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Sara Wilén, soprano

I have a Master in Music from Malmö Academy of Music (Lund University). Since November 2009 I am employed as a PhD student in Music. I work with opera improvisation, where classically trained singers and musicians (mostly pianists) create music, action and words together inspired by different idioms and styles of Western opera and classical music. All improvisations are created in the moment, not to be repeated, and the performances are created in dialogue with the audience. In the work we use different musical and performative techniques and strategies, inspired by opera, theater, movement, poetry, dramaturgy, dance and improvised theater. To me as a classical singer, opera improvisation is an inspiring and creative genre, where the dialogues on different levels between the improvisers create the music, as we interact. I see opera improvisation as a way for  classically trained singers and musicians to use their musical and performative knowledge from their work with repertoire, while creating music and action through interaction on different levels.
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Mona Julsrud, soprano

The Norwegian soprano, Mona Julsrud, studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and the Royal College of Music in London.
Mona Julsrud is a renowned concert soloist, who works regularly with all major Norwegian orchestras. Aside from her frequent engagements in Norway, she regularly works with conductors such as Sir David Willcocks, Andrew Parrot, Phillip Herreweghe, and, most frequently, Frans Brüggen. After the first collaboration with Frans Brüggen 1993, she has worked with him on numerous occasions in works such as Haydn's Die Schöpfung, L.v. Beethoven's incidental music Egmont, several Cantatas by J.S. Bach and his St. John Passion (BWV 245). In March 1998 she toured Japan with Mr. Frans Brüggen and his Orchestra of the 18th Century, and in April of 2000 they toured Italy, on both occasions with Mozart's Requiem.
Mona Julsrud has performed at most of the major Norwegian festivals as well as many European and North American festivals. As a Lieder and concert singer she has appeared in Germany, USA, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Italy France, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Her many appearances in England include George Frideric Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir David Willcocks.
Future engagements (as of 2001) include J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bacherias-Brasilieras, Dvorak's Requiem, and concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stavanger Philharmonic Orchestra. Future assignments with Frans Brüggen include an extensive tour in the spring of 2002.
Mona Julsrud's many recordings include St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) for the record company Phillips, and a live recording of Mozart's Requiem from Japan, both with Frans Brüggen and his Orchestra of the 18th Century. For the record label BIS she has recorded Cantatas by the baroque composer Johann Christoph Pepusch, and a disc with music by the Swedish contemporary composer Torsten Nilsson.
Mona Julsrud
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Karin Johansson

I am currently involved in three projects, which all theoretically relate to CHAT and form starting points for theoretical and methodological exploration:
  • Choir in Focus, in co-operation between Malmö Academy of Music and the Department of Musicology, Lund. A qualitative study of high-ranking choral conductors' definitions of musical quality and artistic value.
  • Improvisation and Church Organ, forms part of a project funded by the Swedish Research Council. The study explores (i) relationships between liturgical traditions, musical expression and socio-historical structures in Catholic and Protestant contexts, and (ii) relationships between gender and musical creativity, such as gender-specific aesthetics and ways of knowledge.
  • Voices on Musical Learning, an interview study of ten one-to-one instrumental teachers' teaching methods and philosophy in words and music. The study aims at capturing and translating tacit dimensions of practice-based knowledge and experience through collaborative methods.
    Against the above background, my present research aims are:
  • in depth exploration of the theoretical and methodological merits of activity theory in connection with studies of musical creativity and learning in education and performance,
  • further development of the qualitative interview as a format for accessing discourses on and in music,
  • investigations of relationships between an extended text-concept and conceptions of scientific quality, validity and reliability,
  • evaluations of varying modes of analysing and presenting scientific findings that go beyond verbal text in accordance with a CHAT perspective.
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Matz Pettersen, Oboe / Norwegian Academy of Music

The Norwegian soprano, Mona Julsrud, studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and the Royal College of Music in London.
Matz studied in Oslo, Paris, Hannover and Berlin and has played Oboe and English horn for the Oslo Philharmonic since 1982. He was a member of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra between 1980 and 1992 and has taught oboe and chamber music at the Norwegian Academy of Music since 1985. He is Head of the Wind, Percussion and Harp department at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Matz Pettersen
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Arne Forsén

Arne Forsén är mest känd som en särpräglad jazz- och improvisationsmusiker, men har även många andra sidor och rör sig gärna i gränsland mellan olika genrer och uttrycksformer. Forsén har en klassisk skolning, gör djupdykningar i svensk folkmusik, arbetar gärna över konstarterna med dans, bildkonst och teater.
Några grupper eller projekt som Arne Forsén arbetar med är: jazzgrupperna BRUS TRIO och SUNE SPÅNGBERG TRIO, projekt SPÅR (live-måleri och improviserad musik), multikonst med bl a Lovisa Johansson (scenograf/performance), DA WIND CHI (Kerstin Lindgren och Benedictio Carling, dans/bildkonst/performance) m fl, folkmusik med sångerskan Hanne Kjersti Yndestad, gränsöverskridande projekt med Kristina Borgkrans (indisk dans) och Hans-Ola Stenlund (skådespelare) mm.
 Har turnerat inom Sverige och internationellt (Skandinavien, Frankrike, Belgien, Tyskland, Estland, Litauen, Ryssland, Tjeckoslovakien, Jugoslavien), Radio- och TV-produktioner. Arne arbetar på Danshögskolan som musiker och lärare i musik och undervisar på Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Stockholm) i piano och improvisation.
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Free Tallinn Trio / Anto Pett, Anne-Liis Poll

Anto Pett
Anto Pett graduated from Conservatoire of Tallinn (now renamed Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre) as a pianist and composer. Since1987 he has been teaching harmony and improvisation in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 1988 he discovered, that improvisation was to become his main means of artistic expression. Since 2002 A. Pett is a regular professor of improvisation in Est. Academy of Music and Theatre. During his twenty years of teaching A. Pett has developed an original improvisation teaching method, that works successfully in teaching process with all instruments and singers. Many of his students have been awarded prizes at the Leipzig Improvisation competition. A. Pett has presented his teaching method and made masterclasses in many Music Schools of Estonia and in several Music Academys and Conservatoire´s in abroad (Helsinki, Stockholm, Odense, Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille, Riga, Vilnius, Glasgow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Brigthon, Evanston etc.).

