Sæsonens musikere

Clara Thomsen

Danish soprano Clara Thomsen is one of the most significant talents to have emerged from the Royal Danish Opera Academy in recent years, following her studies there with Susanna Eken. Her musical foundations were laid in the Copenhagen Girls’ Choir, after which she enrolled as an undergraduate at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

Clara is a singer of rare experience given her relative youth. Following her Royal Danish Opera debut in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina) in 2017, she has appeared in the company’s production of Kuhlau’s Lulu (Second Witch) and taken the title role in the Opera Academy’s production of Handel’s Alcina at the Copenhagen Opera House. At the Festival of Lyric Arts at Aix en Provence, Clara participated in the Festival Academy’s Mozart Residency, a renowned course for the cultivation of Mozart interpretation.

In 2017 Clara made her debut as a soloist in a major orchestral concert series, taking the solo part in Carl Nielsen’s Sinfonia Espansiva with the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the world famous Musikverein in Vienna. She has appeared as a soloist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and in Handel’s Messiah.

Clara has worked with some of the leading figures on the northern European music and opera scenes. She has appeared under conductors including Michael Schønwandt, Michael Boder, Giordano Bellincampi and Andreas Spering, and has worked with stage directors Elisa Kragerup, Enrico De Feo, Jacopo Spirei, Leah Hausman and Christian von Götz among others. She joined Nordic Artists Management in 2018.

Jacob Shaw

International award winning British cellist (b.1988) Jacob Shaw gives acclaimed concerts across Europe, USA and Asia in venues including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Albert Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Oslo Concert House, Walt Disney Concert Hall… His 2015 2CD album DEBUT won rave reviews internationally – Remy Franck, director of the International Classical Music Awards wrote the following – No doubt: Jacob Shaw is one of the most charismatic and distinctive performers I have heard in the last time.

Jacob Shaw is Professor of Celloin Barcelona, Spain at the Academia Marshall (Marshall-Granados Academy of Music, established in 1901), where he occupies the “Cassado Chair”. In 2016 he created a foundation to support, promote and educate young cellists, the Scandinavian Cello School. Jacob recently renovated an old farm from 1800 and opened the world’s first permanent cello center and retreat, (near the UNESCO heritage site of Stevns Klint in Denmark), where SCS has its home.

He founded “Radical Classic” as an alternative movement to build a diverse and new generation of classical music lovers. Through “Radical Classic”, he has instigated numerous different projects combining classical music with other mediums, for example collaborating with Michelin starred chefs, star dancers from New York City Ballet, performing in alternative venues from prisons to electric cello at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

In recent years Jacob has brought his skill sets together and created a boutique consultancy agency, working regularly for industry leaders such as Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Universal Music – in addition for special projects in the business world for clients including Ernst & Young and McKinsey & Company.

Last season highlights included performing in Vienna’s Musikverein on invitation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (ball 2019), curating a new concert series in Warsaw, working on numerous international consultancy projects – alongside concerts and masterclasses over 4 continents.

Together with his family, Jacob Shaw is the founder and artistic director of the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente. Jacob Shaw is a Pirastro Artist and endorses Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin.

Karen Johanne Pedersen

Karen Johanne Pedersen (violin) was born in Oxford in 1984, and started her musical education at the age of 5 in Odense Musikskole (Denmark).

Aged 19 she entered the Royal Danish Academy of Music (studying with Professor Serguei Azizian), before returning to England and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where her professors were Yfrah Neaman and Simon Fischer. Further studies were in Berlin with Stephan Pichard and Michael Vogler. During her education, Karen participated in masterclasses with violinists such as Gerhard Schulz, Milan Vitek and Sylvia Rosenberg. Together with Trio Gemini she got a Soloist degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2015.

Karen has had a varied and multifaceted career encompassing solo, chamber, orchestral music in addition to a keen interest in folk, world and pop music. Collaborations have ranged with diverse artists such as Martin Fröst, Eminem, Kian Soltani and Hugo Rasmussen. She has recorded CDs of many different genres, some of which have received international prizes. Next year together with Trio Gemini the complete piano trios of Lowell Liebermann will be released internationally.

A keen chamber musician she has performed in venues and festivals across the world such as Sydney Opera House, Schloss-Elmau, Tivolis Koncertsal, Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente, etc. Karen additionally enjoys working as a freelance violinist in most of the major Danish orchestras and from 2015-2020 had a contract at the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2018 she is on the board of directors for Scandinavian Cello School and with her partner runs the world’s first ever cello center and retreat 1 hour from Copenhagen, close to the UNESCO heritage site of Stevns Klint.

