CONDUCTORS & LEADERS
Let us introduce this year's conductors and leaders
We have a fantastic set of conductors and leaders for this year's Side by Side by El Sistema!
Here we introduce them one by one.
Ron Davis Alvarez
UPPER INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA
INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRABASIC ORCHESTRA
Ron started as one of El Sistema's violinists in his home country of Venezuala. Today, he is a household name in musical learning and travels around the world as a conductor and ambassador for El Sistema. In 2017 he was nominated for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize. Ron is the mastermind behind the Dream Orchestra project and one of Side by Side's artistic advisers.
UPPER VOICES CHOIR
Birgitta is active in Gothenburg, where she manages a comprehensive choir organisation for children and youths in Härlanda congregation. In 2016 she was named Sweden's Children's and Youth Choir Leader of the year and today she is a well received guest conductor throughout the country. Birgitta helped establish El Sistema in Sweden and is one of Side by Side's artistic advisers.
Anja is from Germany and has quickly established herself as a well-respected symphony and opera conductor in Europe. She has conducted operas in places such as Hannover and Kassel has been a guest conductor for many orchestras, among them Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the People's Opera in Vienna and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, which she visited in 2018.
Alexander is choirmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Choir and the Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble. At the international Grand Prix of choral singing in May 2015 Tours, France was awarded the festival’s director prize in memory of Arthur Oldham and in 2018 he was named choir conductor of the year by Föreningen Sveriges Körledare.
Hanna Ohlson Nordh
Hanna has a masters degree in orchestra conducting and has been a guest conductor for, among others, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlandsoperan. Also Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen and Philharmonische Kammerorchester Dresden in Germany.
Anders has double degrees in the recorder and a past in musical science. He has his musical home in medieval and renaissance music both as a musician and a sought-after teacher. In addition to the recorder, Anders also plays several other medieval instruments and is a member of the Medieval Ensemble Ambrosia.
Sten Källman & Erika Risinger
Sten is a musician, composer and arranger, and teaches world music at the University of Gothenburg. He is passionate about integrating music from different cultures, with a special focus on music from Haiti. not the least through his band Simbi.
Erika is a musician and teacher as well as a music laureate with roots in Skåne and Dalarna. She has studied classical violin in Falun and Copenhagen as well as world music in Gothenburg and is recognized from bands like Sallyswag and Navarra.
Magnus has solid experience as a music teacher, musician and music therapist in Sweden and abroad. He works with Angered School of the Arts and has been course leader at the music teacher program as well as a teacher in music didactics for lower ages at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.
Måns Carlsson & Elvira Wall
Måns och Elvira are both singers and musicians and work at the Gothenburg School of the Arts with singing and rhythmics for the youngest. They are also both active freelance musicians. Måns and Elvira have long experience in meeting young children with song, music and rhythmics.
Lina Molander Ekström
The leaders for BEGINNERS’ ORCHESTRA are all teachers at the Schools of the Arts in Gothenburg and established freelance musicians.
Emma-Lina receives those who want to play brass instruments, those who play stringed instruments will meet Lina or Tobias & Marie, and the wooden blowers will get acquainted with Willy. More leaders may be added later on.
AMANDA FLODIN & TORE SUNESSON
Amanda is a mezzo soprano and together with her norm creative opera company Man Must Sing she has created works such as the chamber opera Akvarium. Together with Utomjordiska she created the show Witch, Bitch, Temptress,
Tore is a trained music teacher, an experienced pianist and a member of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Vocal Ensamble. Since 1990 he sings and tours with the Vocal Quartet VOX.
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& Göteborgs Symfoniker 2018