Festival Artists

(under construction)

Michel

Catherine MICHEL

Harpist

The french harpist Catherine Michel belongs to the most prominent harpists of our time.

Her teacher was the legendary harp pedagogue Pierre Jamet at the Paris Conservatoire, an institution from where she was awarded a First Prize at the age of 15. Numerous prizes at prestigious international harp competitions in Israel, USA and Paris followed and Catherine Michel started early a very active international career as a soloist.

In 1970, she became a member of the Orchestre National de France and won in 1977 the Principal Harp position at the Paris Opéra where she played for nearly thirty years.

Catherine Michel has had long collaborations with the the greatest conductors and composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Michel Legrand.
Her teaching career brought her to be nominated professor at among others: the Royal Music Academy in Dublin, the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Zurich, and Detmold as well as ”Prince Consort Teacher” of the London Royal College.

Catherine Michel is also very eager to broaden the harp repertoire and is always looking for and publishing interesting forgotten pieces.
She has been recording over twenty solo CDS, and was awarded for this prestigious prizes in France, such as ”SACEM Prize” and ”Victoire de la Musique

chatron

Sandrine CHATRON

Harpist

Sandrine Chatron was awarded first prize for harp and chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire in 1995. She studied with Gérard Devos, M.C Jamet, F. Cambreling and G. Lorenzini. She also won first prize at the Cité des Arts Competition, at the Chamber Music Competition in Arles and is a Banque Populaire Foundation award winner.

She joined the Netherlands Philarmonic Orchestra as a solo harpist in 2009, and has been appointed as teacher at the Haute Ecole de musique de Genève in 2018. She also teachs at the Conservatory of Amsterdam since 2012 and has given many audition trainings and masterclasses.
She is a member of the Ensemble Calliopée as well as the trio Polycordes,

As a concert artist and as a chamber musician she has appeared across Europe, Asia and North America, including appearances at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
She performs regularly with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, with whom she has recorded Pierre Boulez’s Sur Incises for Deutsche Grammophon.

She has worked with the principal French orchestras such as Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France and played one season at the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. She performs also with the Klangforum Wien, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, working with such conductors as C Abbado, R. Muti, P. Boulez and D. Harding, Sir S. Rattle, G Prêtre, T. Sokiev, etc.

Solo recordings well acclaimed by the critics include a recital disc of British Music for Aparte « A British Promenade », « André Caplet et ses contemporains » for Ambroisie, “Le salon de musique de Marie-Antoinette” for Naïve, and the premiere recording of harp’s concerti by Kristof Maratka, and Ricardo Nillni.

Volan

Birgite VOLAN HÅVIK

Harpist

Principal harp of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008, Birgitte Volan-Håvik has also
established herself as a very active soloist and chamber musician.
She has been invited to perform at the major norwegian music festivals (Oslo
Kammermusikkfestival, Trondheim kammermusikkfestival, Festpillene i Bergen, Asker
Kammermusikfestival, …) and concert series including the chamber music series of her own
orchestra.

She also collaborates regurlarly with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Birgitte has recorded for LaWo records ”Mozart Concerto for flute and harp K299” , together with
the flutist Per Flemström and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also appearing on various
CD recordings with among others Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Soloists, the trumpetist Tine
Thing Helseth, the contemporary ensemble Bit20, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and of
course Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

She is also regurlarly coaching young orchestra harpists in norwegian national youth
orchestras (”Ung Filharmoni”, ”Norsk ungdomssymfoniorkester”) as well as in 2016 for the
”Orchestra of the Americas”. Furthermore, she is often serving as harp expert for orchestral
auditions in Norway and Denmark.
Birgitte comes from Trondheim, where she started her musical studies. Her harp teachers were
Willy Postma at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and Fabrice Pierre at the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, during an Erasmus exchange year.

