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Participating 2018

We are proud of the 2018 edition and look forward to next year.
Here is the presentation for 2018

Ha-Young Helena Sul

Concert pianist, Concert manager, Teacher, Founder / Artistic director 

Her music studies have been the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Conservatorie de Genève, Switzerland and participated in several master classes with established educators and pianists.  by the masters Dominique Merlet, Christopher Elton and José Ribera and more. She is the initiator and artistic director of the Gothenburg Piano Festival and an active piano teacher and Piano instructor Side by side under the auspices of the Gothenburg Concert Hall. 

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Iiro Rantala

Jazz pianist from Finland

Iiro Rantala is "a natural phenomenon on keys" (German jazz magazine
Jazz thing); an all-rounder of whom New York-based pianist and arranger Gil Goldstein quite rightly said: "Iiro Rantala is a pianistic sensation who makes the  believe I believe reincarnation, because his pianistic technique and musical sensitivity speak of depths that appear impossible to have been achieved in this lifetime alone ".

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Maurizio Moretti

 Italian Concert pianist 

Born in Cagliari, he studied under Ida Allegretto at the Conservatory of his town and then for five years with Aldo Ciccolini, who wrote about him: "an extraordinary rhythmical vitality, a special inborn musical treatment of sound and a great technical capacity which characterize his pianism. He is surely one of the most talented and original exponents of Italian pianism ”._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

As a young pianist, his excellent performances and incredible musical interpretation have won him many awards including the Mozart fellowship from the Musikhochschule Mozarteum Salzburg, the International Piano Competition “Sergey Rachmaninov”, and the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

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Per Tengstrand

Swedish Concert pianist, living in USA

He was a winner of international competitions in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, and after winning first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, he made his debut at the Lincoln Center in New York in 1997. Since then he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, Musikverein's main hall, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

He has performed as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, The Hague Resident Orchestra, Orkester de la Suisse Romande, Singapore Symphony, Symphony Taiwan Nationals and Orchester National de France. appearance at the UN headquarters in New York. PerTengstrand is the artistic director of the Music on Park Avenue series in New York City. He is the recipient of the royal medal Litterus and Artibus, awarded to him by King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Swedish Ballet School

The Swedish Ballet school, Gothenburg

Unique primary school offers classical ballet and stage folk dance.

The Swedish Ballet School dates back to 1949 when it was under the direction of the Stora Teatern.
In connection with the Gothenburg Opera's inauguration in 1994, the Swedish Ballet School was commissioned by the government to create a vocational primary school with an elite education in dance.

Gustaf Edlund

 Piano Teacher at the Culture school

Edlund is a trained pianist and piano educator, and has studied classical piano, among others. a. at the University of Stage and Music in Gothenburg and Newcastle University in England. He is active as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist / repeater, composer and educator, and performs extensively both in Sweden and abroad. He has participated in several radio and TV productions and collaborates with many reputable names in Swedish music life. He has also composed several works for e.g. a. TV series together with the composer Håkan Eriksson. Gustaf is a seasoned singer, works as a tenor soloist and has sung with many of Sweden's leading choirs.
Gustaf is a driven educator who is passionate about teaching. He teaches at Kulturskolan in City in Gothenburg, at Side By Side under the auspices of Gothenburg Concert Hall, and interpretation in master class format.

Katarina Ström Harg

Concert Pianist, Professor in Chambermusic at the  Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm

Katarina Ström-Harg is a well-established concert pianist in Swedish music life and has a world-wide contact network. She gives concerts in the USA, GB, France, Croatia, Denmark, Spain and Island.
Soloistically, she has given concerts with  Sv.Radi os Symfoniorkester, Kungliga Filharmonikerna i Stockholm och Norrköpings.
She collaborates with renowned artists: singers,  instrumentalists and composers.
Since 1988, she forms a duo with clarinetist Stefan Harg.
Katarina also plays hammer piano.
The repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music.

Terje Skomedal


He started playing violin at the age of six, and later he studied in Oslo with Geir Inge Lotsberg and Stephan Barratt-Due. He also took a Soloist Diploma with Giuliano Carmignola in Lucerne. Terje has played Master Classes for Nikolaj Znajder and Arve Tellefsen, among others. He was a winner in international competitions in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, and after winning first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, he made his debut at the Lincoln Center in New York. 1997. Since then he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Musikverein's Great Hall, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Antonio Hallongren


As a chamber musician, Mr. Hallongren has performed together with world-renown artists such as Eugene Drucker & Philip Setzer from Grammy Award winning Emerson String Quartet, Miguel Da Silva from the Ysaÿe Quartet, Michael Amory of the Brentano Quartet and pianist Robert Mcdonald and Staffan Scheja. As the principal cellist of the Swedish National Youth Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra, Antonio has worked under the baton of Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Gianandrea Noseda, Itzhak Perlman and Esa-Pekka Salonen,
Hallongren is a graduate of the Master of Music program at the Juilliard School where he was a student of David Finckel and Richard Aaron.
Antonio plays a cello by JF Lott made in 1727, kindly on loan from the Jarnaker Foundation.

