Bernhardur Wilkinson FO
Bernhardur started his musical career at an early age as a chorister at Westminster Abbey.
He later went to the Royal Northern School of Music where he studied the flute. After finishing his Masters he secured the position of solo flautist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Bernhardur was a member of the highly successful Reykjavik Wind Quintet, touring world wide, recording many CD’s and playing at such places as the Carnegie hall, Wigmore hall and Sidney Opera house. He later became assistant conductor of the Iceland Symphony and was also guest conductor of the St Petersburg philharmonic and the Radio Orchestra in Sofie. He also conducted two choirs in Iceland, Hljómeyki and the Philharmonic choir. In 2003 Bernhardur moved to the Faroe Islands where he is the conductor of the Symphony orchestra and Torshavn Kammerkor.
Sanna Valvanne FI
Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde NO
Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde is the conductor and artistic director of the professional choir Kilden Vokalensemble as well as Den norske Studentersangforening and Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening, two leading academic choirs based at the University of Oslo.
Weyde is Assistant Professor of conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music and gives postgraduate classes in ensemble singing at the University of Agder.
Weyde regularly holds seminars, workshops and master classes, for both conductors and singers.
She is also a frequent jury member in several choir competitions.
She has contributed to numerous recordings; as a singer, as a flutist, and as a conductor.
Weyde has won several national and international competitions with her choirs and as a conductor e.g. at the International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition in Linz.
Garðar Cortes IS and Robert Sund SE
Garðar Cortes has been involved in many aspects of the Icelandic music scene. He founded the Singing School in Reykjavík and has been its principal from the beginning. He founded the Icelandic Opera and was the opera director for the first two decades. He has also worked as an opera singer, teacher, choir director and conductor and performed as such, domestically and abroad. Garðar has received various awards for his initiative and work in music, such as the first Bröste Optimism Prize for the establishment of the Icelandic Opera. He has also been honored with the Icelandic word for falcon and received the Visa Culture Prize.
Robert Sund sings, plays, arranges, composes and conducts. As a singer he has been a member of the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the legendary Kvintetten Olsson. For 10 years he has been pianist and singer in the jazz ensemble Trio Con Fuse. Robert arranges and composes mainly for choirs. He has written more than 700 works for different choir categories. For many years Robert was the conductor of the male choir Orphei Drängar and the mixed choir Allmänna Sången and he founded and was the leader of both the female choir La Cappella, the youth choir Uppsala Musikskolas Kammarkör and the Robert Sund Chamber Choir. He also has travelled all over the world as guest conductor and jury member at many choir competitions.
NEW ORIGINAL POP MUSIC
Morten Vinther Sørensen DK
Morten graduated from the masters programme at The Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg (DK) before joining The Real Group in 2010. He works with methods developed in The Real Group as well as Jim Daus Hjernøe’s ideas on “the intelligent choir” and over the years intention and connection have become two very important focuspoints.Morten is based in Germany and is currently working with Syng Selected, Postyr Project, Bonner Jazzchor and various activities connected to The Real Group Academy.
Anci Hjulström SE
Anci Hjulström is a singer, in several bands/ensembles, music actress, music and theatre director, pedagogue in music communication and coach in creativity. Educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg University, Anci has a Master in Fine Arts and different Theatre/Actors educations. She has long term cooperations creating scenic music performances with orchestras, bands, ensembles, choirs (e.g. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Folk Theatre in Gothenburg, Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, all kinds of choirs worldwide. Anci has given workshops and master classes in Music Communication with choirs, musicians, ensembles, music academies and opera houses. She is a member of the artistic board and co-creator of the pioneer Scenic Choir Amanda. Anci has been awarded as ”National Director” of The Swedish Choral Association 2010 and 2011 for her unique way of finding the personal voices of the choir singers and the Madeleine Uggla Award 2017 for inspiring Swedish Choirs to develop new kinds of creative concerts to reach a new audience.
ICELANDIC CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson IS
H. I. Thorsteinsson (b.1978) graduated from the department of musical education at the Reykjavík College of Music in 2001 and obtained his bachelor ́s degree in composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007. In 2008 Thorsteinsson completed a final examination in vocal studies from The Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts and the following year he completed two postgraduate diplomas, in composition and in choral conducting, from JAMK University of Applied Science in Jyväskylä, Finland. Thorsteinsson then sought further education in Estonia, at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, where he completed his master ́s degree in composition with distinction in 2011. Thorsteinsson currently conducts two choirs in Reykjavík: The Choir of Hamrahlíð College and Hljómeyki.
Sigrún Sævarsdóttir Griffiths IS
Sigrún Sævarsdóttir-Griffiths is a musician, educator and music leader, working within higher education as well as specialist artistic and community contexts across the UK, Europe, the US and Asia. Between 2008-2019 Sigrun was Course Leader of the Masters in Leadership Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she continues to lecture and lead artistic work. Sigrún is a visiting lecturer at the Iceland Arts Academy and leads creative music projects internationally, in a vast range of community contexts, particularly with vulnerable adults and children. She is founder and artistic director of MetamorPhonics, (https://www.metamorphonics.co.uk ) a community interest company establishing musical bands in collaboration with higher education institutions, orchestras and homeless charities around the world.
ICELANDIC FOLK MUSIC
Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson IS
Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson was chief conductor of the North-Iceland Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and Caput chamber orchestra for 18 years. He was music director of The Icelandic Opera for 5 years and has conducted the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra. Guðmundur Óli is conductor of South-Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He has been conductor of various choirs and is conductor of Kammerkór Norðurlands with whom he has worked since 2000.
Guðmundur Óli conducted workshops at Kórastefna við Mývatn 2003-2009 and workshops at the national choir festivals of Icelandic Male Choirs and Icelandic Female Choirs as well as the workshops at the Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival in Helsinki 2012 and the Nordklang festival in Helsingborg 2019.
Michael Mcglynn IE
Michael McGlynn is composer and Artistic Director for the vocal ensembles ANÚNA, M’ANAM and Systir. His compositions are performed all over the world by artists as diverse as Chanticleer and Sheryl Crow. ANÚNA is regarded as one of the finest choirs on the planet with a unique ethos that spans video game soundtracks to the BBC Proms. He was Eminent Scholar at Florida Atlantic University and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Arts and Humanities from University College Dublin. Michael is an accomplished film-maker, cold- water swimmer and not-very-skilled surfer. He lives with his family in Dublin, Ireland.