IMG-20190223-WA0000

Sophia STECKELER

Harpist

Sophia Steckeler, born in Munich in 1984, studied the harp with Prof. Helga Storck and Cristina Bianchi in Munich where she finished her final examinations in 2010 with distinction. Prior to this she studied for one year in Paris with Prof. Isabelle Perrin and also accepted the invitation to study on Erasmus with Prof. Fabrice Pierre at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon. Masterclasses with Marie-Pierre Langlamet , Charlotte Balzereit , Xavier de Maistre, Catherine Michel und Sarah O`Brian followed.

She is the prize-winner from several competitions such as „Jugend Musiziert”, the Concours Internationale de Mondidier and the London Royal Academy Competition of Music.
Since 2011 Sophia Steckeler is the principal solo harpist of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. She previously held the same position in the European Youth Orchestra, the Bundesjugendorchester and the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra where she played in concerts with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

stephenson

Laura STEPHENSON

Harpist

Laura Stephenson has studied primarily with the renowned harpist Judy Loman in Toronto, Canada. She has also had orchestra studies with legendary Alice Chalifoux. After a few years as principal harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and member of the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Laura moved to Sweden to take on the solo harp position with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. As a long-time member of one of Nordens most established new-music groups Kammarensemblen, Laura has been actively advocating for and commissioning the classical music of our time.
Ms. Stephenson has been teaching at Lilla Akademien for many years and has recently taken on the position at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

(fotograf: Björn Carlén)
(fotograf: Björn Carlén)

Delphine CONSTANTIN-REZNIK

Harpist

hakim

Dr. Naji HAKIM

Composer In-Residenve

Bio: Naji Subhy Paul Irénée HAKIM was born in Beirut , 31 October, 1955. He studied with Jean Langlais (organ), Evelyne Aïello (conducting), and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris – classes of Roger Boutry (harmony), Jean-Claude Henry (counterpoint), Marcel Bitsch (fugue), Rolande Falcinelli (organ), Jacques Castérède (analysis) and Serge Nigg (orchestration),
where he was awarded seven first prizes.

He is a licentiate teacher in organ from Trinity College of Music in London and won ten first prizes at international organ and composition competitions. In 1991 he was awarded the Prix André Caplet from the Académie des Beaux-Arts and in 2009 the Premier Prix du Concours de Musique Sacrée de la Cathédrale de Monaco. At first organist of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Paris from 1985 until 1993, he then became organist of l’église de la Trinité, in succession to Olivier Messiaen, from 1993 until 2008.

He is professor of musical analysis at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt, and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, member of the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae in Rome and Doctor honoris causa of the Pontifical University Saint-Esprit of Kaslik, Lebanon .

In 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI awarded Naji Hakim The Augustae crucis insigne pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, for his excellent commitment and work for the benefit of the Church and the Holy Father. His works include instrumental music (organ, flute, bassoon, horn, trumpet, harp, guitar, violin, piano), symphonic music (Les Noces de l’Agneau, Hymne de l’Univers, Ouverture Libanaise, Påskeblomst, Augsburger Symphonie, five organ concertos, a violin concerto, a piano concerto), and vocal music (oratorio Saul de Tarse, cantata Phèdre, Magnificat and four masses).

Naji Hakim is married to Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, organist, composer and musicologist. They have two children: Katia-Sofía, poet, pianist and musicologist, and Jean-Paul, lawyer, pianist and composer.

Camerata Ostrogothia

Ensemble

(fotograf: Björn Carlén)
(fotograf: Björn Carlén)

Roman REZNIK

Conductor

Roman REZNIK (biography) ”Roman Reznik , Co-principal bassoonist of Oslo Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, was described by the leading Norwegian newspaper ” Dagbladet ”as” a rare musician, who gives so much of himself and has an outstanding musicality”.

The famous ”Times magazine” wrote about him: ” a characterful musician who often attracts the spotlights” (review from BBC Proms Festival, 2017).

