ENSEMBLES 2009

Kurdish String Orchestra

Kurdish String Orchestra

 

The Orchestrai Shedari Kurdistan - Kurdish String Orchestra - was founded in 2006. It comprises musicians from all parts of the Kurdistan-region of Iraq, many of them are young graduates from the Institutes of Fine Arts of Sulaimanya, Erbil and Dohuk. The Kurdish String Orchestra has participated in many Festivals inside the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. It has also established regular contacts with musicians in countries such as Austria, Sweden and the USA. In 2007 the Kurdish String Orchestra participated in the first ever Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna and has reached the 2nd place (with excellent success) in the festival's competition. In August 2008 the Kurdish String Orchestra participated in a workshop held by the American voice organization with violinist Marc Theyer and cellist James Nacy. In 2009, the Swedish conductor (conductora swedyaka ) Daniel Bjorkdahl performed a concert with the Kurdish String Orchestra in Erbil and Sulaimanya. The Orchestra wishes to bring peace instead of war and to bring calmness instead of anxiety through classical music.

 

 

 

Ante Skaug

Ante Skaug

Conductor

 

Ante Skaug started his education in music and percussion at the Foss Vidregående College, received undergraduate degrees in percussion education at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and in orchestral and choir conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he also studied choir and bigband conducting. In 2004 he received a postgraduate diploma in conducting with distinction at Trinity College of Music in London under Peter Stark. He has also participated in various courses and master classes in conducting held by Christian Eggen, Alan Gilbert, Esa - Peka Salonen, Mark Wigglesworth and Peter Stark.
He has played percussion for numerous orchestras in Norway, Sweden and the UK, such as for the Barrat Dues Symphony orchestra (Norway), St. Pauls Symphony Orchestra (London), the Sami Sinfionetta (Stockholm) and the Ålesund Baroque Orchestra (Norway).
Among others, he has conducted the SAMI orchestra, the Radio Orchestra, the Royal Opera Orchestra and Stockholm’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Drottningholms Baroque Ensemble and the Swedish Radio Choir. From 2000 to 2003 he was the head conductor of Vårkören, Stockholm. In 2004 he was guest conductor of the Southend Philharmonic Orchestra (England).
Other activities include a recording with the Norwegian Forces Band, a premiere concert of Symphonic Jazz Improvisation music for windband, with the Östgöta Wind Orchestra and charity concerts in Manila, Philippines, with the Manila Philharmonic and the Philippines Philharmonic.
He was the conductor and leader of the wind orchestra at the private music school „Lilla Akademien“ in Stockholm and is currently its head of the wind and brass ensemble.

 

 

Celebration Program

 

G.F. Händel: Concerto grosso op.6/No.5 in D major
1st movement – Laghetto e staccato
2nd movement – Allegro
3rd movement - Presto
Sibelius: “Andante festivo”
H. Gustav: “St. Paul’s Suite”
G. Edvard: “Anitra’s Dance” Op. 46 No.3
K. Mahmood: “Khalsya”

 

 

Additional Concerts Program

 

Sibelius:   „Andante festivo”
H. Gustav:   “St. Paul’s Suite”
G. Edvard:   “Anitra’s Dance”
K. Mahmood:   “Khalsya”
L. Oskar:   “Adagio (Pingst)”
G. Edvard:   “Solveig’s song”
Arez O.M.:   “Hae yaran”