ELIN SKORUP SOPRANO
Elin is a versatile singer with engagements from the early baroque to the contemporary genre. Elin is a soloist in much demand in the most important church oratorio and concert repertoary. She got her education from the Royal Academy of Music Stockholm.
Among the most recent engagements includes a soloistic apperance on a recording (not yet released) of Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer with Gävle symphony orchestra and conductor Jaime Martin at the label ONDINE, the soprano parts in Mozart c-minor mass in Palacio des Festivales Cantabria as well as in Sundsvall with the Nordic chamber orchestra, the Beethoven ninth symphony also with conductor Jaime Martin, Händel Dixit Dominus in Stockholm Concert Hall with conductor Fredrik Malmberg, J.S Bach S:t Matthew passion, Christmas oratorio and b-minor mass among several Bach Cantatas. Elin was a part of the latest huge success at Folkoperan Stockholm, Satyagraha hy Philip Glass and there are more performances a head both at Folkoperan and in Gothenburg during spring 2017. Further on Elin has been on a German tour together with the Hannoversche Hofkappelle and J.S Bachs Christmas oratorio and invited to the Kursk State International Music Festival in Russia singing Händel arias with the Russian chamber orchestra. She has given concerts in Venedig, Forlí and Pordenone Italy, at the Kuhmo festival in Finland and has performed with Copenhagen soloists i Denmark.
She had her CD debut on Daphne Records together with the swiss pianist Fabienne Romer recording Swedish and German art songs. Elin has taken part in operas like W. A. Mozart die Zauberflöte as Pamina and Le nozze di Figaro as Susanna and in H. Purcells Dido and Aeneas. She has also sung the role of the Secret political police in Mysteries of the Macabre by G. Ligeti.
Elin has participated in a numerous of premiere performances by swedish and foreign composers, many of those performances has been live broadcasted on Radio. She has cooporated with orchestras and conductors like the Royal Swedish Philharmonic Orchestra, Gävle symphony orchestra, Nordic Chamber orchestra, Musica Vitae, Copenhagen soloists, Re:Baroque, the Drottningholm Baroque ensemble, Jaime Martin, Olof Boman, Fredrik Malmberg, Ragnar Bohlin and Daniel Harding.
ANNA ZANDER MEZZO SOPRANO
Anna Zander Sand started her musical education by studying jazz at Kulturama in Stockholm. After that she began to focus more on classical singing and studied for Arne Lundmark at Dalarö Folk High School for two years. Anna then qualified as a singing teacher at the College of Music in Piteå, and after that she made her special studies in baroque singing for Susanne Rydén at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. At this point, she decided to focus her singing on early music – from renaissance to late baroque, and classicism.
Anna has participated in several courses and master classes, for example for Olle Persson, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Clas Pehrsson, Nigel North and Emma Kirkby.
Anna ended her baroque studies in 2002 and the same year she became a member of the Swedish Radio choir. Ever since she has also worked as a soloist in great demand both in Sweden and in Europe. In the summer 2004 she won the first price in a soloist competition in Early Music. The competition was held in Brunnenthal, Austria, and it became a great break through for her engagements in Europe. She works on a regular basis in Holland, Germany and Italy, mostly with concert and church music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn, it is in this musical form she has her strength and passion. Anna has also done opera. For example The Magic Flute Mozart (Third boy), Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell (Dido), Il ritorno d'Ulisse (Fortuna, Melanto and Anfinomo) by Claudio Monteverdi. She has done two staged productions with Piteå Church Opera, the first one being a staged Passion of St Matthew (Bach), and the second one a church opera called Stones, about and also with music composed by Hildegaard of Bingen (Hildegaard). She has worked together with conductors such as Ton Koopman, Reinhard Goebel, Andrew Lawrence-King, Alexander Weimann, Stefan Parkman, Arnold Östman, Tönu Kaljuste, Etienne Siebens and Philippe Pierlot.
