2016 Performer Profiles:

No.5 – Hanne Skjelbred (viola)

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2016 Southwell Music Festival.

“The very high standard of Festival performances is due to the quality of our visiting musicians. I thought our audiences would enjoy getting to know some of these very special players and singers so we will be publishing a short series of profiles in the days leading up to the Festival. I am delighted to welcome Hanne Skjelbred to the festival for the first time this year.

I met Hanne at Prussia Cove in 2009 when we were both attending masterclasses. We sightread chamber music on some evenings and really enjoyed playing together. I am delighted she is able to attend the festival for the first time this year.”

Please introduce yourself

hannah skjelbred“I am a Norwegian viola player, born in Oslo but have been based in Berlin for three years. I have been freelancing from there, touring with orchestras such as Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber orchestra and also a year as principal with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

“I also visit chamber music festivals and last month I even did a very exciting trip to Iraq, playing chamber music in the Kurdish city Sulemanyah. When I have time off in Berlin I enjoy hanging out with friends and doing yoga.”

What piece are you most looking forward to playing at the Festival?

“I am playing Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Strauss Metamorphosen in Southwell which are both two of my favorites from the chamber music repertoire. I’ve played Schönberg many times before but never get tired of it.

I have never played or even heard Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius before so that will be exciting as well!”

What projects do you have coming up after the Festival?

“Since I have been living in Berlin my life has included a lot of traveling. So this year I am trying something new: living and working in the same place. I am moving to Gothenburg in Sweden this summer to start my new job as principal viola with the Gothenburg Opera. I am really excited for the new challenge, but before that, I am very excited to come to Southwell!”

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