Roman Reznik was studying bassoon in Vienna, Berlin and Basel Music Academies with prominent teachers such as Milan Turkovic, Eckart Huebner and Sergio Azzolini. He became very interested into conducting just a couple of years ago, studied conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music, at the Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiev and has been participating in numerous masterclasses with renowned teachers such as: Jorma Panula, Neeme Jarvi, Atso Almila, Alexander Polianichko, Gunter Neuhold.

During the 2017/18 season, his conducting career has been developing rapidly and Roman Reznik has already conducted orchestras such as: Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Seinajoki Symphony Orchestra Finland, Kharkiv Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, I cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tomsk Philharmonic (Russia).

In August 2018 he had a very successful debut at one of the major music festivals in Germany,”Choriner Musiksommer”, together with the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra(Poland), both as a conductor and a soloist. He returned to conduct Szczecin Philharmonic this spring. Recently Roman also made his debut at ” Fjordcadenza festival ”in Norway conducting the newly founded Norwegian Philharmonic Festival Orchestra which includes musicians from such orchestras as: Staatskapelle Dresden,Helsinki Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He also founded a new chamber orchestra, ”Camerata Ostrogothia”, composed of his former colleagues from Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

The ensemble gave a very acclaimed debut in Norrköping this February. As a conductor he already had the honour to collaborate with such great artists as Valeriy Sokolov and Johan Dalene. As a bassoon soloist he has performed major pieces of solo bassoon repertoire with orchestras such as Oslo Philharmonic, Minsk Chamber Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Oslo Symphony Orchestra.

He has commissioned and performed bassoon concertos by famous Norwegian composers Morten Gaathaug and Kjell Marcussen as well as the prominent Ukranian composer Yevhen Stankovych. As a guest principal bassoon Roman Reznik has performed with orchestras such as: Mahler Chamber, Konzerthaus Berlin, Royal Philharmonic Stockholm, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Sweden. He has occupied the chair of Principal Bassoon in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra betweeen 2008 and 2010.”

..And others!!

Festival Artists

(under construction)

Michel

Catherine MICHEL

Harpist

The french harpist Catherine Michel belongs to the most prominent harpists of our time.

Her teacher was the legendary harp pedagogue Pierre Jamet at the Paris Conservatoire, an institution from where she was awarded a First Prize at the age of 15. Numerous prizes at prestigious international harp competitions in Israel, USA and Paris followed and Catherine Michel started early a very active international career as a soloist.

In 1970, she became a member of the Orchestre National de France and won in 1977 the Principal Harp position at the Paris Opéra where she played for nearly thirty years.

Catherine Michel has had long collaborations with the the greatest conductors and composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Michel Legrand.
Her teaching career brought her to be nominated professor at among others: the Royal Music Academy in Dublin, the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Zurich, and Detmold as well as ”Prince Consort Teacher” of the London Royal College.

Catherine Michel is also very eager to broaden the harp repertoire and is always looking for and publishing interesting forgotten pieces.
She has been recording over twenty solo CDS, and was awarded for this prestigious prizes in France, such as ”SACEM Prize” and ”Victoire de la Musique

chatron

Sandrine CHATRON

Harpist

Sandrine Chatron was awarded first prize for harp and chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire in 1995. She studied with Gérard Devos, M.C Jamet, F. Cambreling and G. Lorenzini. She also won first prize at the Cité des Arts Competition, at the Chamber Music Competition in Arles and is a Banque Populaire Foundation award winner.

She joined the Netherlands Philarmonic Orchestra as a solo harpist in 2009, and has been appointed as teacher at the Haute Ecole de musique de Genève in 2018. She also teachs at the Conservatory of Amsterdam since 2012 and has given many audition trainings and masterclasses.
She is a member of the Ensemble Calliopée as well as the trio Polycordes,

As a concert artist and as a chamber musician she has appeared across Europe, Asia and North America, including appearances at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
She performs regularly with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, with whom she has recorded Pierre Boulez’s Sur Incises for Deutsche Grammophon.

