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The Smetana Trio, founded in the year 1934 by the legendary Czech pianist Josef Páleníček, is today one of the foremost Czech ensembles. In 2024 the Smetana Trio celebrates 90th jubilee of its foundation. It can be seen frequently on leading concert stages both in the Czech Republic (Prague Spring, Janáček´s May, Moravian Autumn, Concentus moraviae, Malá Strana Chamber Festivities, Lipa Musica) and abroad (France, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Benelux, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Japan, Brazil, USA, Canada, South America, South Korea, Egypt). 

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Anders Carlsson

Anders Carlsson, PhD in musicology, has held various positions at the University of Gothenburg, including research coordinator at the Academy of Music and Drama, director of the Gothenburg Organ Art Center and head of department at the Academy of Crafts and Design, HDK. 

He was chief editor of the Swedish journal for music research 1999–2008.

In his PhD thesis "Handel and Bacchus or Handel and Bach?" he describes how the emergence of a professional orchestral life led to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra becoming the first professional symphony orchestra in the country when it was formed in 1905.


Eva Öhrström (prof em in music history) comes from the shores of Öresund and I have dedicated me to music and to read and write articles and books. I trained first for

music director and piano teacher.

Then debated at the Department of Musicology, University of Gothenburg in 1987 and after that I have taught music history at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm.

Books include the doctoral thesis (1987), Elfrida Andrée. A Life Fate (1999). The latest book deals with salons and social life in Europe 1600-1900 and is entitled "Alla on Friday evenings, people gathered" (2022).


Bengt Forsberg

Bengt Forsberg was born in 1952 in Edsleskog. He first aimed to train as an organist, but switched to piano along the way. After further piano studies in Copenhagen and London, he began a career as a concert pianist - not infrequently with such relatively unknown and challenging composers as Charles Alkan and Kaikhosru Sorabji in the repertoire.

For many years, he has also been Anne Sofie von Otter's constant musical companion in a long series of notable recordings on, among others, Deutsche Grammophon.

The acclaimed CD Neglected works for piano presents a long list of works by composers who have fallen into obscurity through no fault of their own, including Amy Beach, Vítĕzslava Kaprálová, Ruth Sofia Almén and Grażyna Bacewicz.


The Swedish-born concert pianist Helena Ha-Young Sul has her roots in Korea and Japan.

Helena Ha-Young Sul, a dedicated and established concert pianist and teacher/coach, is regularly invited as a jury member and teacher in master classes and piano competitions nationally and internationally. After studying at the Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Soloist class (Diplôme de Soliste) at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, she has appeared as a concert pianist and as a chamber musician in the USA, France, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Germany, England, Switzerland, China and South Korea. She has appeared in music festivals such as Piano en Saintonge in France and Båstad's chamber music festival as well as the Nuoro Music Festival in Italy.

Since 2010, she is the founder and artistic director of the Gothenburg Piano Festival in Sweden.

Her passion for organizing events and activities for young musicians has established various events. As artistic director, she invites musicians from all over the world.

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The Italian pianist Valentina Lombardo began playing the piano when she was four years old, showing immediately innate musical skills that led her, only a few years later, to win the second prize at the XIII “Città di Genova” Piano Competition.

She continued her studies at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Turin (Italy), where she graduated in piano with top marks and afterwards obtained the Second Level Academic Diploma.
She perfected herself at the Ecole Normal A.Cortot in Paris (France) attending the “Cours 

Valentina Lombardo is the winner of numerous international scholarships and in 2009 won the first overall prize at the “Città di Ozegna” Piano Competition.
She regularly performs, both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, in France, Italy and Belgium. For more information here 


Tobias Ringborg has established himself both in opera houses and on concert stages, as a conductor, soloist and chamber musician. His career began in 1994 when he won the Soloist Prize. In the same year, he took a soloist diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and his violin studies were then completed at the Juilliard School in New York. Ringborg has performed with all Swedish and a number of Scandinavian orchestras, often as both soloist and conductor, and recorded around twenty records. He plays on a Gagliano violin, lent by the Järnåker foundation.

He made his debut as a conductor in 2000 and has since had an emphasis on opera. He has been closely associated with the Royal Swedish Opera and led productions at, among others, Malmö Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Den Norske Opera, Den Jyske Opera, Oper Leipzig, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Garsington, New Zealand Opera and State Opera of South Australia. In 2010, he received the Herbert Blomstedt conducting prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music where he has been a member since 2011.

Claes Gunnarsson

Claes Gunnarsson has toured all over the world as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. He got off to a flying start in his career after he debuted as a soloist in Dvorak's Cello Concerto together with the Gothenburg Symphony at a young age and was subsequently invited as a solo cellist. A position he has held since 1999. Claes has given solo concerts in, among others, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, St Petersburg Philharmonie, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center and Singapore Symphony Hall as well as guesting at the leading international festivals such as La Folle Journée in Nantes , Music@Menlo in California, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Yuri Temirkanov Winter Festival in St Petersburg with conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Alexander Lazarev, Mihail Jurowski, Christian Zacharias and Christopher Warren-Green. Claes works as a teacher at the College of Stage and Music at the University of Gothenburg. He plays on a cello by David Tecchler 1707, which is a generous loan from the Järnåker Foundation. For more info here

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