CLARA SCHUMANN AND HER CONTEMPORARIES
MAI GOTO, PIANO
Clara Schumann, married to Robert Schumann, mother of 8 children, one of the best concert pianists of the time and one of the most significant female composers
in the German romantic era. Already from her teens she was considered a very good pianist and travelled around on concert tours. Her concerts became extremely popular. Clara and Robert Schumann’s close friend Johannes Brahms became an important support for Clara after Roberts death. Among others was also Liszt who frequently visited the Schumann family.
C. SCHUMANN (1819-1896)
3 Lieder Op 12
I Er ist gekommen in sturm und
II Liebst du um schönheit
III Warum willst du and´re fragen
6 Lieder Op 13
I Ich Stand in dunkle Träumen
II Sie lieben sich beiden
IV Der Mond kommet still gegangen
V Ich hab´in deinem Auge
VI Die stille Lotosblume
Larghetto Op 15
F. LISZT (1811-1886)
Arrangement of R. Schumann’s Widmung
R. SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
A selection of songs from Frauenliebe und Leben Op 42
Mondnacht Op 39 No 5
J. BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Ständchen Op 106
Meine Liebe Ist grün Op 59
E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
To brune øyne
Jeg elsker deg
F. LISZT (1811-1886)
Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
S 173 No 4 Pensée des morts
finished with the best grade possible. She was accepted in the post degree studies at the The Royal Danish Music Conservatory where the final exam was a public debut concert. Sunniva´s debut concert in 2013 took place in Christianskirken in Copenhagen. She performed a concert consisting of early music with Holmens Barock Ensemble and Jakob Stevns-Lorentzen as musical director, and contemporary music with flute and guitar.
In Denmark Sunniva had docent Susanna Eken as her main supervisor. She received her educational studies at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.
Sunniva has been invited to perform as a soloist on many occasions such as Johann Sebastian Bach´s Christmas Oratorio, Easter Oratorio, Johannes-passion, Händel´s Messiah and have participated in numerous operas. She has given many recitals both as a soloist and in different kinds of ensembles in venues such as Håkonshallen in Bergen, Sankt Paul Kirke in Copenhagen, Fana Kulturhus, Eidfjord Gamle Kyrkje. She was invited as a guest artist during the Usedom Music festival in Poland.
Sunniva has been touring extensively with Rikskonsertene in Hordaland and on the Orkn Islands with the program called “The singer” and she has been involved in the cooperational- project in different schools and Bergen National Opera. Amongst other she toured with a program called “Don Giovanni´s ladies”.
For several years she has done lunch concert in different venues in the center of Bergen. In these concerts she cooperated with pianist Mai Goto, they did a program about Edward Grieg´s life and music.
Currently Sunniva is, besides performing concerts, working as a vocal teacher in Nittedal and Nesodden kulturskole in addition to teach young members of the “Det Norske Jentekor”.
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
ArtistsSunniva Lien Olsen, soprano
Mai Goto, piano
DateMon 26.07 and
Wed 28.07 at 7.30 pm