Anna-Maria Pusztai

Piano teacher

The piano educator, pianist and concert accompanist Anna-Maria Pusztai has studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She has received several prices at various piano competitions in Hungary, including title for best accompanist,  tredjepris and pianopath also has a national prize in national
has been awarded the Ministry of Culture's award for her contribution to piano teaching when she worked at Lajtha László Kulturskola.

Anna-Maria has toured som konsertackompanjatör in Spain, Italy, Hungary and Germany and has performed in TV_cc781905f-bd_5bde. Today she is active at Hisingens Kulturskola and Kulturskolan City and has also vari piano teacher during the international music camp Side by Side by Elsistema S.

She has collaborated and given concerts with many well-established instrumentalists and singers. With a great passion for chamber music and teaching  she is passionate about spreading piano music with its rich possibilities. Anna-Maria Pusztai is a board member of the Gothenburg Piano Festival.

Henrik Kilhamn


The pianist Henrik Kilhamn has studied for Bernt Wilhelmsson at the University of Stage and Music in Gothenburg and studied at Newcastle University in England. He regularly performs in concerts in many different contexts, including at the Gothenburg Opera, the Concert Hall and the Lagrasse piano festival in France. As part of Duo Cellissimo, he was selected for the finals in the chamber music competition Young and Promising 2017. He has also received the Royal Academy of Music's national scholarship. Henrik is passionate about classical piano music and is one of the initiators and chairman of the Piano Society in the West, an association for pianists in Gothenburg which i.a. arranges concerts.

Ensemble Hans and Greta

Opera for children and young people

Formed in 2012 by opera singers Pernilla Ingvarsdotter and Margaretha Westerlind to create opera for children aged 3-12 years. 
The ensemble produces playful productions, where children can easily identify with the characters.
The way it works is to simply put "new clothes" on already existing music, both opera and other classical works. By writing new exciting frame acts and new Swedish lyrics to all the songs, they can attract the children into the Opera's Magical World!
All productions also contain a large part of dance and comedy, which entices the children to actively participate in both action and song and dance at the end of each performance.
The ensemble has previously performed at Wermland Opera, Kalmar Theater, Boulevardteatern Sthlm, Uppsala Concert Hall and many, many more venues around Sweden. In Gothenburg, Ensemble Hans and Greta collaborate with the concert pianist Ha-Young Sul.

Daniel Klanger

Piano teacher

Daniel Klanger has extensive pedagogical experience in teaching students at varying levels. He has
i.a. taught at Mälardalen University, Chamber Musicians, Västerås Cultural School, Tromsø
Music conservatory and private.
DK is currently active as a freelance pianist in many different contexts and is employed as
pianist at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm.
DK is educated at the Swedish National Radio's Music School at Edsbergs Slott, Malmö Academy of Music
and the Conservatory of Music in Barcelona.
Some of his most important piano teachers have been José Ribera, Stanislav Knor, Michal Wesolovsky and Louis de Moura Castro.

Pernilla Ingvarsdotter


Pernilla Ingvarsdotter is a Swedish soprano who puts closeness and feeling in focus.

As a freelance soprano, she annually makes 50s appearances both in oratorio-orchestral contexts as well as chamber music in smaller formats around Sweden. She has been a soloist with orchestras such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nordica, Gothenburg Baroque, the Navy Music Corps and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra.
Together with various colleagues, she is active in several professional ensembles such as Trollman Quartet, Duo Nordic, Opera Spirits and Ensemble Hans and Greta. 
Berwaldhallen, Swedish Radio has several times engaged Pernilla Ingvarsdotter as a soprano soloist. Radio broadcasts include the premiere of Siegfried Naumann's Requiem with the Radio Choir and the Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gustav Sjökvist and Deutsche Motett on tour to the USA and Canada with the Radio Choir and Eric Ericson's Chamber Choir under the direction of Eric Ericson.
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Opera Spirits

Opera Duo

Imagine flying away in the magical world of opera and just sitting back and dreaming ....

The singing duo Opera Spirits perform together with the pianist Ha-Young Sul during the festival concert. Music by Monteverdi, Mozart and Rossini.

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Thomas Rudberg

Concert Pianist and teacher

Thomas Rudberg (b. 1991 in Belgium) moved to Sweden in 2001. After studying at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm for Prof. Staffan Scheja he took his master's degree and solo diploma at Edsberg Music Institute outside of Stockholm for Prof. Mats Widlund (2016).


As a soloist and chamber musician, Thomas has played and toured in Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Estonia, Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Norway, Latvia, Germany, Austria, USA and Canada.


On several occasions he has been a soloist with orchestra, eg in Brahms 1st piano concert with the Royal Music College Symphony Orchestra (autumn 2011). Thomas has a large chamber music repertoire and is a diligently engaged chamber musician. As a collaborative pianist to the Jenny Lind fellow, soprano Christina Nilsson, he went June 2014 on a USA / Canada tour.

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