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Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival

14th-16th of January 2022

Frontside Festival 2022 – SOUTH WINDS

…where you can stroll along the green paths under the crowns of countless trees full of lemons, oranges and bitter orange…
From the diary of an East Indiaman ( On a East India Ship )

Soon it will be time for the third festival in our tetralogy, which will focus on the four directions of the weather. The starting point is Gothenburg – Sweden’s gateway to the wider world! In 2019, we  went westwards with the theme m/s Transatlantic. The inspiration was Gothenburg’s great American ships and the emigration to the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2020, the East India Company’s voyages to Asia in the 18th century set the tone for the theme Eastwards. In 2021, the tetralogy took a year’s break in favour of a streamed festival programme that shone in the January darkness with Frontside light- Let the music sound!

In 2022, Frontside will be carried the  south by a warm breeze with the theme South Winds. Ancient sounds, traditional chamber music repertoire and  contemporary music from Spain, Italy, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela in particular bring southern flavours to the festival. Composers include Heitor Villa-Lobos, Joaquín Turina, Salvatore Sciarrino, Alberto Ginastera, Luigi Boccherini, Ástor Piazzolla, Jenny Hettne, Malin Bång and Victor Varela. We look forward to three world premieres by Gothenburg composer Ida Lundén and the Spanish composers Francesco Coll and Manuel Martínez Burgos.

Participants include an international cast of musicians such as the Spanish ARD award-winning wind quintet Azahar Ensemble, the string trio Trio Boccherini, pianist Francisca Skoogh, guitarist Jacob Kellerman, Spanish multi-instrumentalist Abraham Cupeiro, Duo Ego and Norrbotten NEO. Gothenburg-based Dream Orchestra, included young refugees from f e Syria and Afghanistan led by Ron Alvarez from Venezuela, returns to us in a family concert after the success of 2019.

This year, the festival will be placed in Kronhuset’s fantastic premises. Said to be Gothenburg’s oldest building, Kronhuset reminds us of Gothenburg’s fascinating history. At the same time, the building is located in the middle of the city’s modern bustle. A combination that suits Frontside – living in the present, looking backwards and forwards. 

A warm welcome!

Karin Dornbusch, Artistic Director

The concert venue is Kronhuset, the oldest house in Gothenburg, as well as in historic houses and places around Kronhuset.

See ”Årets festival-Biljetter”


at 19.00-21.00pm Kronhuset
The festival open up with a concert filled with warm southern music from Italy, Spain and Argentina; from the late 19th century to completely new music. Here you can expect music that has both languorous, wistful and rhythmically fiery. Franscesco Coll offers a completely new work with the seductive name ”The Voice of the Olive!”, and no less than thirteen different types of instruments give a luxurious sound mix to the concert!

Paula af Malmborg Ward (*1962) Open up!
Tobias Granmo, violin; Daniel Berg, percussion; Karin Dornbusch, clarinet; Abraham Cupiero, zink;  Paula af Malmborg Ward, voice

Luigi Boccherini (1743 -1805) Trio in Eflat-major Dur op.14, nr.5  for violin, cello and piano
-Allegro con spirito
-Variazioni: Allegretto sostenuto
Trio Boccherini

Italiensk baroque  zink and guitar
Abraham Cupiero, Jacob Kellerman

Alberto Ginastera (1916- 1983 ) Danzas Argentinas op 2 (1937) for piano
-Danza del viejo boyero
-Danza de la moza donosa
-Danza del gaucho matrero
Francisca Skoogh


Francesco Coll (*1985) De voz aceitunada for flute, viola, guitar World premiere
Julia Crowell (Neo), Vicky Powell, Jacob Kellermann

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) arr. for Azahar Ensemble by José Luis Turina (1952)
Cinco Danzas Gitanas op.55 for wind quintet
-Danza de la seducción
-Danza ritual
Azahar Ensemble


at 21.00-22.30pm Kronhuset
Norrbotten NEO offers nocturnal music where Serbian Djuro Zivkovic’s mysterious, ghostly sounds may begin. This is followed by the evening’s great work ”Infinito Nero” by Italy’s Il Grande Maestro, Salvatore Sciarrino. Inspired by the writings of Carmelite mystic Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi, the work refers to the state before the world was created. Our Swedish Grande Dame, Karin Rehnqvist, writes about her work: at night our senses are sensitive….  As I compose this, we are living in difficult times. The Corona virus is spreading and infecting more and more people….We must be careful, both with ourselves and with others. Music in the night is about this, when the senses are wide open….”

