Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival


    Frontside Light-Let the music sound!

    “Why start a music festival?”

    “Because it’s a joy!”

    Bob Kelly, initiator

    Photo Credit: SOIC


    Let the music sound!


    15th-17th of January 2021

    The concerts are this year for free with a possibility donate.

    The Covid-19 epidemic has fundamentally altered conditions for public events. We have had to retire further and realize that we will not be able to give any concerts at all with an audience present. Since we nevertheless feel a responsibility towards the artists to give them the concerts they have been promised. Their situation is already precarious due to many cancelled or postponed events. We also feel a responsibility towards you, our audience who now live in very trying circumstances and want to give you musical experiences in these dark times. In cooperation with Music in Älvsborg, Älvsborgs Parish we will send the festival entirely in a livestreamed format.
    This special situation of course, has consequences. We will make an intermit in our tetralogy with the four cardinal directions outgoing from the harbour city Gothenburg.


    Due to changes of artists and the livestreaming format, the festival program had to be changed to a “special edition” adapted to the pandemic condition. The focus is the power of music as a light in the dark. The programme presents a hugh diversity of music from 16th century music until pure fresh written new music. Some oft he pieces from the original planed programme will also appear as a taste of what will come 2023. The Zemlinsky Quartet will be able to participate by recording a whole concert in Prague, programmed exclusively for the festival. The other artists not living in Sweden, the soprano Camilla Tilling, the pianist Paul Rivinius, the lutenist Rolf Lislevand and the cellist Jesper Svedberg unfortunately do not have this possibility. We are looking forward to engage them for the 2023 festival to perform in the postponed festival programm Direction 57° North, suitable to the official celebration of Gothenburgs 400-years anniversary. Also the Childrens Concert with the Gothenburg Combo and Ayla Kabaca needs the live audience with interacting children and will therefore be postponed to 2023. Instead we are very glad to present the eminent swedish musicians baroque cellist Mime Brinkmann, lutenist Karl Nyhlin and the cellist Jakob Koranyi.


    One of the key pieces 2021 is the french composer Olivier Messiaens Quartet to the End of the time. A piece that can hardly not leave anyone unmoved. The story behind is important: During the second World War Messiaen was captured by the German army imprisoned in a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz. Messiaen got paper and a pencil to finish his emotional and deep religious quartet in this horrible situation. The quartet was premiered at the camp 15th of January 1941 with Messiaen at the piano and three other professional musicians that where among his fellow prisoners. The musicians had decrepit instruments with missing pianokeys and strings. It must have bin cold. The situation hardly not possible to understand. The audience where of about 400 fellow prisoners and guards. Messiaen later recalled: "Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension."


    Messiaens got his inspiration from Theo of Revelation ( Rev 10:1-2, 5-7, King James Version) and is written in the Preface to the score:


    And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire ... and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth .... And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever ... that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished ...

  • Participating Artists 2021

    Anders Carlsson, musicologist
    Anna Petrini, recorder

    Daniel Berg, marimba
    Hans Davidsson, organ

    Jakob Koranyi, cello
    Karin Dornbusch, clarinet

    Karl Nyhlin, theorbe, barocke guitar
    Malin Broman, violin, viola, baroque violin

    Mime Brinkmann, baroque cello

    Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
    Palle Dahlstedt, live electronics, composer
    Paula af Malmborg Ward, composer

    Tobias Granmo, violin
    Zemlinsky Quartet: František Souček & Petr Střížek, violin; Petr Holman, viola; Vladimír Fortin, cello

