Henning Kraggerud, Violin

Henning Kraggerud, Violin

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is an artist of exquisite musicianship, who combines an unusually sweet tone and beauty of expression with impressive virtuosity, drawing audiences and critics alike towards the genuine quality of his playing.

Henning maintains a busy diary as soloist with many of Europe’s major orchestras, building relationships with leading conductors. Last season saw him performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä, the Stuttgart Staatsorchester with Manfred Honeck and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Joseph Swensen, among many others. Henning has continued to further his career in the United States, appearing last season with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, where his “sweet, polished sound" and the “melting beauty" of his playing were praised by the New York Times. He performed again with the Cincinnati Symphony under Stéphane Denève, the Detroit Symphony under Peter Oundjian and the Seattle Symphony under Vassily Sinaisky. The end of the 09/10 season saw Henning perform at the BBC Proms in London with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard.

With a strong Scandinavian profile, Henning continues to work extensively in his home region, including recent concerts with the Helsingborg and Trondheim Symphony orchestras and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra with Jukka Pekka Saraste. He has maintained frequent collaborations with the Helsinki and Oslo Philharmonic and the Norwegian Chamber orchestras, as well as kept strong links with many of the Norwegian festivals. From 2011, Henning succeeds Leif Ove Andsnes as Artistic Director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music.

Highlights of the current season include re-invitations to the Bournemouth Symphony and Hallé orchestras, where he is a great favourite. He appears with SWD Philharmonie, and joins the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras. In North America, Henning makes a return visit to the Toronto Symphony Symphony and performs in recital at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Henning is increasingly in demand as a guest director, performing in this role with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and more recently at the City of London Festival with the Britten Sinfonia, who immediately re-invited him.

A committed chamber musician, Henning also performs both on violin and viola at the major international festivals; last season he participated in a ‘Szymanowski Focus’ at London’s Wigmore Hall curated by Piotr Anderszewski, and at the Verbier Festival with Joshua Bell and Leonidas Kavakos among others. Other frequent collaborators include Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland and Truls Mørk. This season, Henning joins the Risør Festival of Chamber Music on Tour, performing at London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

Adding to his multi-faceted career, Henning is an innovative improviser and composer, performing many of his own cadenzas and arrangements in concert, and several of his compositions have been performed at festivals worldwide.

Last season, Henning gave the first performance of Munch Suite for Solo Violin – a new and unique concert project consisting of fifteen new pieces by fifteen composers from around the world. Taking place at the Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum in Tønsberg, Norway, as part of the Vestfold International Festival, these pieces were inspired by the works of Edvard Munch and were performed in dialogue with the paintings themselves at an exclusive arts experience.

Henning has recorded many highly-acclaimed discs, including the complete unaccompanied Violin Sonatas by Ysaye for Simax for which he received the prestigious Spellemann CD award. Henning was also involved in making a major television & cinema documentary about the Norwegian violin virtuoso and composer, Ole Bull (1810-1880), released in November 2006 and more recently as an English language version. Henning received the Ole Bull Prize in 2007.

Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of Norway's prestigious Grieg Prize and in 2007 was awarded the Sibelius Prize for his interpretations and recording of Sibelius’ music throughout the world. Henning is a Professor at the Barratt-Due music conservatoire.

Henning Kraggerud plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesu, provided by Dextra Musica AS. This company is founded by Sparebankstiftelsen DnB NOR.
David Jones, Drums / Percussion

David Jones, Drums / Percussion

David is often described both locally and abroad as being one of the most innovative and musical drummers in the world, a true virtuoso musician.

In the hands (and feet) of David Jones, the drum kit comes alive as a mini-orchestra, vaudeville act, rhythmic explosion and hypnotic trance-inducer, all in one. Using sticks, brushes, mallets, fingers, elbows, violin bow, dish-mops, toys, brooms… and any percussion he can lay his hands on(!), David creates a universe of sounds, textures and rhythms that take you through different cultures, ages, moods and styles.

A true virtuoso musician, David has toured nationally and internationally and has performed and recorded in the genres of rock and pop, jazz, classical, cabaret, theatre, television and improvised works.

He has played and recorded with many great artists & bands, such as: James Morrison, John Farnham, Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, John Denver, Marcia Hines, Allan Zavod, Don Burrows, Debra Byrne, Rhonda Birchmore, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Larry Adler, Pyramid, Don McLean, Crossfire, AtmaSphere, MSO, SSO, WDR Big Band (Köln), Wycliffe Gordon, Wayne Bergeron, Chong Lim, David Campbell, David Hobson, Bill Wattros, Tony Gould, Dragon, Emily Remler, Mike Garson, Eartha Kitt, Ute Lemper, Bliss (UK), Stylus, Petula Clark, Fiona Burnett, Evripides Evripidou, Michael Johnson, and many others …

David was head of the jazz drum department at the Sydney Conservatorium for 8 years, and has since released 2 highly acclaimed drum instruction videos. He also regularly conducts drum workshop-concerts worldwide.
Robert Curran, Dancer