Djuro Zivkovic (*1975) Night Music for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello
Salvatore Sciarrino (*1947) Infinito Nero for  mezzo soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, piano violin, viola, cello
Karin Rehnqvist (*1957) Music in the night for alto flute,  bass clarinet, vibraphone, piano, violin, viola och cello
Monica Danielson, Norrbotten NEO, Rei Munakata, conductor


at 11.00-12.15am Kronhuset

During our Walking Concerts, the audience gets to discover Gothenburg’s oldest building Kronhuset to the tunes of Cage, Italian and Spanish music, among others. The audience travels through millennia in Gothenburg composer Ida Lundén’s (1971) premiere «Samman – fold, weigh, weave.»  A stream of influences from south to north is woven into the music as Ida takes as her starting point the world’s oldest recorded music, a 3400-year-old hymn found in the city of Ugarit in present-day Syria. Jacob Kellerman, Trio Boccherini, Duo Ego, Ida Lundén.

at 15.00-16.00pm Kronhuset
A relaxed afternoon concert. A tribute to the coffee and chocolate from southern latitudes and a tribute to Gothenburg’s café culture. All this served with light and seductive classical Italian string music, Spanish guitar sounds and Argentinian tangos.

Alessandro Rolla (1757 -1841) Allegro from Duo for violin and violoncello in Bb-major
Suyeon Kang, Paolo Bonomini

Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909) Capricho Arabe for guitar
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) Asturias for guitar
Jacob Kellerman

Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Café 1930 and Nightclub 1960 
Suyeon Kang, Jacob Kellerman

Ástor Piazzolla  La Calle 92 for  violin and cello
Vicky Powell, Paolo Bonomini

Luigi Boccherini
Trio for violin, viola and cello in c -moll op.14, nr. 2
-Allegro moderato
-Tempo di Menuetto
Trio Boccherini


at 18.00-20.00pm Kronhuset
A concert full of tributes ! Denmark’s world-famous composer Carl Nielsen was often in Gothenburg during his life and had his Wind Quintet premiered there 100 years ago. Now we get to hear it again in Gothenburg with the Spanish Azahar Ensemble. Andrea Tarrodi and Hector Villa-Lobos pay tribute to older colleagues, and Gothenburg-based Victor Varela, born in Venezuela, uses rhythmic elements from the folk music of his homeland. Finally, Joaquín Turina pays tribute to five Spanish women.

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) Wind Quintet op.43
(100-åyears anniversary since the world premiere in Gothenburg) 
-Allegro ben moderato
-Menuet, Trio
-Präludium, Tema con variazioni
Azahar Ensemble

Andrea Tarrodi (*1981) Madrigali, hommage á Barbara Strozzi for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello
Norrbotten NEO


Hector Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) Bachianas Brasileiras nr. 5, Aria: Cantilena for viola and piano
Vicky Powell, Francisca Skoogh

Victor Varela ( *1955) La fraîcheur de la dernière vêprée for mezzo soprano and percussion
Duo Ego

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) (arr. for Azahar Ensemble by  José Luis Turina)
Mujeres Españolas  op.73 for wind quintet
-La gitana enamorada
-La marchande de fleurs
-La señorita que baila
-La murciana guapa
-La alegre sevillana
Azahar Ensemble


at 21.00-22.30pm Kronhuset
With premordial sounds, Abraham Cupiero lures us into another world with his mysterious Celtic dragon-headed Karnyx! We travel down to a beautiful island in Greece, to Spanish Granada, to wine and to the Palace Alhambra. And we meet unicorns and ghosts..

Abraham Cupiero (1980) Karnyx

Joan Magrané Figuera (*1988) Un tapís  ( unicorn)  for wind quintet
Azahar Ensemble

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) Fantasia Baetica  for guitar
Jakob Kellerman

Claude Debussy (1962-1918)
L’isle joyeuse for piano solo
Puerta del Vino for piano solo
Francisca Skoogh

George Crumb (*1929) Ghosts of Alhambra for mezzo soprano, percussion and guitar
Monica Danielsson, Daniel Saur (NEO), Jakob Kellerman


7. at 11.00 -11.40am Kronhuset

A musical journey to different cultures on earth. Here in a meeting between Spanish multi-instrumentalist Abraham Cupiero (karnyx, zinka, folk horns) and the young musicians  from Syria, Afganistan among other countries in the Dream Orchestra under the direction of Ron Alvarez!
Abraham Cupiero, Dream Orchestra, Ron Alvarez

at 14.00-15.45pm Kronhuset
Two Gothenburg composers begin. Subtile sounds by Jenny Hettne are followed by Malin Bång’s deep and spherical sound effects from bass clarinet and electronics. This is followed by music from different cultures and tributes to composers whose musical styles are woven into new compositions. To finish, the Spanish Joaquín Turina Trio for violin, cello and piano bursts forth!