  • Presentations of participating artists 2021

    Karin Dornbusch

    Clarinet, Presentation

    Swedish-born clarinetist Karin Dornbusch (b. 1971) has been much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician since completing her studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany and the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland. Her active schedule includes performances as a featured soloist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Musica Vitae together with conductors like Armin Jordan, Daniel Harding, Pavle Dešpalj, Arvo Volmer and Petri Sakari. In the press, she has been referred to as one of the promising young stars of the clarinet and with each new performance continues to inspire and impress her audiences and critics alike. She has appeared several times on radio and television, including a solo performance recorded live by Swedish Television (SVT) at the 1997 Nobel Prize Awards ceremony. She has also been awarded many prizes and has recorded two CD s for Caprice Records. Her third CD, “Nordic Clarinet Concertos”, including works by Carl Nielsen, Jouni Kaipainen and John Fernström, was nominated for the Swedish CD-Prize “Grammis 2007” in the category “Classical Soloist of the Year”. Since autumn 2004, Karin is one of the Artistic Directors of Camerata Variabile in Basel, Switzerland. From 2006 to 2017 she was Artistic Director of the Båstad Chamber Music Festival, Sweden. Since 2018 she is Artistic Director of FRONTSIDE – Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival, which she initiated.



    Paula af Malmborg Ward

    Composer, performer, presentation

    Paula af Malmborg Ward (b. 1962) is a prolific composer of, mainly, musical drama and orchestral works. She has collaborated with Gustavo Dudamel, Neeme Järvi, Mats Rondin, Kent Nagano and others. Her most recent work is an opera with libretto by Kerstin Perski, “Mytomania”, due to be premiered at the Göteborg Opera in 2021.

    Paula is member of the board of FRONTSIDE Chamber Music Society and of Kalvfestivalen Society. She is also a Fellow of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.



    The Zemlinsky Quartet

    The Zemlinsky Quartet consists of:
    František Souček, first violin; Petr Střížek, second violin; Petr Holman, viola; and Vladimir Fortín, cello.


    Since its inception in 1994, the Zemlinsky Quartet has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. So far, the Zemlinsky Quartet has toured extensively on four continents. The repertoire of the ensemble is far-ranging, containing more than 200 works by many leading composers, including contemporary music.


    In 2014, the Zemlinsky Quartet became just the fourth quartet in history to record the complete string quartets of Antonín Dvořák.
    In 2006–2011, the quartet served as Assistant Quartet-in-Residence at Musik-Akademie Basel in Switzerland.
    Recently, F. Souček and P. Holman have been made professors at the Prague Conservatory.



    Anna Petrini


    Recorder player Anna Petrini (b. 1978) performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, in the scene for contemporary and, lately, also improvised music. Being trained as a classical recorder player, she feels at home both in early music and in the contemporary repertoire.


    Petrini enjoys a diverse concert activity and performs with equal enthusiasm as soloist in a modern concert house as in a jazz club, or a northern Finnish forest. New contexts and challenges are a source of inspiration. Petrini is often engaged in multidisciplinary projects.


    Petrini received her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. With grants from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, she furthered her studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam specializing in contemporary music.

    Hans Davidsson


    Hans Davidsson (b. 1958) is Artistic Director of the Göteborg International Organ Academy and Music Director at the Älvsborg Church in Göteborg. He performs and teaches at major festivals and academies throughout the world. He has made many recordings, including the complete works of Matthias Weckmann, Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Böhm and, most recently, the six Organ Sonatas by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy on the Loft label.

    Palle Dahlstedt

    Live electronics, composer

    Palle Dahlstedt (b. 1971) is docent at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Göteborg University and Chalmers University of Technology, and at the Academy for Music and Drama, Göteborg University. He is also Obel Professor of Art and Technology and Aalborg University in Denmark. His research area is computer-supported creativity and concerns on the one hand the development of new technologies for musical improvisation and composition, on the other hand understanding the inner mechanisms of creative processes, in order to make computers behave more creatively.


    Palle Dahlstedt remains active as a composer and improvising musician, having been educated at the academies of music in Malmö and Göteborg. He is also a teacher of electronic music composition and the electronic composition of music at the Academy for Music and Drama, Göteborg, and artistic leader of the Lindblad Studio.

    Daniel Berg

    Marimba, presentation

    Daniel Berg (b. 1971) is a marimba soloist, composer and professor at the Academy for Music and Drama, Göteborg University. He combines musical composition with a career as a performer and teacher of solo percussion, contemporary music and chamber music.