Anne-Liis Poll
Anne-Liis Poll is very well-known on Estonian music scene as a successful choir conductor(founder and conductor of chamber choir "Eesti Projekt") and a soprano soloist (Magnificat by Bach, Messiah and Israel in Egypt by Händel, Mass in Cminor by Mozart etc.) She has also performed solo cantatas by Telemann, Bach, Händel, Vivaldi etc. Since 2000 Anne-Liis has been mainly involved in vocal improvisation, among others she has performed with Anto Pett, Kent Carter, Sylvain Kassap, Francois Rosse, Etienne Rolin, Albrecht Maurer, Sten Sandell, Petras Vysniauskas, Wolf Kerschek, Mixel Etxekopar,Raymond MacDonald. Anne-Liis Poll is an associate professor at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
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Ulla Raiskio, mezzo-soprano / Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Ulla Raiskio, mezzo-soprano, is a senior lecturer at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, teaching voice, pedagogy and Lied. As an artist she now focuses on in modern Finnish opera and developing new practices in the concert tradition.
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Tapani Heikinheimo / Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Tapani Heikinheimo is a lecturer in violoncello and pedagogy at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
Tapani Heikinheimo
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Marko Puro, piano

Marko Puro
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Joonas Pohjonen, piano

Joonas Pohjonen graduated in February 2000 from Sibelius Academy having studied the piano with Meri Louhos and Erik T. Tawaststjerna and composition with Paavo Heininen. He has also participated master classes of Dimitri Bashkirov, Eero Heinonen, Lev Naumov and Murray Perahia among others. He won the first prize at the national Maj Lind piano competition in 1997.
Joonas Pohjonen is a lecturer of piano playing and accompaniment at Helsinki Polytechnic.
Joonas Pohjonen
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Lea Vartiainen, viola

Lea Vartiainen
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Petri Kumela, guitar

Petri Kumela, one of Finland's most versatile and sought-after classical guitarists, is equally at home with period instruments as in working with contemporary composers. He is known for innovative programming and unusual projects, but also for for his care and fluency in the mainstream repertoire. In the season 2011-12 he will give concerts besides Finland in England, Germany and Mexico.
Petri Kumela studied at the Helsinki Conservatory with Juan Antonio Muro and in Germany with Franz Halász, graduating from the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg in summer 2000. For two years in succession he was awarded a rare DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship to continue studying in the masterclass of Halász. He was the first guitarist to be accepted for the prestigious Meisterklassen programme. To complement these studies he has also attended masterclasses with such teachers as Leo Brouwer, Oscar Chiglia, Alirio Díaz, Eduardo Egüez and David Russell.
Winner of the international Scandinavian Guitar Festival and Stafford Classical Guitar Recital competitions, Petri Kumela has appeared outside Finland in many European countries, South America, the United States and Japan. At home in Finland he has performed at numerous festivals and in many concert series. As a soloist he has collaborated with Juha Kangas, Massimo Lambertini, Hannu Lintu, Yasuo Shinozaki, Dima Slobodeniouk, John Storgårds and other conductors. In addition to giving solo recitals he is an extremely active chamber musician, has appeared in the ranks of Avanti! and the Tampere Raw chamber ensemble, and with many other ensembles and artists. Petri Kumela is the senior lecturer of guitar in the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
A musician with a special commitment to contemporary repertoire, Petri Kumela has premiered many works both in Finland and abroad. Among the composers who have dedicated works to him are Paavo Korpijaakko, Uljas Pulkkis, Jan Vainio, Riikka Talvitie, Lotta Wennäkoski and Pehr Henrik Nordgren. His partnership with Nordgren resulted in six new additions to the Finnish repertoire for various instrumental combinations, from a solo work to a concerto.
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Kimmo Salonen, piano

Kimmo Salonen
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Sanna Vuolteenaho, voice

SANNA VUOLTEENAHO on valmistunut musiikin maisteriksi Sibelius-Akatemiasta 1994. Laulun A-tutkinnon hän suoritti 2001 opettajanaan Päivi Kantola. Vuolteenaho on opiskellut laulua myös "El Instituto Superior del Artessa", Havannassa 1993–9
Viime vuosina Vuolteenaho on keskittynyt laulamaan nk. vanhaa musiikkia, jota hän on opiskellut mm. Päivi Järviön, Howard Crookin, Richard Lewittin, Evelyn Tubbin ja Andrew Lawrence-Kingin johdolla. Omien konserttien lisäksi Sanna vuolteenaho on esiintynyt erilaisissa solisti- ja ensemble tehtävissä mm. Kotkan Urkupäivillä ja Sastamala Gregorianassa. Vuodesta 1995 Vuolteenaho on toiminut Eiran Musiikkikoulun laulun- ja musiikki-leikkikoulunopettajana.
Sanna Vuolteenaho