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
ELIZAVETA AGRAFENINA, SOPRANO
INGVILL SCHULTZE-FLOREY, MEZZOSOPRANO
TYLER RAY, TENOR
MAI GOTO, PIANO

MOMENTUM STRING QUARTET

& MONA LEVIN, HOST

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.


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PROGRAM
HOLOCAUST - JEWISH COMPOSERS IN THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS PERSEQUTED AND FORBIDDEN

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

BIOGRAPHIES
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).


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

Momentum String Quartet

Mona Levin, host

DATE
Saturday 22th of August
at 7.30 pm


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Ticket Info
ADULT NOK 295
Student NOK 235
Child NOK 195
Bergen Card 235
BT Card 235

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GRIEG in BERGEN 2020
22nd JULY to 9th AUGUST
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Evening Concerts start at 9 PM



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