She has worked with the principal French orchestras such as Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France and played one season at the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. She performs also with the Klangforum Wien, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, working with such conductors as C Abbado, R. Muti, P. Boulez and D. Harding, Sir S. Rattle, G Prêtre, T. Sokiev, etc.

Solo recordings well acclaimed by the critics include a recital disc of British Music for Aparte « A British Promenade », « André Caplet et ses contemporains » for Ambroisie, “Le salon de musique de Marie-Antoinette” for Naïve, and the premiere recording of harp’s concerti by Kristof Maratka, and Ricardo Nillni.

Volan

Birgite VOLAN HÅVIK

Harpist

Principal harp of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008, Birgitte Volan-Håvik has also
established herself as a very active soloist and chamber musician.
She has been invited to perform at the major norwegian music festivals (Oslo
Kammermusikkfestival, Trondheim kammermusikkfestival, Festpillene i Bergen, Asker
Kammermusikfestival, …) and concert series including the chamber music series of her own
orchestra.

She also collaborates regurlarly with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Birgitte has recorded for LaWo records ”Mozart Concerto for flute and harp K299” , together with
the flutist Per Flemström and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also appearing on various
CD recordings with among others Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Soloists, the trumpetist Tine
Thing Helseth, the contemporary ensemble Bit20, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and of
course Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

She is also regurlarly coaching young orchestra harpists in norwegian national youth
orchestras (”Ung Filharmoni”, ”Norsk ungdomssymfoniorkester”) as well as in 2016 for the
”Orchestra of the Americas”. Furthermore, she is often serving as harp expert for orchestral
auditions in Norway and Denmark.
Birgitte comes from Trondheim, where she started her musical studies. Her harp teachers were
Willy Postma at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and Fabrice Pierre at the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, during an Erasmus exchange year.

IMG-20190223-WA0000

Sophia STECKELER

Harpist

Sophia Steckeler, born in Munich in 1984, studied the harp with Prof. Helga Storck and Cristina Bianchi in Munich where she finished her final examinations in 2010 with distinction. Prior to this she studied for one year in Paris with Prof. Isabelle Perrin and also accepted the invitation to study on Erasmus with Prof. Fabrice Pierre at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon. Masterclasses with Marie-Pierre Langlamet , Charlotte Balzereit , Xavier de Maistre, Catherine Michel und Sarah O`Brian followed.

She is the prize-winner from several competitions such as „Jugend Musiziert”, the Concours Internationale de Mondidier and the London Royal Academy Competition of Music.
Since 2011 Sophia Steckeler is the principal solo harpist of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. She previously held the same position in the European Youth Orchestra, the Bundesjugendorchester and the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra where she played in concerts with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

stephenson

Laura STEPHENSON

Harpist

Laura Stephenson has studied primarily with the renowned harpist Judy Loman in Toronto, Canada. She has also had orchestra studies with legendary Alice Chalifoux. After a few years as principal harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and member of the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Laura moved to Sweden to take on the solo harp position with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. As a long-time member of one of Nordens most established new-music groups Kammarensemblen, Laura has been actively advocating for and commissioning the classical music of our time.
Ms. Stephenson has been teaching at Lilla Akademien for many years and has recently taken on the position at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

(fotograf: Björn Carlén)
(fotograf: Björn Carlén)

Delphine CONSTANTIN-REZNIK

Harpist

hakim

Dr. Naji HAKIM

Composer In-Residenve

Bio: Naji Subhy Paul Irénée HAKIM was born in Beirut , 31 October, 1955. He studied with Jean Langlais (organ), Evelyne Aïello (conducting), and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris – classes of Roger Boutry (harmony), Jean-Claude Henry (counterpoint), Marcel Bitsch (fugue), Rolande Falcinelli (organ), Jacques Castérède (analysis) and Serge Nigg (orchestration),
where he was awarded seven first prizes.