Karen Johanne Pedersen plays a Giovanni Grancino violin from 1699 kindly on loan from the Augustinus Foundation.

Steffen Bruun

Steffen Bruun er uddannet hos Lars Waage og John Guttman på Det Kgl. Danske Musikkonservatorium samt ved operaakademiet i Sydney hos professor Michael Halliwell.

I 2005 debuterede Steffen som Kejseren i Stravinskijs Nattergalen på Den Fynske Opera. Derudover har han bl.a. sunget Sarastro i Mozarts Tryllefløjten på Nyborg Sommeropera. En meget elsket rolle er også Caronte/Plutone i Monteverdis L’Orfeo som han har sunget adskillige gange bl.a på Hofteatret. På Copenhagen Opera Festival kunne man høre Steffen som Comte de Grieux i Massenets Manon sammen med sopranen Patricia Petibon.
Steffen er en ofte anvendt oratoriesolist og kan jævnligt høres i de store oratorier af Bach, Schütz, Haydn, Händel og Mozart, samt i så forskellige værker som Janacéks Glagolitiske Messe, Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ, Beethovens C-dur-messe, Rossinis Petite Messe Solennelle, Monteverdis Mariavesper og Buxtehudes Membra Jesu Nostri med orkestre som DR Symfoniorkesteret, Concerto Copenhagen, Malmø Symfoniorkester, Kieler Barock, Flensburger Bach-Orchester, Oxford Philomusica samt Odense, Ålborg og Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkestre.

Steffen har indspillet bassolistpartiet i uropførelsen af Klenaus 9. symfoni samt Vægteren i Nielsens Maskerade, begge med DR Symfoniorkestret.

Steffen er ansat i DR Vokalensemblet, og er desuden en del af det Berlinerbaserede Home Opera, hvor han er en yndet sanger og konferencier.

Peter Rainer

In his native Germany, he is a concertmaster and a founder of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, and leads an active career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Since 2007, Peter Rainer has been on the faculty of the “Universität der Künste” (University of the Arts) in Berlin and of the “Stern Institute” for young talented students. Most recently, he was chosen by “Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik” to head the string department of “Musikgymnasium Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach,” a school for highly talented musical kids. He was the founder and leader of the Persius Ensemble, focusing mainly on repertoire written for the classical nonet. A CD with nonets by Spohr, Clementi and Mozart was chosen by Berlin-Brandenburg Radio (RBB) as one of the best releases of 2007. He has been a member of the Max Brod piano trio from 2012 to 2017. In 2016, the piano trio released a CD of compositions by Robert Kahn, a wonderful discovery of romantic music in style of Johannes Brahms. Many (mes he was guest artist at the „Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente“ and performed together with the cellist Jacob Shaw.

Music-loving children know Peter Rainer through the many interactive concerts he developed for them in the past 20 years, such as Till Eulenspiegel, Ferdinand the Bull, The Horse on the Violin, to mention a few. Peter Rainer studied violin in Würzburg with Max Speermann and in the U.S. with Professor Eduard Schmieder at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas. Upon his return to Germany, he was 1st concertmaster of the Brandenburgische Philharmonie in Potsdam from 1996 to 2000.
During the „corona crisis“ he rediscovered string quartets by Johannes Matthias Sperger, a today almost unknown composer, living at the same time as Mozart and Haydn in the north of Germany.
End of June he played one of the first concerts with a real audience indoors at the „Mozarbest“ in Würzburg together with the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Hartmut Hähnchen.

Auste Ovsiukaite

Auste Ovsiukaite was born in Klaipeda – Lithuania. She started her viola studies at National M. K. Ciurlionis school of Arts in Vilnius and continued at Lithuanian Music Academy in Vilnius with Prof. Petras Radzevicius.

2009 – 2015 she was studying with Prof. Ulrich Knörzer at Berlin University of the Arts – UDK Berlin.

She has taken part in various Viola Master Classes with artists such as Alfred and Christian Altenburger, Wolfgang Boettcher, Wolfram Christ, Rainer Kussmaul, Thomas Riebl, Wilfried Strehle etc.

She has been awarded in different chamber music competitions.

Furthermore she gained professional orchestra experience in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Nazionale Akademie di Santa Cecilia ( Rome), Deutsche Oper Berlin, City Opera Innsbruck (Austria) and Berliner Philharmoniker. Has worked with conductors like Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, Ingo Metzmacher, Jonathan Nott, Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Franz Welser-Möst, David Afkham, Herbert Blomstedt, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding and others.

2014 -2016 Auste worked in Staatsteather Kassel.
Since 2016 she is a Tutti viola of Bremer Philharmoniker (Germany).

