In 1984 she became a member of the vocal ensemble The Real Group. The Real Group have been touring around the world as a fulltime job since 1989 with great success. They have released many cd.s in different countries, they have got many awards for their work, and have been collaborating with such different artists as for example Barbara Hendricks, Sir George Martin, swedish pianist Esbjörn Svensson and choire Prof. Eric Ericson.
Margareta has also worked as a freelance harpist and singer, often together with her brother, Jan Bengtson , who is alt. Principal flutist at the Royal Philharmonic orhestra in Stockholm. She has made many guest appearances on CDs with other artists. For several years she has enjoyed a close collaboration with the swedish composer and jazzpianist Nils Lindberg. 2008 he made a cd called ”As we are” featuring Margareta with music written only by him.
He collaborates with composers from all over Europe and is actively influencing the development of this young instrument’s use and repertoire. And through a parallel fascination with early music, he explores how the accordion can add new colours to the keyboard repertoire of the 17th and 18th century.
Barbara spent two years as principal viola player with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra before relinquishing this post in favour of her work as a soloist and as a chamber recitalist. Since October 2015 she has been teaching at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf. Barbara Buntrock plays on a viola made by Antonio Mariani in Pesaro around 1650.
She was discovered and mentored by Anne-Sophie Mutter at age 16 and she has toured the world with orchestras such as the NY Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Alan Gilbert and Michael Tilson Thomas. Ms Choi has made several recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and plays a violin from J.B. Guadagnini, Parma c. 1765.
In 1997, Denise created and became Director of the Summer Lab Intensive, an organisation that welcomes a broad range of established and emerging artists from all over the world. She continues to teach, provide master classes, and lecture across Canada and abroad. She was recognised for her pedagogy with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Calgary.
Bengt Forsberg made his name as a soloist, sometimes in music that was both difficult and unfamiliar: he performed Nikolai Medtner's Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 50, with the Stockholm Philharmonic in 1999, and his solo repertory includes works of such composers as Charles Alkan and Kaikhosru Sorabji as well as standard French works. Forsberg has recorded several works by Saint-Saëns for the Hyperion label, and he has also issued recordings of music by Charles Koechlin, Léon Boëllmann, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, among others. He is perhaps best known, however, not for virtuoso solo work but for his performances and recordings as an accompanist, where he plays a background, although certainly critical, role.
Foremost among his collaborations has been that with von Otter; their recording association began in 1989 with an album of songs by Jan Sibelius and has continued prolifically under the aegis of Sweden's BIS label, touching not only on Scandinavian repertory but on such novelties as songs by French composer Cécile Chaminade. Among their most acclaimed recordings was a recital of songs composed in the Terezin concentration camp during World War II. In 2018, von Otter and Forsberg released the multinational recital A Simple Song on BIS. Forsberg has also joined instrumentalists in duets and trios, recording music by the little-known Swedish composer Amanda Maier with violinist Cecilia Zilliacus and viola-and-piano music by York Bowen with British violist James Boyd.
Peter Friis Johansson
In addition to his soloist career, Peter is a passionate chamber musician and regularly performs with cellists Andreas Brantelid and Jakob Koranyi, and his duo partner Emil Jonason. Peter studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Anders Kilström and Mats Widlund. He continued his musical education under his mentor Konstantin Bogino.
In 2016, he founded the Ytterjärna Piano Academy, which, in 2017 in collaboration with Koranyi, became the Järna Festival Academy. In addition to his performances and projects, Peter teaches at the Academy of Music in Västerås, and gives masterclasses at conservatoires in Sweden and abroad.
Gotlibovich teaches at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, in Lugano and he is currently Professor of Viola at the Superior Conservatory of Liceu in Barcelona. His debut recording for NAXOS featuring the viola music of Ramon Paus, has received worldwide recognition and was ranked 6th in worldwide sales chart of NAXOS for December 2016.
Since 2008, Karin has collaborated with Stockholm’s Royal Opera, producing and giving performances created for children and adolescents; and has worked as a piano teacher Ågesta Folkhøjskola. She is in high demand as an accompanist, frequently performing with the Swedish vocal elite.
