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 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.
Alexander is choirmaster of the Gothenburg Orchestra Symphony Choir and the Gothenburg Orchestra Symphony Vocal Ensemble. At the international Grand Prix of choral singing in May 2015 in Tours, France, Alexander 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.
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.
WIND & STRING ORCHESTRA
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 for the oldest participants. And as a conductor since 2020.
The conductor for the wind orchestra will be presented at a later date.
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.
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 studying to be a choir master. 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.
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