An absolutely out-of-the-box performance by one of Sweden’s most creative and sought string quartets recently reviewed by Gramophone as ‘An Excellent Quartet’. The concert starts with a tribute to Nordic classical music and ends on a modern note with a tribute to Philip Glass, Jimi Hendrix and the solid-gold ABBA group.
PER OMAN | Violin
MATS OLOFSSON| Cello
TONY BAUER | Viola
PETER OLOFSSON | Violin
Baabdath | Maronite Parish Hall
8:00 pm | Free Entrance
W. STENHAMMAR (1871 – 1927)
Lodolezzi sjunger (Lodolezzi sings) suite for string quartet, Op. 39
F. SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)
String Quartet in C Major, D.46
Adagio – Allegro con moto
Andante con moto
Menuetto. Allegro – Trio
A. HILLBORG (b. 1954)
P. GLASS (b. 1937)
Quartet No. 3, ‘Mishima’
J. HENDRIX (1942 – 1970)
Per Öman studied at the Royal Academy of music in Stockholm. Later on also at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, USA.
During many years he was a member of the Yggdrasil quartet before joining the Stenhammar quartet. Per is leader of Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s second violins and also teach chamber music at the Royal Academy.
Per has a 1683 Ruggieri violin lent to him by the Järnåker foundation.
Mats Olofsson is one of the leading Swedish cello players of his generation, appreciated for his versatile approach to all styles of music. He holds the position of principal cellist in the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Sweden, and is also a very active chamber musician. His extensive repertoire includes works ranging from jazz and folk music to baroque music and contemporary works with interactive media.
Mats Olofsson has toured as chamber musician all over the world; recent performances in USA, Canada, Japan, China, India have further established his reputation as one of the most interesting and versatile players around. He studied baroque cello in Boston and his interest in baroque music has lead to collaborations with leading performers such as Phoebe Carrai, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen, Dan Laurin and Richard Lester. He is also member of the ‘Stenhammar Quartet’, as well as of the baroque ensemble Paradiso Musicale and his stable members Dan Laurin, recorder, Anna Paradiso, harpsichord, Jonas Nordberg lute. With both ensembles he records regularly for BIS. He plays also with the ensemble ‘Pearls for Swines’, which has gained a lot of attention for his non-conventional performances in the field of contemporary music, and has received many prizes, such as the ‘Nordiska Komponistrådets Pris’. “Pearls for Swines” has commissioned more than 200 works and has recorded for Caprice and Phono Svecia.
Violist Tony Bauer was born in Vasteras Sweden. He started early with music as a singer in a boyschoir, then moved on to The Academy of Music in Stockholm where he studied the viola with Zahari Tchavdarov. In 1986 he won the First Prize in the Nordic Viola Competition. A scholarship made it possible for Tony to move to London where he studied with Mr. David Takeno at the famous Guildhall School of Music. In 1988-89, Tony played in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm. In 1989-90 he performed with the Denmark Radio Orchestra. In 1991-92 he joined the Swedish Radio Orchestra and from 1992 till 1996 Tony performed as a soloist with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra in Sweden. Tony was behind the initiative of forming the Stenhammar Quartet whose recordings have been nominated to the Grammy Awards. In 1996, Tony joined again the Swedish Radio Orchestra where he currently enjoys playing under the baton of its chief conductor Daniel Harding. Tony plays an Italian Viola, C. Farotto, 1920.
Peter Olofsson studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen and privately in London with D. Takeno. He was the Concertmaster of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra- and soloist from 1992 untill 2002 and since then, Concertmaster of the Gavle Symphony Orchestra. Peter has also been a permanent member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1986. He plays a 1795 F. Gagliano violin on loan from the Järnåker Foundation.