    Daniel studied percussion at the Academy for Music in Göteborg and at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts). His solo debut was in the Göteborg Concert Hall, where he premiered the marimba concerto by Anders Nilsson together with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra.

    In his passion to promote the marimba as a solo and chamber music instrument, Daniel has worked intimately with a number of composers. This has resulted in more than 250 world premieres of solo and chamber works and several exciting projects, such as the show “Ekelöf Did Not Play Marimba” together with the actor Henric Holmberg.

    Daniel has appeared as a soloist at international percussion festivals. He has done several recordings for radio and television and on CD.




    Tobias Granmo


    Tobias’ love for the violin has shaped his life. Already in his youth, music was a natural part of his life. Violin studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Academy for Music in Drama in Göteborg and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, with recognized violin professors such as Milan Vitek, Dora Schwarzberg, Günter Pichler and Ernst Kovacic has inspired him.


    To bring the power of music to the next generation is for Tobias an important motivation. He is also very interested in new music. The marimba soloist Daniel Berg and he form together Duo Granmo/Berg, which tours Europe regularly. The duo has recorded two CDs and a third is on the way.


    Tobias is lecturer in violin and chamber music and the Academy for Music and Drama in Göteborg. Between 2011 and 2017 he was also director of undergraduate studies there for the classical programmes.

    Tobias is a regular guest teacher at the musical academies of Vilnius, Riga, Ljubljana, Rome, Naples, San Sebastian, Birmingham and Cork and, since 2018, Sponsored Artist at the string manufacturer Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna.



    Malin Broman

    Violin, viola

    The violinist Malin Broman is much sought after as a soloist, artistic director, chamber musician, teacher and conductor.

    Malin was born in Kungsbacka and started to play the violin at the age of five. She studied for Lisbeth Vecchi and Milan Vitek before she won a scholarship to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. Early in her career she won prizes at several competitions, among them the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark. At the Washington International Competition for Strings, she received both the first prize and the audience’s prize. Since then, Malin has carved out a successful solo career for herself. Highlights include performances with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Andrew Manze and Daniel Harding.

    Malin is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, which was selected by both the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme and the European Concert Halls Organization. She performs regularly with her partner Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano). She also helped found the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble, a group that aims to redefine the concert experience and includes some of the finest chamber musicians in Europe.

    Simon Crawford-Phillips


    Simon Crawford-Phillips is a pianist, stage director and chamber musician with a passion for the contemporary repertoire. His own ensembles include the Kungsbacka Piano Trio and the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble. In 2017, Simon was made artistic advisor and chief conductor of the Västerås Sinfonietta and his term was recently extended to 2023. He has performed recently with the Aalborg Symphony, the Nash Ensemble and the Swedish Radio Symphony and assists Daniel Harding, Alain Altinoglu and Stanislav Kochanovsky at the annual Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

    Simon is artistic director of the Change Music Festival in northern Halland and the Västerås Music Festival and is co-director of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2010 and teaches at the Academy for Music and Drama in Göteborg.

    Jakob Koranyi


    We are pleased to be able to welcome Jakob Koranyi to Göteborg and FRONTSIDE. Jakob, who was born in Stockholm in 1983, has toured extensively in European cities such as Vienna, Cologne, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Hamburg, Barcelona and Luxemburg, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has received a large number of awards over the years, such as the Prix d’Honneur and Ferminich Prize from the Verbier Festival, Switzerland. At FRONTSIDE, we will meet Jakob in several concerts as a performer of Schuman, Beethoven and Smetana among others.


    Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann


    The Japanese cellist Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann received her diploma at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo in 1994. She then specialized in historical performance at the Royal Conservatory in Haag, where she completed her solo exam in the year 2000. Mime has received awards at the Concorso Internazionale Romano Romanini per Strumenti ad Arco (Brescia) and at the Concours Musica Antiqua (Brugge), where she was the first cellist to win the solo prize.

