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Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival

January 12–15, 2023

Frontside Festival 2023 – 57 Degrees North

The 2023 festival is under construction. We will return shortly with general information, the participating artists and the festival schedule.

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Participating artists 2022

Emilia Amper


Anders Carlsson

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.

Anna Petrini


Ayla Kabaca


Alasdair Beatson


Duo Granmo-Berg

Tobias Granmo, violin, presenter
Daniel Berg, marimba

Hans Davidsson

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.

Karin Dornbusch

Karin Dornbusch


Karin Dornbusch, Swedish clarinetist and artistic director of FRONTSIDE – Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival made her soloist debut in 1996 as winner of the The Royal Swedish Academy of Music award Solistpriset. She is a member of the chamber music ensemble Camerata Variabile Basel, Switzerland and was the artistic director of the Båstad Chamber Music Festival 2006-2017.

Malin Hartelius


Palle Dahlstedt

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.

Paula af Malmborg Ward

Paula af Malmborg Ward

Presenter, vocalist

The Gothenburg Combo

Thomas Hansy, guitar
David Hansson, guitar

Trio Poseidon

Sara Trobäck, violin
Claes Gunnarsson, cello
Per Lundberg, piano

Zemlinsky Quartet

Zemlinsky Quartet

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


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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