SONOKO MIRIAM SHIMANO WELDE, VIOLIN (1996) is the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s competition “Virtuos”.
Since her first performance with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine, she has appeared as a soloist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Zagreb Soloists, Oslo Camerata, Ung Symfoni and the Estonian Chamber Orchestra with conductors including Andrew Litton, Rory Macdonald, Johannes Gustavsson and Peter Szilvay.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Sonoko Miriam has performed with many leading musicians, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Tabea Zimmermann, Clemens Hagen, and Itamar Golan and has been invited to many festivals for both chamber music and recitals, including Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Bergen International Festival, ArtLink (Belgrade), Røros Vinterfestspill, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Bad Ragaz “Next Generation” Festival, the Harpa Festival (Reykjavik), Norsjø Chamber Music Festival.
Her principle teacher in recent years has been Prof. Stephan Barratt-Due and from April 2016 she studies with Prof. Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin, while also regularly receiving lessons from violinist Vilde Frang.
Sonoko Miriam recently performed at the Oslo Philharmonic 2016 summer concert and has been chosen for their prestigious Crescendo mentoring programme. She returned to perform the Sibelius violin concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Autumn 2016 as part of the “Virtuos” competition. She was also awarded the Statoil Talent 2016 Scholarship.
Sonoko Miriam plays a 1714 Alessandro Gagliano kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.
AMALIE STALHEIM, VIOLONCELLO - born into a musical family, music was a natural choice of path for cellist Amalie Stalheim. She started playing the cello when she was 6 years old at Bergen Culture School, and later she continued her studies at Barratt Due Music Institute.
Amalie is currently studying with Prof. Torleif Thedéen at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Edsberg Manor.
As a soloist Amalie has performed with Bergen Philharmonich Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Südwestdeutches Kammerorkester, Symphony Orchestra of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and several semi-professional orchestras in Norway and Sweden.
Amalie is a 1st-prize winner of the Ljunggren Music Competition (2015), 1st-prize winner of the Young Musician Competition (2012) in Norway, and winner of numerous prizes and scholarships at international festivals and competition.
Amalie was chosen to be "Young Swedish Soloist 2016" at Scenkonst Sörmland, and was invited to give a solo recital at Julita Mansion in Sweden.
Amalie plays on a Swedish cello built by Peter Westerlund in 2016
OLE CHRISTIAN HAAGENRUD, PIANO (1989) is regarded as one of the most promising young pianists from Norway. He recently finished his studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music where he had professor Jens Harald Bratlie and professor Håvard Gimse as his teachers.
Ole Christian has received several prices and awards. In 2014 he was given the “Robert Levin Prize”. In 2008 he won the Norway's Young Musician Competition and was awarded the prize Musician of the Year.
Ole Christian performs regularly with orchestras in Norway. He has appeared in piano concertos by Liszt, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky with professional orchestras such as The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and The Norwegian Radio Orchestra on several occasions.
Ole Christian is a vivid chamber musician, and he regularly contributes to festivals in Norway and abroad. He has been playing with musicians such as Lars Anders Tomter, Henning Kraggerud and Arve Tellefsen. Many of Ole Christian's concerts have been broadcasted on both national and international television and radio. Solo and chamber music concerts have taken Ole Christian to Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. He has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The J.F Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Stephaniensaal in Graz, The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius, Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, The Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, Casa da Musica in Porto, The Grieg Hall in Bergen, the main stage at The Opera House in Oslo and in Oslo Concert Hall.
Ole Christian has received master classes and worked with great pianists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Jiri Hlinka, Boris Berman, Mikhail Voskresensky, Stephen Kovacevich, Andras Schiff, Matti Raekallio, Liv Glaser, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Håkon Austbø, Gordon Back, Dr. Frank Heneghan, Nelita True, Bernd Goetzke and Ilya Scheps.