Jenny Hettne (*1977) Stimme aus der Ferne for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano
Norrbotten NEO  

Malin Bång (*1974) Split Rudder for  bass clarinet  and electronics
Robert Ek    

Spanish, armenian and  arab folk music 
Azahar Ensemble, Abraham Cupiero


Béla Kovács (*1908) Hommage a Manuel de Falla for clarinet
Karin Dornbusch

Manuel de Falla Homenaje: Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy for guitar
Jacob Kellerman

Claude Debussy Preludier for violin, clarinet, guitar
Suyeon Kang, Karin Dornbusch, Jacob Kellerman

Joaquín Turina Trio nr 2 op. 76 i h-moll for violin, cello and piano
-Molto Vivace
-Lento, Andante
Suyeon Kang, Paolo Bonomini, Francisca Skoogh


at 18.00-20.30pm Kronhuset
In the finale concert we travel down to various warm places and let ourselves be seduced by southern temperaments. The well-travelled French composer Jean Cras tells us about his extensive travels to all corners of the world. The Gothenburg composer Anna Eriksson has written an independent sequel to ”Songs of a Stewardess”. A so-called black box contains data of various kinds that will facilitate a crash investigation. Let’s see how it will turn out…

Mathieu Lussier (*1973)
Dos Tropicos! Prelude Tropical en forme de Habanera op. 7 for wind quintet
Azahar Ensemble

Joaquín Turina Oración del Torero for wind quintet
Azahar Ensemble

Nino Rota (1911-1979) Trio for clarinet, cello and piano
Karin Dornbusch, Paolo Bonomini, Francisca Skoogh


Anna Eriksson (*1963) Svarta lådan ( Black box) – Epilog
Duo Ego

Jean Cras (1879-1932) Trio for violin, viola and cello
-(no titlel)
-Très animé
Trio Boccherini


Manuel Martínez-Burgos (*1970) Flor de Azahar for guitar and wind quintet World premiere
Jacob Kellerman, Azahar Ensemble

Folk music from the Ladino tradition
Jacob Kellerman, Abraham Cupiero, Per Sjögren

Ástor Piazzolla La muerte del ángel
Norrbotten NEO 



at 15.00-16.00pm Sjöströmska salen, Högskolan för scen och musik

Open for passive participants. Free entrance
Composition students from HSM have taken part in the Frontside Festival concerts for study purposes. During the workshop, they will meet Norrbotten Neo for the first time in a direct collaboration. The students now get to try out their very first ideas together with the ensemble. The collaboration will culminate in a concert on 27 April, when the ensemble will premiere the students’ new complete works.
Direction: Malin Bång, lecturer in composition; Monica Danielson, artistic director Norrbotten Neo





















Participating artists 2022

Abraham Cupeiro

Abraham Cupeiro


Abraham Cupeiro is a skillfull instrument builder and multi-instrumentalist, mostly known for bringing back instruments lost long ago. He enjoys playing on them to create new sonorities, using them in pieces far from their natural repertoire.

Cupeiro graduated from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid as trumpet player and went on his stuidies in Barcelona, completing a master´s degree in Interpretation of Early Music.

Despite his training as a classical music interpreter, he has always being attracted by music of any kind. Therefore, he started at an early age to join a number of folk and jazz bands, and several early music ensembles.

Cupeiro stands out as one of the few people in the world who play the Karnyx (celtic trumpet from the Iron age) and was recently invited to play on the Karnyx from Tintinac, the only one found in one piece in 2004.

Abraham acts also as ambassador for an ancestral Galician instrument named “corna” (cow horn). His own grandfather used to play on this traditional instrument whose track can be traced as early as in the illustrations on Alfonso X of Castilla´s books.

A genuine passion for instruments and organology led him to put together a collection with over 200 pieces from afar and from different times. Under the name “Ringing in the past”, Cupeiro presents them in a monologue-concert of his own design.

