Closing concert “Towards a new world”

Saturday, August 24 – 19.30

Sankt Petri church

Jakob Koranyi (cello), Sonoko Miriam Welde (violin), Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter (piano), Emily Davis (violin), Ilmari Hopkins (cello), Vårin Lie Rognes (viola), Helga Guren (actress), Stefan Kölsch (neuroscientist) and Fauve Tintigner (visual artist).

Duration 1h30

This concert is closing the second edition but will without any doubt open the doors to a different world. Nature preservation and sustainability are at the heart of the festival vision and this concert will be an artistic demonstration of the engagement of the artists towards a beautiful world and an invitation to join them. The concert will premiere a unique performance that will take shape in front of your eyes: the thicknesses of the landscapes, a collaborative project narrating a sustainable journey through the Nordic countries. As the first commission of the Reconciliation festival, the performance promotes the beauty of nature while engaging the audience to reconsider their relationship with travel and temporality.

Make the first step and join us at the concert in the journey towards the new world we want to build together!

Introduction by Pr Stefan Kölsch
Jose Elizondo (1972): “Latin American dances” for cello duo
Fauve Tintigner (1993): The thicknesses of the landscapes
Mel Bonis (1858-1937): Beau soir
Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947): quintet in F-sharp minor


Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi has firmly established himself on the classical music scene as one of Europe’s most interesting young soloists. Acclaimed for his commanding virtuosity, delicate sound and passion for diverse and innovative programmes, he has toured Europe extensively, performing in recital as well as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm and Luxembourg to name a few. Koranyi is a staunch advocate for all matters concerning the negative effects of climate change, which has led him to make the decision to avoid all fossil fuelled journeys, and to instead travel to his engagements using solely trains, electric car and bicycle. His views on sustainability have been highly regarded by orchestras, who support and respect his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint.
Jakob Koranyi is professor of cello at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he also teaches the course on Sustainable Professional Life in Music. He is founder and artistic director of Fairplay Chamber Music festival in Järna (Sweden), together with pianist Peter Friis Johansson.

Sonoko Miriam Welde is one of the most exciting young violinists to emerge from Norway in recent years. Born in Bergen in 1996 she made her debut with the Bergen Philharmonic aged nine and has since gone on to win the Norwegian Soloist Prize, Virtuos competition and the Equinor Classical Music Scholarship. Her appearances include concertos with Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Stavanger Symphony, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Kremerata Baltica, Zagreb Soloists, Oslo Camerata, and the Estonian Chamber Orchestra with conductors including Andrew Litton, James Gaffigan, Joshua Weilerstein, Han-Na Chang, Marta Gardolińska and Edward Gardner.
Sonoko is a founding member of the string quartet Opus13 with whom she won 2nd Prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2022.

Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter performs as a guest on prestigious stages such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam… He is trained in the great tradition of French, Polish, and German piano schools, beginning his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of 13. He later had a pivotal encounter with Krystian Zimerman. Frédéric is involved in projects that combine music with other art forms. He often collaborates with choreographers and dancers, particularly at the Opéra de Paris (such as Alexander Ekman’s Play in 2022). Frédéric lives in Paris.

Ilmari Hopkins is the alternating principal cellist in the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra since 2002 and is a lecturer in cello at the University of Stavanger. He has studied with Anatoly Nikitin at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg and with Torleif Thedéen at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he received his Soloist Diploma in 2002. Ilmari is an enthusiastic chamber musician and has participated in several music festivals across Europe and South America. He is also a cello teacher at OAcademy (formerly OA Orchestra of the Americas) and the talent program (UtB) at the Stavanger Cultural School.

Emily Davis enjoys a vibrant and international career as an orchestral leader, soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Based in Norway, she is the concertmaster of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and is regularly invited internationally as a guest leader with orchestras, including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (to name a few). Emily is passionate about directing larger chamber ensembles from the violin and founded ‘Thirteen North’ with Co-Artistic Director Catriona Price. As an ensemble they have a unique influence of both classical and folk music, formed of musicians who are performers, composers and improvisers in their own right. Emily was a founding member of the Artesian String Quartet from 2009-2016.

Vårin Lie Rognes is 20 years old talent from Stavanger. She was part of the Young Talents programme of Stavanger Kulturskolen from 2018 to 2023 and joined the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra with the SSO-Talent / Equinor Morgendagens helter (Tomorrow heroes) programme in 2021-2022. She now continues her musical education at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Norges musikkhøgskole) in Oslo with Lars Anders Tomter.

Stefan Kölsch is a world-leading brain scientist recruited by University of Bergen as Toppforsk (excellence research) Professor. His main research fields are neuroscience and experimental psychology. He is known for highly interdisciplinary work, co-authoring publications with neurologists, immunologists, psychiatrists, physicists, philosophers, musicologists, literary scholars, and psycholinguists. His bestseller book ” Good vibrations: the healing power of music” is available in german, french and norwegian…and soon in english.

Helga Guren studied at the Norwegian Theatre Academy (Teaterhøgskolen/KHiO), Esper Studio New York, and the Theatre Academy (Teaterhögskolan/StDH). She has also received opera training at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen. She joined Rogaland Teater in Stavanger in 2010.
In 2013, she was nominated for the Hedda Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Diana in “Når enden er god er allting godt” and for the role of Edith in “Oh my God.” For her role in the film “Rosemari” in 2016, she won the Kanonprisen 2016 for Best Supporting Role.
She won the Hedda Award for Best Actress in 2019 for her role as the protagonist in “Dritt//La Merda” by Cristian Ceresoli.
She is a versatile artist and plays norwegian hardingfele and harp as well as she sings and composes music. She founded Guren Salong, a musical initiative in 2012 and launched Trio Tractus in 2022.

Fauve Tintigner is a young french artist who lives in Paris. Norway is however familiar to her as she studied in KMD, Fakultet for Kunst, Musikk og Design in Bergen in 2019, after graduating from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts in Paris-Cergy.
“Brought up on the edge of the forest, bitten and paralyzed by a tick at a young age, her childhood imprinted on her flesh forever: Fauve Tintigner seems to have been infected by the Forest as a whole. From there, she explores in her pictorial, sound and choreography work a constant permeability between elements and bodies, waves and matter, past life and the future. This manifests itself in ethereal visions, perceptive glimpses into a quantum reality that has become tangible — to be here and elsewhere, all at once, always vibrating[…]. As a musician herself, with jazz playing an important role in her life, Fauve expands at times her pictorial work with sound and choreographic pieces, mixing ambient music (soundscape) and recordings.” by Théodore Dumas.
Fauve loves working with youth and children and has extensive experience working with them. She has developed a series of workshops (with the City of Paris and the Palais de Tokyo) and prioritizes listening to them and nurturing their creativity