Karin studied at Edsbergs Musikinstitut with Staffan Scheja and Roland Pöntinen, earning a diploma in chamber music and subsequent Bachelor’s degree. She also studied at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy.
In 2005 Tim was chosen as the scholar of the Klavier Festival Ruhr at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel. Tim has a duo partnership with cellist Adrian Brendel with whom he has given tours of Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, including concerts at the Wigmore Hall, London. With Robin Ireland he released a CD of Shostakovich and Prokofiev viola music in 2010 and a CD of the Brahms Viola Sonatas with Henninge Landaas was released this year as the first instalment of an ongoing project to record the complete Brahms string and piano music for the Lawo label.
Per 'Texas' Johansson
He was nominated Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organization in 2009, and was invited to Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Hamburg Laieszhalle, Barcelona L’Auditori, Cité de la Musique in Paris and several other prestigious scenes throughout Europe. In 2012 he became known to the world when he performed again as a soloist at the Nobel Prize Ceremony with the RSPO, and in 2013 he made his US debut when invited by Marin Alsop to play at the legendary Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Later the same year he premiered Christian Lindberg’s clarinet concerto ‘The Erratic Dreams of Mr Grönstedt’ with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and a new era of clarinet music was born.
In 2016 his first solo album at BIS Records was released, on which he performs “The Erratic Dreams of Mr Grönstedt” and Osvaldo Golijov’s “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind”. Together with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra with conductor Christian Lindberg, and the Vamlingbo String Quartet. Emil recently toured Sweden with the clarinet concerto: At The Hills of Hampstead Heath, written by Swedish composer Emmy Lindström.
1994-1998 Anders was a member of the Quartet 'Pärlor för Svin'. Since the start in 1996 he is a member and one of the driving forces in Gageego! Gothenburg's ensemble for contemporary music. He frequently performs chamber music and collaborates regularly with percussionist Daniel Norberg and with guitarist Mats Bergström.
Anders Jonhäll teaches flute at the University of Music in Gothenburg. Among his recordings are critically acclaimed Flauto con Forza with music by Per Mårtensson, André Chini and Arne Mellnäs (Phono Suecia) and two flute concerts by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (Chandos).
As a musical artist, she has played parts in several productions, such as Mozart’s wife in the musical “Mozart”, and in recent years she has been hosting “Barnens Allsång på Skansen”. Ayla often collaborates with the Swedish symphony orchestras and is frequently engaged as singer and presenter at several of Sweden’s largest concert halls. She enjoys a long-term collaboration with concert pianist Markus Kvint.
As a soloist, Suyoen Kim has performed with internationally acclaimed conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur and Myung-Whun Chung together with orchestras like Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Hermitage Theatre Orchestra St. Petersburg, Copenhagen Philharmonie, Baden-Badener Philharmonie, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonie de Strasbourg and Seoul Symphony Orchestra. Suyoen Kim is a recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon and has recently joined the world renowned Artemis Quartet.
Suyoen plays the Stradivarius ``Lord Newlands`` from 1702, which is kindly sponsored by the Nippon Music Foundation.
The forthcoming season sees Koranyi perform the premiere of Julia Wolfe’s new concerto at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Symphony of Norrlands Operan and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Shostakovich 1 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. He returns to the Gavle Symphony Orchestra with Walton’s Cello Concerto and Wermland Opera with Schnelzer’s ‘Crazy Diamond’. In addition, Koranyi continues his residency with the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center with a US tour and features in festivals worldwide, including the Holstebro International Music Festival in Denmark and the Illumina Festival in Brazil.
Markus has toured the USA, Canada and Sweden as accompanist to the 2015 Jenny Lind scholar, soprano Sara Swietlicki. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed at festivals in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Austria. He has participated in a number of opera projects and is part of the production group for Opera Warberg.
During his studies Markus has received several scholarships, including from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Anders Sandrew's Foundation. On two occasions he has received the Sixten Gemzéus large scholarship for his studies at DKDM. With financial support from the Ideella Stiftelsen, he develops his solo programs with Konstantin Bogino in Bergamo, Italy.