Abraham keeps finding and building instruments and playing every sort of music on them, enjoying their blend within nowadays ensembles. A few of these experiments can be found in Compromiscuo, a CD released with Belorussian accordionist Vadzim Yukhnevich. An important role for the Karnyx is also to be heard in Concierto Misterio, by Wladimir Rosinsky. The work was premiered by the Galician Symphony Orchestra and the karnyx part was tailored written to bring out Cupeiro’s especial skills on the instrument.

Os sons esquecidos (Forgotten sounds) is a very personal project, recorded with Filharmonía de Galicia and released in 2018 by Warner Classics.

This project has been played with many orchestras in Spain and Finland.

On November 2019 he recorded a new personal project: PANGEA, with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London at Abbey Road Studios.

Azahar Ensemble

Azahar Ensemble

Wind quintet:
André Cebrián Garea, flute
María Alba Carmona Tobella, oboe
Antonio Lagares Abeal, horn
María José García Zamora, bassoon
Miquel Ramos Salvadó, clarinet.

After winning 2 nd prize and the Audience Award of the 63 rd ARD International Music Competition in Munich (1 st prize was declared void), Azahar Ensemble started an international career that has taken them to perform in many prestigious concert halls, such as Musikverein in Vienna, Philharmonie in Berlin, Prinzregententeather in Munich, Philharmonaie in Essen, Mozarteum in Salzburg, and festivals like Mozartfest in Würzburg, International Festival in Santander and Festpielhaus in Baden-Baden, among others.

Founded in 2010, Azahar Ensemble studied with the bassoon player Sergio Azzolini in Hochschule für Musik in Basilea (Switzerland) thanks to a scholarship granted by BBVA Foundation and the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, of which they were members at the time. In 2011, the ensemble received an award in the ORPHEUS Swiss Chamber Music Competition and a year later they won 2 nd prize in the El Primer Palau music competition (Barcelona).

As part of their international career, Azahar Ensemble was invited by Ensemble Pentaedre to visit Montréal (Canada) in 2016 to take part in the Les Journées des Vents music festival. In 2018, the ensemble returned to Canada, this time to the city of Calgary, as the resident quintet of the International Honens Piano Competition. Azahar Ensemble has recorded for Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR, Deutschland Radio Kultur, Radio Clásica España, SRF2, France Musique and Catalunya música.

Named after the white, aromatic orange blossoms that are typical of southern Spain, Azahar Ensemble delights audiences with “great imagination and technical precision” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) that makes the quintet’s performances “bloom in sensual abundance” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Duo Ego

Duo Ego

Monica Danielsson, mezzo-soprano
Per Sjögren, percussion

Duo Ego was formed in 2001 by singer Monica Danielson and percussionist Per Sjögren. They have given concerts in the USA, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine, among other places, and have been awarded the Swedish Composers’ Association’s Interpretation Prize and the Malmlöf-Forssling Artist Prize by the Royal Academy of Music.

Francisca Skoogh

Francisca Skoogh

Video greeting from Francisca!


Francisca Skoogh made her debut at the age of 13 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and has since established herself as one of Sweden’s leading concert pianists. She has been awarded the prestigious ”Premier Prix” in both chamber music and piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the ”Soloist Diploma” at the Royal Academy of Music in Paris. Danish Conservatory of Music. Over the years, Francisca has successfully participated in both national and international competitions and has, among others, received second prize in the Michelangelo Competition and is the winner of the Soloist Prize.

Francisca’s CD recordings have received very good reviews and many of them can be found on Spotify. Francisca is regularly invited to numerous national as well as international music festivals. As a soloist she has performed with most Swedish orchestras as well as orchestras abroad. Over the years she has performed with numerous conductors such as Heinz Wallberg, Michail Jurowski, Ruth Reinhardt, Susanna Mälkki and Gianandrea Noseda. In recent years she has worked closely with conductor Leif Segerstam, focusing on piano concertos by Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov.

Over the years Francisca has performed with a number of Sweden’s leading musicians and has premiered a number of newly written works. For a few years now, she has been collaborating with the composer Staffan Storm and the court singer Anna Larsson.

Francisca is a teacher and PhD in artistic research at the Malmö School of Music, Lund University.

Francisca is a licensed psychologist and has used psychological theory, her clinical experience as a psychologist and her long experience as a performer in her courses and lectures for musicians called ”The Performing Man.” She is the founder of the Performance Centre at the Malmö School of Music.

