Järna Festival Academy had its premiere in the summer of 2017. The first year focused primarily on the students and academy with fourteen admitted students. Järna Festival Academy 2017 hosted five resident musicians and six public concerts were arranged. The festival took place on July 2-8.
Click HERE to download the 2017 festival brochure. (Only available in Swedish)
The 2018 festival consisted of 14 concerts, including an opera, concerts’ for children, a baroque concert during sunset inside the Skyspace piece of art, chamber music concerts, and much more. Twenty-three students were admitted to the masterclasses and fourteen artists and musicians worked together during the intense week.
Järna Festival Academy 2019 has taken another big leap in size and ambitions and this edition will consist of 10 full festival days with 32 public performances and 24 masterclasses.
At Järna Festival Academy, we aim to create a healthy environment for cultural exchange on the highest international level. We also want to be a part of the positive and progressive forces that work to make our society a better place for everyone. Therefore we have a couple guidelines that we follow:
Every decision taken regarding the JFA are considered with its environmental impact in mind. This means that we try to minimise the environmental footprint caused by our activities as much as possible and always climate compensate for the pollution that we have caused. We work with the world leading organisation Atmosfair to ensure that we do all we can in this regard.
Järna Festival Academy has a clear policy regarding gender equality and the gender balance of the festival artists will never exceed a 40/60 division during any one year. The same principals are in place for the JFA board and the Friends Association.
We are actively looking for opportunities and ways to collaborate with organisations working to help the less fortunate. We want JFA to benefit as many people as possible so please let us know if you have any ideas on how we can do better.
JAKOB KORANYI & PETER FRIIS JOHANSSON
FOUNDERS AND ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Cellist Jakob Korany and pianist Peter Friis Johansson have been friends since their early student days. Beyond their friendship, the two share a close musical connection and are frequent collaborators from recording their debut album together to numerous concerts and projects around their native Sweden.
For both Jakob and Peter, Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna has been a place of inspiration and musical possibilities. After years of developing their professional careers independently, the pair decided to once again join forces and founded the Järna Festival Academy in 2017.
The Järna Festival Academy is a multi-faceted cultural, educational and community space. It presents a series of events to a broad spectrum of people (many free of cost), tuition-free musical education and hosts an innovative and high-calibre chamber music festival. JFA works closely with El Sistema Södertälje and numerous local companies that align with the organisation’s ethos to make a meaningful contribution to society and the world of classical music.
Pauline Claise is the Academy administrator and Hostess for Järna Festival Academy. With a French father and a Swedish mother, and having resided in Spain for five years, Pauline is comfortable in speaking many languages. Pauline graduated from high school in 2015 where she studied natural science before participating in The International Youth Initiative Program in Järna, where she learned about social entrepreneurship. Pauline has since started a bachelor’s in sustainability and economics at Stockholm University.
Pauline, who has also worked as both a teacher and a youth recreation leader, plays the piano and has always had an interest in music.
Pauline has worked at Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna as a hostess and stage worker since Spring 2017, where she met Peter Friis Johansson and Jakob Koranyi, and she assisted during the inaugural Järna Festival Academy.
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Performance artist and actor Rebecka has worked at The Royal Swedish Dramatic Theatre, Norrlandsoperan, Östgötateatern and The Modern Museum and has since 2013 focused on creating her own artistic projects in a variety of disciplines.
She is the founder, CEO and artistic director of the artistic audiowalk app, Tempus Fugit (Stockholm Innovation Scholarship 2014), for which she has also written and co-produced over 30 unique and site-specific sound experiences worldwide. As a performing arts producer and social media manager she has held freelance jobs for Dalhalla Opera and Operabyrån.
In 2018 Rebecka opened her own art gallery at Kungsholmen in Stockholm, focusing on photo and video art. In August 2018, her new monologue / performance / sound installation The Swan Woman / Svankvinnan will also open at the Gothenburg Fringe Festival, and later Stockholm Fringe Festival.
Claes Rydberg has studied marketing, doublebass and political science. He began his carreer in symphony orchestras followed by several positions in public cultural and organizational administration. During his time at Östgota wind Symphony he developed a subscription sales method which led to the most succesful subscription sale ever in Europe for an orchestra of this genre.
His method has been crucial for the subscription sales of several concert halls, orchestras, theatres and modern dance institutions such as The Gothenborg Symphony, The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway), The Netherlands Symphony (Enschede, Netherlands), Residentie Orchestra Den Haag (Netherlands), Västerås Sinfonietta (Sweden), Kulturens hus i Luleå (Sweden) and DanceNet Jönköping (Sweden).
Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman is known for her passionate performances, interesting programs and communicative qualities on stage. In addition to being a regular soloist in her native the Netherlands, she performs with many of the world’s leading orchestras.
An avid chamber musician, Liza frequently collaborates with artists including Jonathan Biss, Nobuko Imai, Elisabeth Leonskaja and her duo partners Enrico Pace and Inon Barnatan. Liza studied with Herman Krebbers at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and David Takeno in London. Amongst her honours is the esteemed Dutch Music Award.
Liza is the current artistic director of the acclaimed Delft Chamber Music Festival, a position she has held since 2007. Her most recent recording features solo works by Bach, Biber, Bartók and Berio on Challenge Classics.