• For open minds



    FRONTSIDE aims to touch people´s hearts with exceptional chamber music, manifested in new and exciting concert formats.


    Our goal is to set the stage for musical encounters that touch all of our senses and provide the chamber music lover with the best of the best of the already known, while, at the same time, highlighting the hidden and previously unknown.


    FRONTSIDE is a festival to which you can bring both friends and family and join happenings like Grand Entrance of the Grand, in which the grand piano is put in position, bypassing a window on the second floor. The pianist Bengt Forsberg will be our guide for the journey of the Steinway from Copenhagen to Röda Sten Konsthall, including packing, transport and final hoisting, and will give us a sound sample once the grand is in place.


    Maybe You want to curl up with us to see a Charlie Chaplin silent movie set to live music or take a chance with Cards of Karin, where we, with a little help from the cards, help You determine what you will see next.


    For the gourmet, there is an interesting opportunity Thursday night, January 17th, to have Swedish master chef Ulf Wagner guide You in topics such as How does a Riesling Sound? and How does Vivaldi Smell? During this full evening, You will enjoy a 3 course menu of the season at the legendary sea food restaurant Sjömagasinet, accompanied by live music by Duo Granmo-Berg. What does taste have to do with music and what does music have to do with taste?


    On Friday, January 18th, there will be cross-over concerts at Odd Night Out followed by a peaceful brunch concert the day after, Saturday, January 19th. And on Sunday, January 20th, we are hosting a children's concert for those who really want to have some fun.


    Now, we really long for sharing musical inspiration from all over the world and bid You warmly welcome to the warmth at the Röda Sten Konsthall, situated right on the waterfront under the majestic Älvsborg Bridge, for four days of thrilling chamber music entertainment on the very highest international level.


    On the FRONTSIDE of Sweden.


    Karin Dornbusch
    Artistic Director



    Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival




    m / s Transatlantic



    The theme of the FRONTSIDE festival in 2019, m / s Transatlantic, links strongly to Gothenburg's location with the great Swedish-American Liners and the emigration to the United States in the 1800s and 1900s. A Breadcrumb trail of American music, which has influenced European art music, but also vice versa, runs throughout the festival. Many great European musicians and composers, as we all know, emigrated to the United States: Stravinsky, Bartók, Korngold, Schönberg and many more. The theme of the festival also relates to the situation at hand, where people emigrate and migrate more or less voluntarily and how this affects cultural and musical development.







    In addition to music by W. A. Mozart and Antonin Dvorak, a number of interesting female composers from both Europe and the U.S. will be featured, such as the Swedish composer and visionary, Elfrida Andrée (1841–1929), who was Sweden’s first cathedral organist, active in Gothenburg. Among participating musicians we find the well-known Norwegian composer and voice performer, Maja S. K. Ratkje.
    The works performed will be presented in a printed program. Each concert will have a presenter and a host/hostess who will gently and engagingly guide the audience through the concert.
    There will also be events for our sponsors and their business associates, such as a start-up evening with fine dining and superb music in the beautiful surroundings.




    Towards 2021


    The scale of the 2019 festival will be from Thursday to Sunday, January 17–20. In 2020 it will be expanded and in 2021 reach its full scale, when Gothenburg celebrates its 400th anniversary. Then there will be two weekends, like the two bridgeheads of the bridge that soars above the venue, filled with concerts and public talks. The weekdays in between will feature master classes in collaboration with the Gothenburg Academy of Music, evening concerts and late-night surprises.




    How it all started



    Swedish clarinetist Karin Dornbusch, having completed twelve successful years as artistic director of a well-known chamber music festival in Båstad, Sweden, felt a strong desire to develop further the chamber music format, the repertoire and the range of artists on the Swedish chamber music scene.


    When the entrepreneur Bob Kelly got in touch with her and suggested she create an international chamber music festival in the Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg, these ambitions began to solidify. A work group formed in the winter of 2017 and became in March 2018 the board of FRONTSIDE Chamber Music Society. The aim of the society was to launch and sustain FRONTSIDE – Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival, the city’s first international chamber music festival, with visionary ideas and innovative programs at the highest musical level, starting 17–20 January, 2019.




    The Board



    Karin Dornbusch, clarinetist and artistic director
    Paula af Malmborg Ward, composer
    Daniel Berg, marimba soloist
    Tobias Granmo, violinist
    Marielle Korend Larsson, expert on PR, communications and security
    Stephan Borgehammar, professor, administrator





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