-solid technique and stylistic acumen, he captured it to perfection”.

Under 2015 förväntas ytterligare två releaser med Svarfvar på BIS, varav en kommer att ske tillsammans med duo-partnern, Roland Pöntinen.

Christians spel präglas av stor passion och nobel känslighet med en mycket sensibel och vacker ton.

Han spelar gärna och ofta den klassiska repertoaren som Beethoven, Brahms, Tjajkovskij och Mendelssohn, men även senare mästare som Debussy, Ravel och Fauré.

Christian är också exceptionellt väl förtrogen med samtida musik och har uruppfört en mängd musik, såväl svenska som internationella tonsättare. Han uruppförde t ex Howard Shores violinkonsert tillsammans med Kungliga Filharmonikerna. Howard Shore är känd för de flesta som filmkompositör och har bland annat komponerat musiken till Sagan om ringen filmerna. Andra samarbeten inkluderar Steve Reich och polarprisvinnaren Kaija Saariaho.

Vid sidan av arbetet som solist är Christian Svarfvar en hängiven kammarmusiker, och gör bland annat duorecitaler med pianisten Roland Pöntinen.

Christian har etablerat sig som en av de mest spännande Skandinaviska musikprofilerna och har framträtt med musikkollegor som Martin Fröst, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Frans Helmersson, Tabea Zimmerman med flera.

 

Christian Svarfvar har framträtt med nästan alla Svenska symfoni och kammarorkestrar.

2014/15 inkluderar framträdande med t ex Kungliga Filharmonikerna, Norrköping Symfoniorkester, Helsingborg Symfoniorkester, Jönköping Sinfonietta, Svenska Kammarorkestern, Västerås Sinfonietta, Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Bursa Philharmonic. Därtill en mängd recitaler över hela världen med pianisterna Roland Pöntinen, Helge Kjekshus, Peter Jablonski och Per Tengstrand.

Christian kommer under sommaren 2015 också att medverka vid Gotland Chamber Music Festival, Blidö Festival, Barbara Hendricks samt Stavanger Music Festival där han kommer ge masterclasses och konserter tillsammans med b l.a. Mischa Maisky och Martin Fröst.

 

Per Nyström

Per Nyström is a Swedish cellist, co-founder & artistic advisor of Aurora Chamber Music. ACM has in ten years become one of the world’s biggest platforms for classical festivals & master classes, attracting the most sought- after classical artists and professors. ACM is an active influence in the international chamber music life by its extensive production of concerts, festivals, network building, and master classes for young artists from all over the world.

Mr. Nystrom is also co-founder of The Yggdrasil String Quartet, 1990 – 2001, Sweden’s most internationally acclaimed and successful string quartet. The Yggdrasil Quartet emerged as one of the most exciting new string quartets in the 1990s and became a champion of new quartet music in Europe. After intense studying with György Kurtág and Norbert Brainin the quartet were prizewinners in the major string quartet competitions in London and Melbourne. With several award winning recordings the Yggdrasil Quartet made international career with about 100 concerts a year worldwide, playing string quartet on a full-time basis with a repertoire embracing some 250 works. Their first recording was a set of string quartets by Icelandic composer Jon Leifs, which went on to win the Cannes MIDEM Award for the best chamber music disc of 1996. They recorded the complete quartets of their countryman Franz Berwald. This release was nominated for a Gramophone Award. 1995-2000 Yggdrasil Quartet was Quartet in Residence at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where the members are Honorary Fellows for life.

Mr. Nystrom is principal cellist of Camerata Nordica, one of Europe’s foremost chamber orchestras.With Camerata Nordica Mr. Nystrom has toured all over the world and made numerous recordings and appearances as a leader and soloist.

Mr. Nystrom is also engaged as principal cellist in several Nordic chamber – and symphony orchestras, and frequently invited as a guest at international chambermusic festivals.

Mr. Nystrom is born 1968 and lives today in Stockholm. After several years of study with Guido Vecchi in Gothenburg Mr. Nystrom studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm for Ola Karlsson and Torleif Thedéen. Mr. Nystrom also studied with William Pleeth in London.

Mr. Nystrom is playing on a Giuseppe & Antonio Gagliano of Naples from 1796 on which he recently started to record all the Bach suites for solo cello. Per lifts 200 kg in the dead-lift, and was 2013 awarded by Swedish King the medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’ for his achievements as cellist.

Ola Larsson

General Manager of Aurora Chamber Music

Ola Larsson is co-founder & General Manager of Aurora Chamber Music.

Mr. Larsson runs ACM together with Artistic Director Per Nyström.

ACM has in ten years become one of the world’s biggest platforms for classical festivals and master classes, attracting the most sought- after classical artists and professors.

ACM is an active influence in the international chamber music life by its extensive production of concerts, festivals, network building, and master classes for young artists from all over the world.

Thousands of young artists from 5 continents, master-students and artists in the early stage of their careers, have performed and received master classes at Aurora since the start in 2006.

Ola Larsson grew up in a musical family and studied classical guitar at the Academy of Music in Odense / Denmark. As a musician, Ola has given concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and been teaching classical guitar but for now Ola has paused this career to make way for the work on the construction of the Aurora Chamber Music.

In 2012 Ola was Deputy Head of the classical music department at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. But even this has been paused then the Aurora requires more time.

Ola has also had another parallel career, as a sales manager in various companies in the private sector. He has also been active as a project manager in other musical and cultural projects and organizations.

Ola lives in Stockholm with his wife Wendy Mercier and son Edvin