GRO SANDVIK, has served as solo flutist in the Bergen Philharmonic since 1967. Her exceptional versatility is evidence of an intense interest in communication through music at all levels. She has an active career as soloist and chamber music performer, which includes premier performances of many works written especially for her, and the Scandinavian premier of John Corigliano's Concerto for Flute. Her philosophy of flute playing is derived from her private studies with Marcel Moyse. Ms. Sandvik holds a professorship in music performance at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. Her articles on flute playing in wind bands are widely recognized and she is a sought-after guest lecturer and flute educator. Gro Sandvik is often engaged as adjudicator and holds positions on several committees pertaining to Norwegian musical education and performance. Together with classical guitarist Stein Erik Olsen, she has been principal guest artist at international guitar festivals. She is Visiting Professor of Flute at The University of Iowa, School of Music for the Academic year 2006/2007.
STEINAR HANNEVOLD, solo oboist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977, brings a wealth of experience to his performance with the BWQ. Winning positions with the Oslo Philharmonic and the Stockholm Opera early in his career, he also served as a frequent substitute with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during his studies with Professor Karl Steins. In addition to many solo appearances with the Bergen Philharmonic, including the Norwegian premiere of the Edison Denisow, John Corigliano and John Harbison Oboe Concertos, Hannevold was also a featured soloist at the 1993 Inter-national Double Reed Society Conference in Minneapolis. Equally well known as an instructor, he teaches yearly at the Norwegian National Summer Orchestra Festival.
When Fredrik Fors, at the age of 15, made his debut in the Crusell Clarinet Concerto with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Television produced a much-acclaimed documentary about him. He followed this up with an international debut in 1990, playing the Jean Francaix Concerto with the Austrian Radio Orchestra. This work has later become somewhat of a signature work for him in, addition to the John Corigliano's Concerto, which he premiered in Scandinavia.
Fredrik Fors joined the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons in 1995 and has performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras in the Nordic countries and in Istanbul. He has appeared at many chamber music festivals all over Europe.
Fredrik Fors studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and later with such leading international clarinetists as Karl Leister, Yehuda Gilad, Anthony Pay and Richard Stoltzman. In 1993 he received the Juventus Prize from the Council of Europe and Foundation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. The present list of Juventus Laureates counts several of Europe's most interesting young musicians. For Fredrik Fors the prize has also led to an acclaimed recording for Harmonia Mundi, with works by Debussy, Martinu, Alban Berg, Busoni and Poulenc. American Record Guide recently called the recording 'one of the finest recitals of its kind'.
ILENE CHANON is solo horn of the Bergen Philharmonic and Assistant Professor at the Grieg Academy of Music, University of Bergen. Originally from Los Angeles, Ms. Chanon received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Southern California and her Master of Music Degree and PerformerÝs Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She first came to Scandinavia in 1992 and has held solo horn positions in the Gothenburg Opera and Malmo Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Ms. Chanon served as guest Principal Horn for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House in 2002. Also, as a member of the Crown City Brass Quintet from 2002-2003, she performed in California and New York. Prior to moving to Scandinavia, Ms. Chanon held principal horn posts with the Chattanooga Symphony and the Orchestra of Santa Fe. Ilene Chanon performed Beyond Neon, concerto for horn and orchestra by Olav Anton Thommessen at the Bergen International Festival. She was a Featured Artist and member of the Faculty at the 2008 Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, and a contributing artist at the 25th annual International Horn Society Workshop at Florida State University.
PER HANNEVOLD has been principal bassoon of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 1979. He is a Professor at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. In 1995 with the BPO he presented the world premiere of Illuminations, a concerto dedicated to him by Norwegian composer Ruth Bakke.
In 2001 he performed John Williams's concerto Five Sacred Trees. In 1999 he was a juror for the twenty-fourth Concour International d'Instruments à Vent in Toulon, France; he also performed in Taiwan and in a Lincoln Center concert featuring principal players from leading orchestras honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
During 2001 he toured Lithuania as soloist and presented master classes in Kaunas. He has presented master classes and served as a juror at the bassoon competition in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Mr. Hannevold, has been a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1993. He and bassoonist John Miller run annual symposiums in the U.S. and Bergen.
He studied with Arnulf Brachel in Oslo and Knut Sønstevold in Stockholm. Grants enabled study in the U.S. with Harold Goltzer and Louis Skinner. He has studied conducting with Aldo Ceccato and Sergiu Celibidache.
The Hannevold/Miller Bassoon symposium
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We mourn the untimely death of our dear clarinetist after 26 years in the quintet.
LARS KRISTIAN HOLM BRYNILDSEN was the solo clarinetist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 1979-2005, having previously held the same position with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. In great demand as a soloist, he performed the Norwegian premieres of the Françaix and Scrowaczewski Clarinet Concertos. For his superb technical mastery of the instrument, Mr. Brynildsen gave credit to early studies with some of the world's foremost teachers, including Dieter Klöcker at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg and Guy Deplus in Paris. Mr. Brynildsen also had an international reputation as a conductor of bands, earned during his many years as Music Director of the Bergen Symphonic Band, which won two national competitions under his leadership.
The Bergen Woodwind Quintet website