David Coucheron

Violin

His phrasing is elegant and his concentrated tune a thing of beauty.

David Coucheron

Violin

David Coucheron is Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He won the position in competition with more than 200 contestants, becoming the youngest Concertmaster of any major US orchestra. Born in Oslo, Norway, David Coucheron began playing the violin when he was three years old. He earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, a Master’s of Music at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and a Master’s of Performance from Guildhall School of Music in London. He has studied with such eminent professors as Igor Ozim, Aaron Rosand, Lewis Kaplan and David Takeno. David plays a 1732 Stradivarius, loaned to him by the Anders Sveaas Allmennyttige Fond. www.coucheron.com

Arve Tellefsen

Violin

The violinist possesses a faultless technique, strict precicion and brilliant tone.

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Arve Tellefsen

Violin

Arve Tellefsen is Norway’s foremost violinist, the person in modern times whose impact on classical music in our country has been greatest. He was born and raised in Trondheim and began playing the violin at six years old. After his spectacular debut at the University Aula in 1959, he soon became not only Norway’s leading violinist but also a central interpreter of classical music internationally. A professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, he has been the recipient of such prestigious prizes as the Harriet Cohen International Music Award, the Spellemannsprisen, etc. He also received the Princess Astrid Musical Award (as did David). He has made innumerable recordings and has performed with such masters as Mariss Jansons, Herbert Blomstedt, Zubin Mehta as well as most of the world’s best-known orchestras. Arve Tellefsen has been the inspiration for generations of Norwegian violinists and is the only violinist to be honored with a statue of himself in his hometown during his lifetime. In 1989, he initiated the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and has continued to be the event’s eminent leader ever since. 

Julie Coucheron

Piano

She has a beautiful legato and rubatoplay with great sense of melodic lines and exact vocals.

Julie Coucheron

Piano

At twenty-seven years of age, Ms. Coucheron has already established an international career, winning prizes in Italy, Germany and the United States. Ms. Coucheron has worked with musicians such as Claude Frank and Emanuel Ax. She has toured Europe, America, South America and Asia, performing on such great concert stages as Verizon Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  Born in Oslo, Norway, Ms. Coucheron began to play the piano at the age of four. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with honors. Ms. Coucheron has performed at festivals such as the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Bergen International Music Festival and at the La Jolla Summerfest. For the last two years, Julie has been artistic director of the Fjord Cadenza festival in Norway. She is also a founding member of the Kon-Tiki Classical Music Fest in Oslo, Norway. In September, 2002, she released her first recording, ‘Debut’, on the Naxos label, performing with her brother, David. The CD includes lyrical and virtuoso music from the classical repertoire. In September, 2008, Ms. Coucheron and her brother released their second recording, ‘David and Julie’, on the Mudi/Naxos label. This recording, which includes sonatas by Grieg and Brahms, received superb reviews worldwide. Ms. Coucheron is a member of the Georgian Chamber Players and recently performed the Brahms piano quartet with them in Spivey Hall in Atlanta.

Elisabeth Pridgen

Piano

Professor Elizabeth Pridgen is distinguished by a remarkably varied repertoire performed with great warmth and glow.

Elisabeth Pridgen

Piano

Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen has distinguished herself as a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared in concerts at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, Merkin Hall, the Tilles Center on Long Island, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and the "Rising Stars Series" at the Ravinia Festival. Ms. Pridgen has also performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and the Kosciuszko Foundation, and in recitals in London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Washington D.C., Miami, San Francisco, and throughout the Southeast and Caribbean. Recently appointed Artistic Director of the Atlanta Chamber Players, she is leading the ensemble as it enters its 39th season. Ms. Pridgen performs regularly at festivals including the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Rome, Italy, the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the River To River Festival, the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, the Water Island Music Festival, and the Madison Chamber Music Festival. An avid chamber performer, she has collaborated with artists such as Elmar Oliveira, Robert McDuffie, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Hilary Hahn, Sarah Chang, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jennifer Koh, Nadja Salerno- Sonnenberg, the Diaz String Trio, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and the American String Quartet. She performs regularly with violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and cellist Julie Albers as a member of the Cortona Trio and with the Georgian Chamber Players.  Ms. Pridgen is currently a Distinguished Artist and Piano Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings and holds the G. Leslie Fabian Piano Chair at the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. She received her Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School where she studied with Joseph Kalichstein and earned her bachelor's degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Ann Schein.

Julianne Lee

Violin and Viola
Photo: John Soares

Lee has toured with the Marlboro Music Festival as well as multiple international tours.

Julianne Lee

Violin and Viola

Julianne Lee has a distinctive career as both a violinist and violist, appearing frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently the assistant principal second violinist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she has been a member of the violin section since 2006. Lee has toured with the Marlboro Music Festival as well as multiple international tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as guest principal violist. In past summers, she has been invited to perform at numerous music festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber music at the Banff Centre, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She is the second violinist of the Johannes String Quartet, an ensemble who has performed commissioned works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Derek Bermel and William Bolcom. Lee graduated with an unanimous First prize at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris in France. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in both violin and viola performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and a Master's Degree from the New England Conservatory. In addition to her extensive performing activities, she is a respected teacher at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Berklee College of Music.