In 2018, Francisca was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Music.

Francisco Coll

Francisco Coll

Quickly establishing an international profile, Francisco Coll is a composer who pushes music to extremes. Surreal juxtapositions, febrile energy, and echoes of flamenco all abound in works of vivid, often unsettling, poetry.

Ida Lundén

Ida Lundén


Together – folding, weighing, weaving for mezzo-soprano, guitar and string trio – Worldpremiere

”The theme of the Frontside Festival is South Winds and it got me thinking about how a stream of influences from the south to the north . The world’s oldest recorded music is a 3400 year old hymn found in the city of Ugarit in present-day Syria. Our scales bear traces of Arabic maqqam, which has much in common with the microtonality of antiquity that long survived in the one-part unaccompanied hymnody and which has paved the way for a European musical culture. I intend to make a sonic exploration of a unison that is not a single note but a composite one, based on different immersions in this stream; an exploration of three different kinds of unisons and moods that can both work on their own but also create a common sound together. Three different pieces that can be played separately but also played together. A tapestry of sounds, tones and timbres played by stringed instruments and voice. The voice acts more as an instrument than a conveyor of text”

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Jacob Kellerman

Jacob Kellerman


Jacob Kellermann (b.1984) has established himself as one of Sweden’s most active and sought-after guitarists.

In addition to playing regularly throughout Sweden, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician internationally in concert halls such as Prinzregententheater and Gasteig Munich, Seoul Art Center, Brucknerhaus – Linz, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and at festivals such as Enescu Festival (Romania), Båstad Chamber Music Festival, Festival Dag in de Branding, NJORD Biennale Copenhagen, El Jem Festival Tunisia, Mikulov Guitar Festival and Aschaffenburger Gitarrentagen. As a soloist he has performed with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Queretaro Philharmonic Orchestra (Mexico), Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra and Camerata S (South Korea), New European Ensemble (Netherlands), Ensemble BIT20 (Norway) and Ensemble Norrbotten NEO, among others. Engagements in the 2020/21 season include tours to Japan and China and solo engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonics, Israel Contemporary Players and Orquesta de Valencia. Autumn 2020 will also see the release of his next album on BIS Records, including J. Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Together with violinist Daniel Migdal, he has toured all over Sweden as the duo KeMi. After participating in 2009 in the ”Young and Promising 2009”, in 2010 in competition with ensembles from 17 different countries they received the very prestigious first prize in the ”Aschaffenburg Internationalen Wettbewerb für Kammermusik mit Gitarre” which is the most important international chamber music competition for chamber music with guitar. The duo has also toured throughout much of Europe, South Korea and China. In October 2018, their debut album of sonatas by Franz Schubert was released on BIS Records, a recording that has been acclaimed both in Sweden, where Dagens Nyheter listed it as one of the best recordings of the year, and also in the international press (Gramophone Magazine, BBC Record Review, etc.).

With an extensive chamber music and solo repertoire, often consisting of his own transcriptions, he is constantly seeking new possibilities of expression for his instrument. This has also led to a passionate interest in contemporary music and close collaborations with a number of composers have resulted in a number of works written directly for him, including José Maria Sanchez-Verdu, Francisco Coll, Henrik Strindberg and Benjamin Staern. His collaboration with Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina resulted in an album of chamber music works on BIS Records in 2014 . Jacob Kellermann is also a member and one of the initiators of the Dutch New European Ensemble.

Johan Björklund

Jonas Larsson

Jörgen Pettersson

Jörgen Pettersson

Jörgen Pettersson was educated at the Kungl. Music Academy in Stockholm and was the first saxophonist ever to receive the school’s soloist diploma with a jeton. He also studied with Professor Jean-Marie Londeix at the National Conservatory in Bordeaux, where he was awarded the Premier Prix.

Jörgen Pettersson is active on the international contemporary music scene. He has performed in concerts and festivals in some fifty countries, as a soloist and in various collaborations. He is a driving force in the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet. An ensemble that has made a name for itself for its desire to constantly explore and push the boundaries of what is said to be artistically possible to achieve. He is also a member of, among others, KammarensembleN and Ensemble Son.

Jörgen often and willingly breaks boundaries between common art forms and works closely not only with composers, but also with choreographers and writers. Through a determined and close collaboration with Swedish and international composers, he actively seeks to develop the repertoire for his instrument. This has resulted in more than 800 works being dedicated to Jörgen Pettersson, including solo concertos, electroacoustic pieces and chamber music works. He is constantly developing new techniques and ways of playing, resulting in unique and surprising interpretations with a strong personal expression. For this he has received the Swedish Composers’ Association’s Interpretation Prize.