Robert Curran, Dancer

"The ultimate poetic and sensitive dancer"
Sunday Herald Sun

A graduate of The Australian Ballet School, Robert Curran joined The Australian Ballet in 1996 and was promoted to principal artist in 2002. During his time with the company he has performed in numerous classical and contemporary works by choreographers such as Kylián, Forsythe, Welch, Balanchine, Cranko, Baynes, Robbins and MacMillan, carving out a niche with his powerful partnering. Robert particularly enjoys the interaction with other dancers in the technical achievements of pas de deux and the creation of stories and feelings on stage. Robert has toured extensively overseas with The Australian Ballet, and a burgeoning interest in choreography has seen him create three works for the company's Bodytorque programme.
Laura Tong, Dancer

Laura Tong, Dancer

Laura was born in Whangarei, New Zealand and grew up in Northland, NZ, as well as living in Singapore and London. She started dancing at four when she began going along with her older sister to ballet and piano lessons. Laura studied with Maureen Ax, Phillipa Campbell and Joye Lowe in New Zealand, then at the English National Ballet School from 1998 to 2000. Upon graduation Laura entered the English National Ballet before joining The Australian Ballet in 2004. Key roles she performed with the English National Ballet include White Ladies in Etudes, lead Swans in Swan Lake, soloist in Paquita, Raymonda, Prayer in Coppélia, Winter Fairy in Cinderella, as well as roles in Romeo & Juliet, Nutcracker, Giselle, Rite of Spring, Les Sylphides, Trapeze, Square Dance.
Lucas Jervies, Choreographer

Lucas Jervies, Choreographer

Lucas studied dance at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He graduated with Honours in 1998 and in 1999 joined The Australian Ballet. Looking to expand his knowledge of physicality, Lucas searched for further professional experience in diverse genres, dancing with, amongst others - Opera Australia, Dance Works Rotterdam and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where, over the last five years, he has worked extensively with innovative choreographers Georg Reischl and Marco Goecke. Other acclaimed choreographers whose work Lucas has danced and or created with include Maurice Béjart, Gingras, Guy & Roni, Linning, Rudolf Nureyev, Page, Touzeau, Vreugdenhil and Ed Wubbe.

A choreographic interest has lived with Lucas from the beginning of his dance training. In 2005, Lucas was invited to create a piece for The Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque program and in 2007 was asked to present a work in Korzo Theatre’s (Den Haag) Spring Awakening Festival. In 2008 and 2009 Scapino Ballet invited Lucas to create works for Twools, their summer dance festival and in 2009 he was invited to create for The Stuttgart Ballet Noverre Society.
Andrew Killian, Dancer

Andrew Killian, Dancer

Melbourne-born Andrew Killian, a student of The Australian Ballet School, joined The Australian Ballet in 2000 and was promoted to senior artist for the 2009 season. During his time with The Australian Ballet Andrew has thoroughly enjoyed performing leading roles in the company's extensive classical repertoire including, Lescaut in Kenneth McMillan's Manon, Espada in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote, the Nutcracker Prince in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker, and the Cavalier in George Balanchine's Ballet Imperial. Andrew has also been involved in the creation of many new works including Stephen Baynes' Constant Variants and Tim Harbour's Wa, and has performed in all of The Australian Ballet's Bodytorque seasons. In this creative process Andrew enjoys working closely with choreographers and offers a unique versatility that places him in high demand. Andrew has toured with The Australian Ballet to New Zealand, Japan, China, the UK and France. Andrew was nominated for the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award in 2009
Emma Matthews, Soprano

Emma Matthews, Soprano

Soprano Emma Matthews is a Principal Artist with Opera Australia, for which she made her debut as Damigella in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea in 1993. She is now regarded as one of Australia’s most outstanding sopranos, equally at home with opera and concert repertoire.

For Opera Australia Emma has sung the title roles in Lulu, Lakmé, The Cunning Little Vixen and Lucia di Lammermoor. Other roles for the company have included Cleopatra in Julius Caesar, Zwaantie in Batavia, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette, the four heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Kostanze and Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Papagena and Pamina in The Magic Flute, Marie in La Fille du Regiment, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Almirena in Rinaldo.

Emma is equally in demand on the concert platform, embracing a wide repertoire including the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Brahms, Mahler Symphonies 2 and 4, Poulenc, Villa Lobos, Haydn Masses and Handel’s Messiah. Her Festival engagements include Philomele in The Love of the Nightingale by Richard Mills in Perth, Ismene in Mitridate, in Sydney, and appearances in Melbourne, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals. More recently Emma appeared as a special guest with José Carreras in his Sydney concerts, the New Year’s Eve Gala for Opera Australia and in Mozart’s C minor Mass with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Sydney Symphony.

In 2009 Emma made two significant role debuts as Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Opera Australia and as Gilda in Rigoletto for Opera Queensland, and repeated her highly successful portrayals of the four heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann for the State Opera of South Australia. Her solo album of bel canto arias, Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo was released by Universal / ABC Classics to much acclaim.

2010 has seen Emma make her UK debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen and perform Amina in La Sonnambula for Opera Australia. She will also perform Gilda in Rigoletto for OA and the solo soprano part in Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 with both Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo with conductor Yakov Kreizberg, and the Sydney Symphony with Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Roger Jonsson, Violin

Roger Jonsson, Violin

Roger Jonsson violin holds the position of Deputy Concertmaster with Orchestra Victoria. Originally from Sweden he has also worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Orchestra.