Anna works on a regular basis in different chamber music constellations. For example she has worked for several years with the lutenist Anders Ericson with whom she has performed a great deal of French Air de cours. She performs early italian music together with the cembalo player Mayumi Kamata, and she also just recently started a cooperation with the guitar player Liv Skareng, interpreting music by J Dowland, W A Mozart and M de Falla. Anna also works regularly with the very well reknowned ensemble Ricercar Concort under the leading of Philippe Pierlot. The ensemble has its' base in Belgium but tours all over the world with different programmes, from renaissance and early baroque to Bach and the late baroque music. During 2016 they made tours to South Korea and to New York, performing a very special version of Monteverdi's opera “Il ritorno d'Ulisse”. The acting in the opera is played by large puppets, while the singers walk next to the puppets, on stage, singing their parts. In this production Anna sings the parts of Fortuna, Melanto and Anfinomo. This tour will continue during 2017 with performances in Potsdam.
MIKAEL STENBAEK TENOR
Mikael studied at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm in choir conducting and soloistclass for singers between the years 1996-2002 and has during the last 19 years established himself as one of his country’s leading concert-, oratorio- and church- singer active both in and outside of Sweden.
Mikael has his main musical focus as a concert singer with perfomances in numerous oratorios, passions, masses, cantatas and other works such as Bach’s S:t John- and S:t Matthewpassions, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in b minor, Mozart´s Requiem and Mass in c minor, Handel´s Messiah and Solomon, Haydn´s the Creation and Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Mendelsohn´s Elijah and Paulus, Rossini´s Petite messe solennelle and G.P. Telemann´s Christmas Cantatas and other great works by various composer. Mikel has corporated together with Sweden´s and Europe´s leading baroque and modern orchestras, for example the Netherlands Bach Society, Bachkoor Holland, Amsterdam Orkest, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, REbaroque, Ensemble Elbipolis, Ensemble Akadémia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm, Stavanger- and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras and Il Fondamento.
Mikael performed on a regularly basis with conductor Eric Ericson between 1997-2011 in numerous concerts both national and international.
Other conductors that Mikael has worked with includes Andrew Parrot, Paul Goodwin, Peter Dijkstra, Daniel Harding, Andrea Marcón, Daniel Reuss, Francoise Lasserre, Gijs Leenaars and Paul Dombrecht.
Mikael has also been a soloist in radio- and TV-broadcasts and has performed in several recordings.
LARS JOHANSSON BRISSMAN BARITONE
Lars was born in Stockholm. He studied singing at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm, and the University College of Opera in Stockholm.
Lars Johansson Brissman is one of Scandinavia's most sought after concert singers and he is a frequent guest with the major orchestras and festivals. He has appeared in the U.S., Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Poland, Slovenia and Estonia. He has an unusually wide repertoire including works by Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Rossini, Brahms, Fauré, Duruflé, Rosenberg, Lars-Erik Larsson, Honegger, Pärt and a large number of contemporary composers. Among the orchestras Lars reguarly performes with could be mentioned, the Swedish Radio Symphony orchestra, Akademie fur die alte musik, the Drottningholm baroque ensemble, Norrköping symphony orchestra, Gävle symphony orchestra, Trondheim- as well as Bergen symphony orchestra, Oslo Baroque and the Norwegian baroque orchestra.
He has worked with conductors such as Martina Batič, Olof Boman, Herbert Böck, Peter Dijkstra, Eric Ericsson, Gary Graden, Daniel Harding, Tönu Kaljuste, Andew Parrot, Joshua Riffkin, Morten Schuldt Jensen, Gustav Sjökvist and Mark Tatlow. He has made a number of recordings with the Swedish Radio Choir and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Recent opera engagements includes the roles of Arjuna and Kallenbach in Philips Glass Satyagraha at Folkoperan Stockholm, Plutone in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo as well as Soldat 2 / Famigliaro 3 / Liberto / Consolo in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm, Shaunard in La Bohème and Lars-Edward in the world premiere of Carl Unander-Scharin’s Hummelhonung at the Royal Swedish Opera, Polyphemos in Handel’s Acis and Galatea in Oslo with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Nathan in Staale Kleiberg’s David and Bathsheba in Trondheim, Donner in Das Rheingold, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Baron Mirka Zeta in Die lustige Witwe as well as Ulf and Kark in Ivar Hallströms Den bergtagna at Folkoperan in Stockholm. He has also participated in staged performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Piteå Opera.
Lars Johansson Brissman’s recordings include Nathan in Staale Kleiberg’s David and Bathsheba with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Tönu Kaljuste, Duke Magnus in Ivar Hallströms Duke Magnus and the Mermaids and Bach's St John Passion with ReBaroque as well as Haydn’s Missa Sancti Hieronymi with Ensemble Philidor under the baton of Gary Garden.
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