He is the initiator and festival director of Svensk Musikvår since its re-launch in 2016. Jörgen Pettersson is an honorary member of FST (the Swedish Composers’ Association) and a member of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2019, he received the ”Music Enabler” award, which is presented to a concert organiser or producer whose efforts have been of great significance for contemporary art music. ”For dedicated and tireless work in the re-creation of the Svensk Musikvår festival”.

Norrbotten NEO

Norrbotten NEO

Norrbotten NEO in English!

conductor – Rei Munakata

piano – Mårten Landström

flutes– Julia Crowell

clarinets– Robert Ek

percussion – Daniel Saur

violin – Lovisa Ehrenkrona

viola – Mina Fred

cello – Nikolay Shugaev

oboe – Geoff Cox (Sciarrino)


Paula af Malmborg Ward

Rei Munakata

Rei Munakata

Munakata is currently the artistic director and the principal conductor of the Curious Chamber Players Stockholm. Experimentation and curiosity as the ensemble profile, Munakata and the group have been continuously exploring new ideas and concert frames with creative composers with strong originality since 2003. Munakata led the group to a successful breakthrough at Darmstädter ferienkurse in 2012, followed by immediate return to Darmstadt and invitations to world’s leading new music festivals such as IMPULS Graz, Time of Music Viitasaari, Gaudeamus Muziekweek Utrecht, to name a few. Close collaboration with the ensemble’s resident composer Malin Bång, the group has portrayed Bång’s works in Ultraschal Festival Berlin, Sound Scotland, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Sampler series Barcelona, Klang Avantgarde Festival Copenhagen, Estonian Music Days, and Borusan series Istanbul.

Munakata is the conductor for Ensemble Mimitabu Gothenburg, and has guest conducted ensembles such as Esbjerg Ensemble, Ensemble Mosaik Berlin, Ensemble Aleph Paris, Kammarensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Oslo Sinfonietta, SMASH Ensemble Salamanca, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Distractfold Ensemble Manchester, Aarhus Sinfonietta, and Klangforum Wien. 

Equally at home in opera house, Munakata performed the Swedish premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie tradrici at Gothenburg opera together with Gageego! Gothenburg. His journey of Sciarrino’s music continued with Infinito Nero during Warsaw Autumn Festival 2016.

Ron Davis Alvarez & The Dream Orchestra

Ron Davis Alvarez & The Dream Orchestra

ENG Dream Orchestra och Ron Alvarez

In autumn 2015, violinist and orchestra leader Ron Davis Alvarez from Caracas, Venezuela came to Sweden as an exchange student. Ron arrived in central Stockholm at the same time as a large group of unaccompanied refugee youths.

A shocking sight for Ron, himself raised in poor circumstances and with a different image of Sweden than the one that greeted him.

After receiving answers to his questions about the situation of these unaccompanied minors, he made a decision right then and there to help these young people, if he himself were given the opportunity to stay and work in Sweden. And so it was. Ron, a musical talent raised in the Venezuelan El Sistema movement, was soon hired as the artistic director of El Sistema in Sweden and stayed on.

In April 2016, he made good on his promise to himself and founded the Dream Orchestra. An orchestra for everyone, but especially for those who needed it most: the unaccompanied minors. In a refugee camp in Frillesås south of Gothenburg, he found his first students and that’s the way it is.

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Trio Boccherini

Trio Boccherini

String trio:

Suyeon Kang, violin
Recognised for her depth & intelligence in interpretation as well as her compelling performances “…she captivated her audience – intimacy, tension, inspiration and soul in every note”‘ (Der Tagesspiegel), violinist Suyeon Kang – born in South Korea and raised in Canada & Australia – has been based in Germany since 2007, where she enjoys a colourful musical life. She is a multiple major/special prizewinner of numerous international violin competitions including: Michael Hill International Violin Competition (first prize & audience prize), Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, as well as in Buenos Aires, Bayreuth & Indianapolis. She was named “Australian Young Performer of the Year” at the age of 16 and has since then appeared as soloist with orchestras internationally. Her extensive repertoire extends from early baroque to avant-garde. Her unwavering curiosity has led her to an enormous dexterity between musical disciplines. She is a co-founder of Trio Boccherini (string trio). The Trio has recently released two albums with the integral string trios of Beethoven to much critical acclaim. Furthermore, she is a much sought-out chamber musician; alone in 2021 she was a invited artist at the Rügen Chamber Music Festival & Gartow Music Festival (DE), GAIA Festival & Ernen Chamber Music Plus (CH), SoNoRo Festival on Tour (RO). In 2021 she was appointed as concertmaster of the Kammerakademie Potsdam; since 2017 she holds a post in the 15-member ensemble Camerata Bern. Regular invitations as guest leader, also more frequently in a Play/Direct capacity with several other leading european chamber orchestras, including the Munich Chamber Orchestra, CHAARTS Chamber Artists, Baroque Orchestra of Sevilla, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Ensemble Resonanz. Since 2016 she holds a post as teaching assistant to Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Vicki Powell, viola
Praised by the New York Times for her  ‘probing introspection ‘ , and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as ‘a star‘ with ‘a voluptuous tone’, violist Vicki Powell has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has been a featured artist at the Verbier, Ravinia, Caramoor, Spannungen, and Marlboro Music Festivals. Ms. Powell is the recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Other awards include Third Prize and the Sonata Prize at the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, as well as First Prizes of the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, the Johansen International Competition, and the Aspen Low Strings Competition. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Powell performs throughout Europe with the Boccherini Trio. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia ’ s Steans Institute, and Curtis on Tour, and performs with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City. Recent highlights include performances at the MITO Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Zurich Tonhalle, and Konzerthaus Berlin. She has also previously collaborated with such reknowned artists as Mitsuko Uchida,  Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, Nobuko Imai, and Pamela Frank. Ms. Powell is the Principal Viola of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and has been invited to perform as Guest Principal Viola of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata Bern. In addition to her pursuits as a violist, Ms. Powell is passionate about using music to engage communities from diverse backgrounds in order to strengthen social ties, as well as to raise awareness for humanitarian efforts across the world. As Director of the Verbier Festival Academy ’ s “ Reaching Out ” program, she helped enable musicians to broaden their business and networking skills in order to be innovative and active participants within their own communities.Born in Chicago, Ms. Powell began her musical studies in Madison, Wisconsin with Eugene Purdue and Sally Chisholm. She is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music, and studied with Máté Szűcs, Misha Amory, and Roberto Diaz.

Paolo Bonomini, cello
First prize winner at the XX International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, Paolo Bonomini leads an active international career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. He is currently principal cellist of the Salzburg Camerata. Since his debut at the age of 15, he has given recitals across Europe, South America and Australia, and performed as soloist with Camerata Bern, Sinfonie Orchester Biel, Pauliner Kammerorchester, Odessa Chamber Orchestra, Virtuosi di Praga, among others.His first solo CD “Violoncello Italiano”, published by Genuin Classics, received glowing reviews and was chosen as “CD of the month” by Fono Forum, one of Germany’s most respected music journals. As founding member of Boccherini Trio, a string trio with whom he recorded the complete Beethoven Trios for Genuin Classics, Paolo Bonomini has performed in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Bach-Archiv Leipzig, MITO Festival, Enescu Festival and Engadin Festival. He has performed alongside Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna and Franco Petracchi, and played together with Giovanni Sollima as part of the project “Tenebrae, il Principe dei musici” in some of the most important Italian theatres. Paolo has been a guest principal cellist at the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he collaborates in the same role with Camerata Bern and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen. He has played with the Bayerischen Rundfunks and Luzern Festival orchestras, under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, R. Chailly, Sir Elliot Gardiner and Herbert Blomstedt. He teaches advanced courses at the Fiesole Music School and became assistant to Jens Peter Maintz at UdK, Berlin. He is regularly invited as assistant to Antonio Meneses at the Hochschule der Künste, Bern. He holds masterclasses at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid and in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón. Always interested in philological research, Paolo Bonomini has edited the critical edition of “Six Sonatas for Two Cellos” by Tommaso Giordani, published by Armelin Musica. His major artistic influences come from musicians including Mario Brunello, Antonio Meneses, Jens Peter Maintz, Rainer Schmidt.


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 here

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

-Why start a music festival? -Because it’s a joy! Bob Kelly, initiator

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
Anders Wiklund, Chairman of the board
Tobias Granmo, Violinist and Commissioner​
Marielle Korend Larsson, Head of Pr / communications and security

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