Momentum String Quartet - 
                    Elizaveta Agrafenina, soprano - Grieg in Bergen 2020
HOLOCAUST - Jewish Composers in the Concentration Camps
MON 17. & WED 19. AUG at 7.30 pm



During Holocaust, jewish composers imprisoned in the concentration camps showed a remarkable creativity in both composing and re-arranging both their own as well as other composers music, all by memory, as there of obvisious reasons were no printed music available. They also had very limited access to find and use instruments in the camps, knowing  also very well that they, together with the musicians, could be sendt to the gas chambers at any time, which in most cases became the truth. Modern research has revealed some of this music, and this concert is a dedication and memorial of these artists, who despite the absolutely cruel environment, demonstrated that human mind, creativity and heritage of culture always will win over evilness.


I. LILIEN (1897-1964)
Quatre chansons des mendiants (1923)

P. HERMAN (1902-1944)
La Ceinture 1934 - La Dormeuse 1934

D. KATTENBURG (1920-1944)
From Palestijnse Liederen -1942

V. ULLMANN (1898-1944)
Third String Quartet

H. BOSMANS (1895-1952)
Lead kindly light (1945)

B. HANF (1894-1944)
Le Clair de Lune

D. SCHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
String Quartett No 2, Op 68
From Jewish Folk Poetry

The Russian-Norwegian soprano, ELIZAVETA AGRAFENINA is finishing her Masters in classical singing at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Sasja Hunnego. She has previously studied with Monica Groop at the Sibelius Academy ... in Finland and with Neil Mackie at the University of Agder in Norway.

Elizaveta is a part of the Young Artist Program at Bergen National Opera in Norway and took previously a year course at the Dutch National Opera Academy. For the season of 2019/2020, Elizaveta sung in Werther by Massenet at the Bergen National Opera in Norway and in several productions at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart.

Elizaveta is strongly committed to the performance of lied and chamber music and has given recitals in various halls in The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy and Indonesia together with pianists such as Kiril Kozlovsky, Satomi Chihara, Mariam Khataryan, Stephen Higgins, Jaap Kooi and Frans van Ruth. She is quickly becoming recognized for her musical versatility in a wide-ranging repertoire that spans the Baroque period through 21st century contemporary music. She has recently performed Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Shostakovitch’s From Jewish Folk Poetry and Six Songs by Alexander Blok op. 127 and Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 by Villa-Lobos with 8 Cellos lead by Jelena Ocic.

Elizaveta was granted a scholarship to study Italian language in Italy in 2018 and received an honorary music award from Norway in 2017. She formed DUO21 with Satomi Chihara in 2017 as well as the Finnish Chamber music festival Pyhäjärven Kamarimusiikki with Siiri Niittymaa where the goal is to perform more music by Female Composers.

She has followed masterclasses with Nelly Miricioiou (UK), Sir Thomas Allen (UK), Ira Siff (US), Margreet Honig (NL), Jeff Cohen (FR), Jeanette Favaro-Reuter (GER), Júlia Pászthy (HUN) and she has worked with conductors such as Matthew Rowe (NL), Thierry Fischer (CH), Frédéric Chaslin (FR), Masaaki Suzuki (JAP), Magnus Loddgard (NO), Peter Szilvay (NO), Wim Dijkstra (NL) and Ed Spanjaard (NL).

Mezzo-soprano INGVILD SCHULTZE-FLOREY from Bergen is a Master student at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, on a full scholarship from Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She has sung Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and at RNCM Mrs. Hildebrand in Weill’s Street Scene and Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillon to name a few. She was a finalist in the Strauss Prize 2018 and winner of the Alexander Young Prize 2016. Schultze-Florey has been on BNO’s/Edvard Grieg Choir's talent program Unge Stemmer since 2013, and in 2015 BNO commissioned the chamber opera Nadja’s Song by Lucy Armstrong for her. It premiered in Bergen before its UK premiere at Tête à Tête in London. Autumn 2018 she was Mercedes in BNO's chamber version of Carmen on tour, and spring 2019 she was selected as one of the five soloists for De Unges Konsert (Young Soloists Competition) to perform with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in April.

American tenor, TYLER RAY, is in demand both nationally and internationally as a tenor soloist and chamber singer, with a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance to new works.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Tyler holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from Friends University. In 2014, Tyler was one of four singers accepted to the prestigious Yale Voxtet program, where he earned his Master’s degree in Early Music Voice from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. During his time at Yale, he studied with the internationally renowned tenor James Taylor.

Solo performance highlights include Händel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Händel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (evangelist) with the Messiah Festival of the Arts, Händel’s Messiah with the American Baroque Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Yale Recital Chorus, Bach’s BWV 182 and 211 with Mountainside Baroque, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Yale Schola Cantorum under the baton of David Hill, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Yale Camerata, Bach’s Missa in G minor conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Pilate) with Yale Schola Cantorum, Bach’s BWV 10 conducted by Matthew Halls, Stravinsky’s Les Noces with Yale Camerata, and Haydn’s Creation (Uriel) with the Yale Glee Club conducted by Jeff Douma. Tyler currently resides in Bergen, and sings first tenor in Bergen’s professional ensemble Edvard Grieg Choir. An avid chamber musician, Tyler has worked with numerous professional ensembles, including GRAMMY nominated Seraphic Fire, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Thirteen, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Kinnara Ensemble and Vox Humana.

MOMENTUM STRING QUARTET started playing together in spring 2019 under guidance of Bjørg Lewis and Are Sandbakken at Norwegian State Academy of Music. The members are Anna Kolby Sonstad, violin - Maren Ohm Ballestad, violin - Nora Elida Svendsen Kvam, viola - Iver Bunkholt, cello. Each member has, despite their young age, already a wide experience inside chamber music. In Septmeber 2019 the quartet won the Midgard competetion (Midgardkonkurransen).

In the season 2019/20 Momentum participates in Young Quartet Series (Ung Kvartettserie), which is a part of Oslo Quartet Series, where they will take part in masterclasses under guidance of international acknowledged string quartets. The Momentum string quartet will also perform at Horten Chamber Music Festival as well as during Oslo Chamber Music Festival.

The Japanese pianist MAI GOTO graduated from Osaka University of Music and studied later at Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest). In 2012 she made her master degree in performing music at Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen. Mai Goto has received awards in the "Takatsuki Music Competition" and "The 19th International Young Musician Competition" in Japan. In 2009 she won 1st prize at the 24th International Music Competition Rovero d’Oro i Italia. Mai is a versatile musician and performs solo concerts, chamber music and as an accompanist. She has her base in Bergen, where she regularly plays concerts. In addition, she has appeared in several European countries, the United States and Japan.

Since 2016, Mai has participated as a performing artist and composer in children's theater with actress Karin Stautland. She also initiated «Issun Boshi – a Japanese Fairytale», performed in Reykjavik in 2019. Mai has been a regular performer at Grieg in Bergen Int Festival, together with Michael Süssmann or solo and at Arena klassisk «Show-case» in Oslo. She participated in Matteo Fargion´s " We have to dress gorgeously» during the Borealis Festival, in Bergen, Oslo and France. Mai appears frequently in solo recitals at «Siljustøl», the home of composer Harald Sæverud. Summer 2020 she will be festival artist at Fringe Festival, Reykjavik.

Concert Info
Elizaveta Agrafenina, soprano
Ingvild Schultze-Florey, mezzosoprano
Tyler Ray, tenor
Mai Goto, piano

Momentum String Quartet

Mona Levin, host

Saturday 22th of August
at 7.30 pm

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