Ida Nystad

Ida startede med at spille klaver som femårig, hos klaverpædagog Susanne Germer og forsatte studierne hos Anne Øland og Nina Kavtaradze. I 2013 flyttede hun til Krakow, for at studere på Musikakademiet hos professor Miroslaw Herbowski. Hun afsluttede sine Kandidatstudier med allerhøjeste udmærkelse i oktober 2019. Ida er nu blevet optaget på Post-Graduate studier på Musikakademiet i Krakow hos den internationalt anerkendte pianist og klaverprofessor Mariola Cieniawa. Hun vil debutere i sommeren 2021.

Hun har givet koncerter over hele verden; i hele Polen og Danmark, i Italien, Letland, USA, Canada, Tyskland og i Østrig, hvor hun har spillet i Wien adskillige gange blandt andet i Altes Rathaus Baroksal i Wiens centrum. I 2019 turnerede hun på Island med koncerter i Reykjavik, Akranes og Borganes. Ida Nystad er prismodtager i den internationale klaverkonkurrence Music Without Limits i Litauen. Hun har modtaget mange invitationer fra musikfestivaler og koncertsteder i både indland og udland; Opus Festival i Århus, Sorø Internationale Musikfestival, musikfestival på Sardinien arrangeret af Associazione Culturale Artecrazia samt festivaler i Polen blandt andet Bela Bartók Festival og Music of the North Festival. Ida har desuden givet koncert i prestigefyldte koncertsale som Odeon i Odense, Florianka i Krakow, Hietzing’s festsal i Wien og musikuniversitetets koncertsal i Rzeszów.
Ida Nystad er ligeledes en erfaren og eftertragtet kammermusiker.

Ida er medstifter og medarrangør af Løvehave Koncerter, som er en ny koncertrække med internationalt anerkendte musikere fra ind- og udland støttet af blandt andre Louis-Hansen Fonden, Solistforeningen af 1921 og Augustinus Fonden.

Ida har deltaget i masterclasses hos internationalt anerkendte pianister som Ilja Scheps, Jacob Leuschner, Lilya Zilberstein, Alexandra Zvirblyte, Irina Osipova, Konstanze Eickhorst og Einer Steen-Nøkleberg. Ida har modtaget stipendier og legater blandt andet fra Karen og Arthur Feldthusens Fond, Inge Hasselbach-Larsens Mindelegat og Augustinus Fonden.

Magnus Wenzel Most

Magnus Wenzel Most dimitterede december 2016 som kandidat fra Musikakademiet i Krakow hos professor Miroslaw Herbowski med højeste udmærkelse. Februar året efter blev han optaget på post-graduate studier på akademiet fortsat hos professor Miroslaw Herbowski, som han afsluttede april 2019. Magnus gennemførte sin bacheloruddannelse 2011-2013 på Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium hos Bohumila Jedlickova. Før konservatoriet studerede han på MGK hos Bella Zapolski. Magnus har desuden taget Masterclasses hos internationalt anerkendte pianister som Jacob Leuschner, Sergejs Osokins, Ilja Scheps, Mariola Cieniawa, Einer Steen-Nøkleberg og Lilya Zilberstein.

Magnus er 2. prismodtager i den internationale klaverkonkurrence “Paolo Serrao” i Italien. Han har givet koncerter i store dele af Europa herunder solo-recital i Wien i Hietzings Festsal, koncertturné på Island i Reykjavik, Akranes og Borganes og klaver-recital på Sardinien i Cagliari i det gamle og berømte universitetsbibliotek hos Associazione Culturale Artecrazia. Han har givet koncerter i Polen blandt andet til musikfestivalen Music of the North i koncertsal Florianka i Krakow, i Zywiec’ og Lancuts koncertsale, Nowy Saczs kunstgalleri, Rzeszóws musikuniversitet og på Krakows Musikakademi. I Danmark har han spillet koncerter bl.a. på Nationalmuseet i København, Carl Nielsen Museet i Odense, Christians kirken, Kulturhus Kappelborg i Skagen og Det Kgl. Danske Musikkonservatorium. Magnus er en alsidig og eftertragtet kammermusiker, han samarbejder blandt andet med musikere fra DR symfoniorkestret, danner klaverduo med pianist Ida Nystad og har opført en stor del nyere og moderne polsk musik blandt andet for klaverkvintet. Magnus har modtaget flere stipendier og legater herunder fra Frimodt-Heineke Fonden, Oticon Fonden og Karen og Arthur Feldthusens Fond. Medarrangør af Løvehave Sommerkoncerter august 2020: En koncertrække med internationalt anerkendte musikere fra ind- og udland som støttes af Augustinus Fonden, Solistforeningen og Louis-Hansen Fonden.