    Mime performs all over the world as a soloist and member of leading ensembles. She takes part in tours, festivals, opera productions and recordings, gives master classes and coaches orchestras at festivals around the globe. She lives today in Sweden, is a member of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and teaches baroque cello at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

    Karl Nyhlin


    Karl Nyhlin was born in Umeå and studied guitar and lute at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Malmö Academy of Music. He then received scholarships to study in the USA, where he completed his diploma for Professor Nigel North at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2002.

    Today, Karl lives in Stockholm but is active all over Europe as a soloist and continuo player on various lutes, theorbos and guitars. He is primary lutenist at the Drottningholm Theatre and works regularly with prominent European baroque ensembles, e.g., Les Talens Lyriques (France) and B’Rock (Belgium), and with conductors such as Christophe Rousset and René Jacobs. He has performed in over 35 countries on six continents, been ensemble player on a large number of CDs and has recorded two solo albums.

    Anders Carlsson


    Anders Carlsson (b. 1953) is a musicologist who has worked at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, and the Academy for Music and Drama, Göteborg University. He has also been Director of organ research at GOArt and Head of Department at HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design in Göteborg.

    His research has above all focused on the music history of Göteborg. In his doctoral dissertation he showed how professional orchestras were established in Göteborg long before the same thing happened in Stockholm.

  • Tetralogy

    2019, 2020 & 2022, 2023

    During the first four years of the festival, we want to turn our spyglass to each of the four cardinal directions in turn outgoing from the harbour city Gothenburgs strategic location at the sea.With the first theme 2019, M/S Transatlantic, our gaze swung westwards. A red thread of American and American-inspired music ran through the festival. Inspiration came from the big ocean liners that carried emigrants to the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The theme also connected with today’s situation, when people are forced to become refugees and to create new lives for themselves in foreign lands. As final piece all artists and the Dream Orchestra with young refugees met in Terry Riley famous piece in C.


    In 2020 the theme was Eastward. The note struck was now the Swedish East India Company’s voyages to Asia in the eighteenth century. During the festival, there where both old and new music by European and Asian composers who in various ways have influenced each other.

    Swedish Radio P2 was there. Listen:



    In 2022 FRONTSIDE will be carried by a warm breeze southward to the theme of Southerly Winds. Here we will fetch inspiration from Italy, Portugal, Spain and South America.


    Because of the pandemic will Gothenburg celebrate its fourth centenary in 2023. FRONTSIDE will also postpone the complete programme Direction 57° North that would have been presented 2021. 2023 we will present music by composers from Gothenburg, but also music from countries that have strongly affected the development of Gothenburg, such as Holland, Germany, Scotland and England.


  • How it started

    After clarinetist Karin Dornbusch had successfully led the Båstad Chamber Music Festival for twelve years, she was contacted by entrepreneur Bob Kelly, who proposed creating an international chamber music festival at the art gallery Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg. A committee was formed with the well-known musicians Paula af Malmborg Ward, Daniel Berg and Tobias Granmo among others. After a year of intensive work, FRONTSIDE – Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival – was inaugurated in January 2019 with innovative concert programmes in exciting surroundings. There was art music from different periods; well-known pieces and all-new compositions alternated with folk music and free improvisation. Young and old mixed both on stage and in the audience. People listened, watched, chatted and made new discoveries. The ship was launched!

    One of the purposes of the festival is to demonstrate what a broad range of music there exists within the chamber format. Moreover, we wish to cultivate the great tradition of Western music while at the same time supporting creativity and artistic innovation. The most important purpose of the festival, however, is to offer enjoyment to people of different generations and from different countries. We want to enrich life with music from near and far, and with the aid of music help to build bridges between people. A festival For Open Minds!

    The Board

    Karin Dornbusch, Clarinetist and Artistic Director

    Bengt-Ove Boström, Chairman of the board

    Anne-Lie Humnmel Högblom - Head of finance and production
    Caisa Hanserud, Secretary of the board
    Tobias Granmo, Violinist and Commissioner​

    Marielle Korend Larsson, Head of Pr / communications and security