Asuka has won both the first and second prices at the prestigious piano conquest JP Fresh in Tokyo which also meant a concert at Stockholm Concert Hall in 1997. She has performed in Manchester, Oxford and Budapest. Further, she has had a solo evening with the Beethoven Society in London and been a soloist with the Krakow Symphony Orchestra in Poland.
In 2013, Swedish Radio P2 made the documentary Mozart has never been in Japan, a portrait of Asuka, her trip from Japan and her life as a pianist in Sweden today.
In 2002 Zvi performed the world premiere of Bardanashvilli’s Dialogues for Cello and Orchestra with the Israel Symphony Orchestra. Zvi Plesser is currently on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He is frequently invited to give master classes and to coach in music centers in Europe and the USA.
In 1995, Kati Raitinen was appointed alternating solo cellist of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera in Stockholm and during the 1998/1999 season, she was engaged as 1st solo cellist at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. After having been employed as solo cellist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, she held the same position in the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, whereafter she returned to her former position with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera in Stockholm.
As a soloist, Kati Raitinen has appeared with a number of orchestras in Sweden and Finland, and she is also a keen chamber musician, e.g. in the Avanti! Ensemble and often performs in duos and piano trios. She is also a founding member of the highly acclaimed string trio ZPR.
As a sideman he contributes in a lot of exciting groups, from working bands as Martin Küchens Angles and norwegian-swedish I.P.A. with Magnus Broo/Atle Nymo/Håkon Mjåset Johansen/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, to projects with legends Georg Riedel, Per Texas Johansson and swedish indie wonder Emil Svanängen aka Loney Dear. Also: Cecilia Persson Quintet, Daniel Buner Formos Formo Tre&Metall and different projects with Trondheim Jazzorkester. Other groups where he contributed during the years are Eirik Hegdals Team Hegdal, Joakim Milders Takeaway, Lennart Åberg:s big and small orchestras, Nils Berg 5 (Jazz in Sweden Award 2007), Alberto Pinton Quintet, Yttling Jazz (with Bjorn Yttling from ``Peter, Bjorn and John``), Fredrik Nordström Quintet (Jazz in Sweden Award 2002), Klaus Holm Kollektif. He was the vibist of the swingtronica-duo Koop between 2001-2008, touring all over the world. He recieved the Swedish Radio Award 2002 as newcomer of the year for his album ``Ståhls blå``.
In 1993, Törnqvist made her debut with the album A Night Like This. Backing her was a big part of the Swedish jazz elite, including names like Esbjörn Svensson, Anders Widmark, and Per ``Texas`` Johansson, and the combination of jazz and pop proved very successful, not least commercially. Törnqvist's next album, Good Thing, was definitely pop, but also showed influences from slick soul and blues. In 1996, she released her first pure jazz album, Stockholm Kaza Session, together with saxophonist Per Texas Johansson and two years later, Tremble My Heart, which was a return to the mix of pop and jazz. The next year she was one of the members in the supergroup Gloria, formed by Lars Halapi, where Törnqvist sang together with singer/songwriter Sara Isaksson. The group released a self-titled album in 1999. In 2001, Törnqvist released a new solo album, this time produced by Halapi, who had also produced Gloria. Vad Jag Vill was her first album in Swedish and was also a step further away from the laid-back jazz-pop that had made her well-known.
Zilliacus career took off in 1997, when she won both the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s prestigious competition, the Soloist Prize, and the Nordic Soloist Biennial in Trondheim, Norway. She was also named Artist in Residence at Swedish national radio for the year 1997/1998. In the 2001/2002 season, she was Sweden’s representative in the international Rising Star project, a cooperative venture between some of the world’s leading concert houses.
Zilliacus has recorded a number of albums, several of which have won Swedish Grammies. Cecilia´s recording of Carl Nielsen's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as his solo works and sonatas (2015), has won great appraisal internationally. Also her cd with music by JS Bach, Svante Henryson and Sven-David Sandström (BIS Records 2016) was very warmly welcomed by international media and audience.
She is also a driving force in the prize-winning Swedish string trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen. Through the trio, Zilliacus plays an important part in bringing Nordic and European composers and musicians to Sweden as guests in the trio’s chamber music series at the Stockholm Concert House.
Zilliacus’ violin is a N. Gagliano provided by the Järnåker Foundation.