CAROLINE EIDSTEN DAHL – RECORDER
Caroline Eidsten Dahl (b. 1980) is one of Norway’s most active recorder players. Her training took place under the auspices of Frode Thorsen at the Grieg Academy in Bergen as well as with Dan Laurin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where in 2006 she completed her studies specialising in chamber music. Caroline is a permanent member of several ensembles including the Woodpeckers recorder quartet, Ensemble Freithoff, Bragernes Barokk and the Christian IV Consort. She performs concerts regularly throughout Norway, Sweden and Denmark, both as a chamber musician and a soloist.
In the spring of 2007 she was one of three winners of Concerts Norway’s launch program “INTRO-klassisk” for performances during the 2008–2009 season. Under the direction of Concerts Norway, she travelled to India and China performing Norwegian and Chinese music with musicians from Shanghai.
Caroline has performed at numerous festivals including the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, where she played with Academia Montis Regalis, the Early Music Festival in London, Stockholm Early Music Festival, the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, the Oslo Opera Festival, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Oslo International Church Music Festival, Glogerfestspillene and the Barokkfest festival in Trondheim.
2014 saw the release of Caroline’s debut solo album “Blockbird – Norwegian Recorder Music” on the LAWO Classics label, receiving rave reviews both on the home front and abroad. This was followed in 2018 by the release of “Sonata Norwegica” on the same label, featuring Norwegian and Swedish baroque music.
Caroline received the Arts Council of Norway’s scholarship for newly established artists for a two-year period from 2010 to 2012.
KATE HEARNE – BAROQUE CELLO
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kate is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. Equally at home on the baroque cello as on the recorder, she plays both instruments professionally and tours extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, performing with an array of baroque and contemporary music ensembles.
During her student years, Kate was recipient of many awards for her playing, including first prize at the inaugural Montréal International Recorder Competition and scholarships from the Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholars Trust, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Swedish Arts Council and Konstnärsnämnden, among others. She has recorded for labels such as BIS, CPO, Decca, Lyric, and ECM with ensembles including Concerto Copenhagen, Barokksolistene, the Norwegian Soloists Choir and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
Kate is adamant about spreading her knowledge and enthusiasm on to the next generation and she is involved in some fantastic projects for children and young people. Herself and Caroline Eidsten Dahl make up half of the virtuoso recorder quartet Woodpeckers, which insures that live music reaches the ears of thousands of children every year. She has given master classes at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and teaches at various summer courses throughout Europe. Since 2017, Kate is employed with Musikalliansen in Sweden, which gives her the freedom to pursue her freelance career while offering security. She lives with her family in the seaside town of Helsingborg.
CHRISTIAN KJOS – HARPSICHORD
After studying harpsichord at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Christian Kjos took a diploma in early music at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, Switzerland, studying with Jesper Christensen.
Christian is a very active continuo player playing with orchestras such as Barokkanerne, Norwegian Baroque Orchestra (now merged into Barokkanerne – Norwegian Baroque Ensemble) and Concerto Copenhagen. He has participated in several CD recordings, radio-, TV- and opera productions in Norway and abroad. In 2004, Christian was the first Norwegian ever to be a member of The European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) under the direction of Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ton Koopman and Andrew Manze. He is also a member of Ensemble Meridiana, who has won multiple first prizes in international early music competitions and performs regularly in England, Switzerland and Germany.
Christian is particularly interested in continuo playing based on historical sources. Since 2015 Christian is a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music with his artistic research project, «Releasing the loudie», that deals with continuo playing in George Fredrick Handel’s Italian continuo cantatas.