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!
Ron Davis Alvarez
UPPER INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA
INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRABASIC ORCHESTRA
Ron started as one of El Sistema's violinists in his home country of Venezuela. 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. In 2020 he was awarded Göran Lagervalls pedagogstipendium by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
UPPER VOICES CHOIR
PRE-UPPER VOICES CHOIR
Birgitta is active in Gothenburg, where she manages a comprehensive choir organisation for children and youths in Härlanda Parish. 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.
Emil has in a short period of time established himself as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. He has worked with large ensembles throughout the Nordics, like the Royal Philharmonics, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra. Emil has been awarded Kungliga Musikaliska Akademins Nationella Musikstipendium three years in a row. In 2015 he won the Crusell scholarship and in 2019 he was awarded one of Sweden's most prestigious music scholarships: Sixten Gemzéus stora musikstipendium.
Daniela was born in Rome and is a trained orchestra conductor. She has been hired by the Belgian Chamber Philharmonic, the HR Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Opera och Frankfurt Museum Orchestra. In 2017 she was a semi finalist at Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt and her interpretation of Eugen Onegin at Staatstheater Darmstadt (2017) was awarded the prize for best musical interpretation at Hessian Theatre Days.
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.
Maria is a trained choir conductor and has studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the University of Vienna, and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She is the leader of the Swedish Youth Choir (SVUK) as well as lead singer for Allmänna Sången, in addition to this she teaches the prestigious Adolf Fredrik's Music Classes in choral singing and lectures internationally. At the Vienna Competition for Young Choir Conductors, Maria was awarded the prize for "Best interpretation of a romantic work".
Marjolein has a double degree in flute and wind band conducting. She grew up in the southern Netherlands where there is a big tradition in wind band music, and she has worked a lot with youth orchestras. Marjolein is a flutist in the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and has attended Side by Side for several years as an instructor and conductor for the older participants.
Sten is a musician, composer, arranger, and folk and world music. He is passionate about integrating music from different cultures, with a special focus on music from Haiti. not the least through his band Simbi. Sten is the Artistic Leader of World Wide Orchestra. He was awarded the Swedish Planeta Prize Inspirator of the Year in 2021.
Sofia is a violinist, teacher and head of the world music program at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. She loves enabling meetings between musicians and loves a good swing! Sofia can be seen in the swing collective Cats and Dinosaurs, the Balkan band Trio Katastrofa, and indie pop band Winhill/Losehill.
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.
Christel is a music teacher and music therapist. She works in Partille School of the Arts with choir and orchestra for students with special needs and also teaches music in the elementary and special-aid elementary schools. She likes using images, signs and colors as teaching-aids.
Yvonne took her organist degree in 1999 from Högskolan för scen och musik in Göteborg, where she is currently doing a master's degree in choir conducting She has a lot of experience with different boy's, girl's, and youth choirs and are currently working as an organist in Lerum Parish.
Christina has an education form Musikhögskolan i Göteborg. As part of her work as an organist in Varberg Parish she leads Boys` voice – Varberg's boy's choir – which recently recorded a CD, Christina has earlier worked with children and youth choirs in places like Hammarkullen in Göteborg, and in Onsala.
Måns Ottosson & Maria Caskie
Måns and Maria work at City School of the Arts in Gothenburg and are also experienced freelance musicians and / -singers. They specialize in teaching song and music to the youngest children and focus a lot on engaging the participants with fun and rhythmic exercises.
Lina Molander Ekström
The leaders for BEGINNERS’ ORCHESTRA are all teachers at the Schools of the Arts in Gothenburg and established freelance musicians. Anna receives those who play brass instruments, those who play string instruments will meet Lina or Tobias; and the woodwinds will get acquainted with Willy.
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