Polstjärnepriset The Course Instructors
Polstjärnepriset’s instructors are musicians and educators with great international experience. They give lessons, master classes, lead chamber music ensembles, sectionals and orchestral rehearsals. During the two periods of Polstjärnepriset, many more instructors will join the teaching team.
Gitte Marcusson, flute
Gitte Marcusson is a professor at the Royal College of Music, London and director of Music Education Vänersborg. After 5 years of study at The Royal Northern College of Music, she was a teacher at Chethams School of Music for 16 years and regularly guested with orchestras such as The National Symphony Orchestra and BBC Wales. She is a highly sought after teacher. Many of her students are active today as soloists and voice leaders in world orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and the Scottish National Symphony Orchestra. Gitte has been a guest teacher at universities in London, Manchester, Cologne, Gothenburg and Oslo and is at the Wildacres Flute Retreat in North Carolina, USA.
Randi Krogvold, flute
Randi Krogvold Lundqvist has a deep and versatile background as a musician and teacher, with a special focus on talent development. She is currently head of the wind department at Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt in Oslo and has for many years held the same position at Valdres sommersymfoni. Randi studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, has worked in all the major Norwegian orchestras and performed at leading festivals in Norway and abroad.
Per Ivarsson, trumpet
Per Ivarsson is the Principal Trumpet of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg University. In 2015–2016 he served as Principal Trumpet of the Oslo Philharmonic and began his soloist diploma studies under professor Håkan Hardenberger in Malmö. After that he moved to Karlsruhe, where he had the opportunity to explore baroque repertoire on original instruments, as well as contemporary music with Ensemble Phoenix in Basel. On his return to Sweden, he was appointed Co-Principal Trumpet of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and won his current position in Gothenburg a few years later.
Péter Nagy, piano
The first prize in the 1979 Hungarian Radio Competition launched pianist Péter Nagy into a remarkable international career at a young age. Nagy had been admitted at the age of eight to the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and at the age of eleven he won the second prize of the International Concours in Usti nad Labem (Czechoslovakia). Nagy has been performing concertos and solo recitals all over the world and he is a highly valued chamber musician as well. Péter Nagy is also active as a teacher, holding positions as professor of piano at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart.
Jonas Olsson, collaborative piano
Jonas Olsson has accompanied the Polstjärnepriset competitors since 2010 and works as a repetiteur at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå. He belongs to a new generation of versatile pianists and is much appreciated for his work as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Jonas, who has studied with Hans Pålsson and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is one of Scandinavia’s recognized experts on contemporary music and has collaborated with a long list of the world’s leading composers.
Lorenzo Soulès, piano and collaborative piano
The French pianist Lorenzo Soulès’ international career began in 2012, when he, aged 20, won 1st prize in the prestigious Concours International de Genève. Since then he has been a regular guest at venues like the Royal Festival Hall in London, Tonhalle Zürich, National Concert Hall in Taipei, the Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije, the Aldeburgh Festival and the Klavierfestival Ruhr, where he has been involved in the festival’s Education Project since 2011. Born in Lyon, Lorenzo studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich in Cologne, and between 2006 and 2009 also took lessons with Alicia de Larrocha, working on the complete Iberia cycle by Albeniz.
Marianna Shirinyan, piano
Polstjärnepriset welcomes the Armenian-born pianist Marianna Shirinyan as a member of the jury. She is one of the most creative and sought-after pianists in Europe today. Among others she has performed with symphony orchestras in Munich, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen. Already at the age of 19 Marianna held a part-time position as a teacher at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck. Since 2015 she is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Musik and from summer 2020 she is co-artistic director of the Valdres Sommersymfoni in Norway. Marianna has received the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s award for her contribution to Danish music life.
Alf Richard Kraggerud, violin
Alf Richard Kraggerud is one of Europe’s most talked about talent developers. He works as a violin teacher and pro-rector at the Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt in Oslo, which trains young talents from primary school age all the way to soloist performances on the world’s most established concert stages.
Eszter Haffner, violin
Over the last 25 years, Eszter Haffner has captivated audiences worldwide with her distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship, and outstanding interpretations. She has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras. Always willing to expand her musical horizons, Eszter is also much sought after as a viola player.
Since 2002 she has been Professor of Violin at the KUG University of Music Graz, Austria, and since 2010, also at the Royal Academy of Music Copenhagen, Denmark. As a guest professor, she regularly taught at Royal College London, Liszt Academy Budapest, Aurora Stockholm, Sibelius Academy Helsinki, etc.
Kristoffer Dolatko, violin
Kristoffer Dolatko is a Polish violinist who, after moving to Denmark, became known for his extensive and successful educational work as a talent developer of young violinists and viola players. He has worked both at the music academy in Aarhus and at the city’s music school. Kristoffer also started his own private music school – Auerinstitutet and now works at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, an internationally sought-after boarding school. Dolatko has additional international assignments, including at the Astona summer academy, where he is assistant artistic director.
Sigurdbjorn Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin
Bernhardsson joined the string faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio in 2017 after 17 years of performing with the Pacifica Quartet. Bernhardsson himself graduated from the same conservatory in 1995 and among his teachers were Almita och Roland Vamos. Before moving to Oberlin, Sibbi studied violin in Iceland with the legendary Guðný Guðmundsdóttir. Bernhardsson serves as director of the Cooper International Violin Competition at Oberlin and as the artistic director of Iceland’s Harpa International Music Academy.
Andreas Brantelid, cello
Andreas Brantelid won first prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians. In 2008-2011 he was BBC’s New Generation Artist and in 2015 he received the Carl Nielsen Prize in Copenhagen. Today Andreas is one of the most sought-after performing artists from Scandinavia, winning woldwide critical acclaim for his thought-provoking interpretations, uniquely colorful sound and engaging personality.
Martti Rousi, cello
Martti Rousi studied with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy and with Janos Starker at the Indiana University. In 1986 Rousi won the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and has since then performed as a soloist with leading orchestras and conductors all over the world. In 1995 he was appointed professor of cello at the Sibelius Academy, where his cello class is attracting talents from around the world. He is invited to do masterclasses in leading academies on all continents and frequently serves as a jury member for major competitions.
Jakob Koranyi, cello
Jakob Koranyi comes from Stockholm and started his musical studies early. He has been taught by, among others, Torleif Thedéen, Ralph Kirshbaum and Frans Helmersson.
Jakob has received several international prizes and awards and now tours as a chamber musician and soloist around the world and is seen as one of Europe’s most interesting young musicians. He has appeared as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona. Jakob has also played at several festivals such as the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.
Andreas Patrik Hansson, conductor
Andreas P Hansson is a “product” of Musikerutbildning Vänersborg and Polstjärnepriset. 2012 – 2015 he studied for Ulrich Kaatz in Vänersborg. Nowadays he studies at Norway’s Musikkhøgskole with Prof. Ole Kristian Ruud and is also one of two conductors selected for Opptakt, Norway’s elite initiative for young conducting talent. In connection with Opptakt, Andreas has conducted several of Norway’s professional symphony orchestras in both concerts and master classes, including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Gothenburg Symphony on several occasions, the first time at the age of 19. Andreas has participated in numerous master classes for many big names, including Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Vasily Petrenko, Christian Ehwald, Nicolás Pasquet, Mark Stringer and Atso Almila.