He is a licentiate teacher in organ from Trinity College of Music in London and won ten first prizes at international organ and composition competitions. In 1991 he was awarded the Prix André Caplet from the Académie des Beaux-Arts and in 2009 the Premier Prix du Concours de Musique Sacrée de la Cathédrale de Monaco. At first organist of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Paris from 1985 until 1993, he then became organist of l’église de la Trinité, in succession to Olivier Messiaen, from 1993 until 2008.

He is professor of musical analysis at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt, and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, member of the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae in Rome and Doctor honoris causa of the Pontifical University Saint-Esprit of Kaslik, Lebanon .

In 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI awarded Naji Hakim The Augustae crucis insigne pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, for his excellent commitment and work for the benefit of the Church and the Holy Father. His works include instrumental music (organ, flute, bassoon, horn, trumpet, harp, guitar, violin, piano), symphonic music (Les Noces de l’Agneau, Hymne de l’Univers, Ouverture Libanaise, Påskeblomst, Augsburger Symphonie, five organ concertos, a violin concerto, a piano concerto), and vocal music (oratorio Saul de Tarse, cantata Phèdre, Magnificat and four masses).

Naji Hakim is married to Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, organist, composer and musicologist. They have two children: Katia-Sofía, poet, pianist and musicologist, and Jean-Paul, lawyer, pianist and composer.

Camerata Ostrogothia

Ensemble

(fotograf: Björn Carlén)
(fotograf: Björn Carlén)

Roman REZNIK

Conductor

Roman REZNIK (biography) ”Roman Reznik , Co-principal bassoonist of Oslo Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, was described by the leading Norwegian newspaper ” Dagbladet ”as” a rare musician, who gives so much of himself and has an outstanding musicality”.

The famous ”Times magazine” wrote about him: ” a characterful musician who often attracts the spotlights” (review from BBC Proms Festival, 2017).

Roman Reznik was studying bassoon in Vienna, Berlin and Basel Music Academies with prominent teachers such as Milan Turkovic, Eckart Huebner and Sergio Azzolini. He became very interested into conducting just a couple of years ago, studied conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music, at the Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiev and has been participating in numerous masterclasses with renowned teachers such as: Jorma Panula, Neeme Jarvi, Atso Almila, Alexander Polianichko, Gunter Neuhold.

During the 2017/18 season, his conducting career has been developing rapidly and Roman Reznik has already conducted orchestras such as: Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Seinajoki Symphony Orchestra Finland, Kharkiv Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, I cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tomsk Philharmonic (Russia).

In August 2018 he had a very successful debut at one of the major music festivals in Germany,”Choriner Musiksommer”, together with the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra(Poland), both as a conductor and a soloist. He returned to conduct Szczecin Philharmonic this spring. Recently Roman also made his debut at ” Fjordcadenza festival ”in Norway conducting the newly founded Norwegian Philharmonic Festival Orchestra which includes musicians from such orchestras as: Staatskapelle Dresden,Helsinki Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He also founded a new chamber orchestra, ”Camerata Ostrogothia”, composed of his former colleagues from Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

The ensemble gave a very acclaimed debut in Norrköping this February. As a conductor he already had the honour to collaborate with such great artists as Valeriy Sokolov and Johan Dalene. As a bassoon soloist he has performed major pieces of solo bassoon repertoire with orchestras such as Oslo Philharmonic, Minsk Chamber Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Oslo Symphony Orchestra.

He has commissioned and performed bassoon concertos by famous Norwegian composers Morten Gaathaug and Kjell Marcussen as well as the prominent Ukranian composer Yevhen Stankovych. As a guest principal bassoon Roman Reznik has performed with orchestras such as: Mahler Chamber, Konzerthaus Berlin, Royal Philharmonic Stockholm, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Sweden. He has occupied the chair of Principal Bassoon in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra betweeen 2008 and 2010.”

..And others!!