Kim Wigaard Johansen

Singer

Kim Wigaard is a well-known and valued name in the Norwegian music industry as a talented singer and musician.

Kim Wigaard

Singer

Kim Wigaard is a well-known and popular Norwegian baryton -  educated from Norges Musikkhøgskole and Manhattan School of Music in New York. He worked freelance in New York for two years before he returned to native Norway. He is also a well known and popular guest in different musicals, festivals and television productions not to forget his emotional and sincere engagement in various church related music.

His baryton is warm and appealing and we think he will suite our festival well. We look forward to not only German lieder and musicals but also, may be, Mozart.

Welcome, Kim.

Philippe B. Skow

Violin

 Recently, he and Julie Coucheron co-produced a CD with music from Scandinavia.  We look forward to listening to them play some pieces from this CD for us.

Philippe B. Skow

Violin

Danish Philippe B. Skow was only 2 years old when he started to play the violin. At 5, he had his debut as a soloist at the famous Tivoli Garden in Copenagen. Today we find him playing all around the world, at the most prestigious concert halls and before the most discerning audiences. Not long ago, he entertained the French President, Emmanuel Macron. He is often a celebrated guest at the  Danish Court, performing for the Royal Family. His talent is often praised for its romantic and virtuoso qualities.

He made his debut with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra when he was only 14.  Among his First Prize awards is “The Danish Violin Competition for Violinists Under the Age of 30” – which he won at only 16 years of age! He is also a much loved Chamber Music violinist. Philippe holds a Master of Law degree, and a Post Graduate Degree in Music from Oberlin, where he had the honour of being a pupil of Prof. Milan Vitek. In 2019, he was nominated for “The Berlin Talent 100” where he had the played on the priceless and legendary “Kreutzer” Stradivarius.

Ernst Simon Glaser

Solo Cellist

 Ernst Simon Glaser was born in Ålesund, Norway, in 1975, and moved to England at 6-years old. Today, he is the solo cellist with the Gothenburg Symphony – Sweden’s National Orchestra.

Ernst Simon Glaser

Solo Cellist

Ernst Simon studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 2002, he was awarded the prize for “Young Musician of the Year” by Rikskonsertene (the Norwegian Concert Institute), and had a successful debut in Oslo in 2003. He went on to win the 2004 “Debut Prize”. 

Glaser has been second principal cellist at the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, and principal cellist with the Norwegian Opera. Today, he holds the position of principal cellist at Sweden’s Gothenburg Sympohny Orchestra. Glaser has been on many concert tours around Europe and in Asia.

www.ernstsimonglaser.com

Thomas Carroll

Cello

Thomas is currently a Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Thomas Carroll

Cello

Described by The Strad as a player of ‘authority and passion, with an unerring sense of direction, full of colour and underpinned by a clear musical intelligence’, Welsh cellist Thomas Carroll launched his career when he won both Young Concert Artists Trust, London and Young Concert Artists, New York. He has since gone on to give critically acclaimed debut recitals at Wigmore Hall (London), Alice Tully Hall (NY) and in Boston, California, Florida and Washington DC, as well performing in many major venues and festivals across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America.

As a concerto soloist Thomas has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Mozart Players, Royal and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Heinrich Schiff), English Chamber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra.

Much in demand as a chamber musician, Thomas has worked with the Belcea Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Endellion Quartet, Yehudi Menuhin, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Mischa Maisky, YoYo Ma, Michael Collins, Julian Rachlin, Jack Liebeck and Janine Jansen, among others. He is also a member of Trio Apaches and the London Conchord Ensemble. 

He has recorded over thirty CD's for labels including Champs Hill Records, Orchid Classics, Decca, Naxos, Signum Classics and Paladino Music.

He is currently Professor of Cello at the Royal College of Music in London and the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, as well as principle cello teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School. 

After making his debut as conductor in the Berlin Philharmonie in 2009, he became Artistic Director of the Orpheus Sinfonia, a post which he took up 7 years ago. Thomas studied conducting while at the Mozarteum, as joint first subject with cello. Since then he has attended numerous masterclasses. This season sees his debut as conductor with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Istanbul.

Glenn Lewis Gordon

Contrabass

Glenn Lewis Gordon

Contrabass
Glenn Lewis Gordon is presently assistant principal double bass with the Oslo Philharmonic. He started playing the double bass when he was nine years old. "I really wanted to play the violin but when given the chance to try a bass. I fell in love with it on the spot and never looked back"
Glenn was born and grew up in the USA in Long Island, New York. He started his formal training with Homer Mensch at the Juilliard School of Music Pre College Division and transitioned later to the world renowned Curtis Institute of Music, in Philadelphia where he studied with Roger Scott of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Shortly after graduating he moved to Spain where he wokred as Co principal with the newly established Symphony Orchestra of La Coruna .
Glenn moved to Norway in 1994 after winning the position of assistant principal with the Stavanger Symphony. Glenn joined the Oslo Philharmonic in 1995 as a section member thereupon winning auditions as 4th chair and assistant principal which he has had since 2010.
Glenn has had the great fortune of performing with some of the 20th and 21th centuries greatest conductors and musicians.
An avid chamber music performer Glenn has performed often with Duo Oktava and the annual Oslo Philharmonic chamber music series.
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