ATLE SPONBERG – VIOLIN
Atle Sponberg has earned a reputation as a multifaceted musician. He is active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader, has toured throughout Norway, and has played at festivals all over Europe, in the USA and in Australia.
Sponberg has performed as a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Soloists, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra, the Pori Sinfonietta in Finland, Nordbotten Chamber Orchestra, the Northern BBC Orchestra and the Ulster Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors including Rolf Gupta, Ari Rasilainen, Walter Weller, Andrew Manze, Øyvind Gimse, Terje Tønnesen and Bryden Thompson.
As a chamber musician he has appeared at festivals in England, Ireland, Finland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia and Norway. Sponberg has played with musicians including Adrian Brendel, Prya Mitchell, Christian Poltera, Kathryn Stott, Nicholas Dautricourt, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Piers Lane, Henning Kraggerud, Arvid Engegård, Juliet Jopling, Håvard Gimse, Øyvind Gimse, Øystein Birkeland, Knut Erik Sundquist and the Vertavo String Quartet.
Among Sponberg’s many recordings are the critically acclaimed Quietude with the Gjøvik Sinfonietta, Tango for 3, several CDs with the Engegård Quartet and releases featuring new music by Antonio Bibalo, Randall Meyers, Ståle Kleiberg and Nikolai Apollyon, among others. He also has many years of experience in the areas of early music and Argentinian tango.
Sponberg is a permanent member of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and is the artistic director of Orkester Innlandet. He plays tango in a number of ensembles with bandoneonists Marcelo Nisinman, Åsbjørg Ryeng, Andreas Rokseth and Per Arne Glorvigen, among others.
Atle Sponberg plays on a violin made in 1752 by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Milan, on loan from the Savings Bank Foundation DNB.
ANN–HELEN MOEN – SOPRANO
Soprano Ann-Helen Moen is an extremely versatile singer who is known for her musical interpretations of a broad repertoire ranging from the early baroque to the great romantic composers and contemporary music. She performs both in concerts and in operas.
Together with Liv Glaser on fortepiano she has recorded Mozart’s Lieder for SIMAX Classics. She performs regularly with all the Norwegian and Danish orchestras, and collaborates with the Engegård Quartet and pianists such as Christian Ihle Hadland, Håvard Gimse, Liv Glaser and Ingrid Andsnes. Conductors she has sung with include Ed Gardner, Masaaki Suzuki, Rinaldo Alessandrini, William Christie, Harry Christophers, Sir Andrew Davis, Paul McCreesh, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Philippe Jordan, Kristjan Järvi, Andrew Litton, Susanna Mälkki and Juanjo Mena.
Moen studied with Susanna Eken at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Upon completing her studies she was engaged as a soloist at the Graz Opera in Austria for three years.
Orkester Innlandet is a professional ensemble that, since its establishment in 1990 as the Gjøvik Sinfonietta, has offered audiences a wide variety of outstanding concert experiences. Violinist and municipal conductor Rolf Bækkelund founded the ensemble. Since 2000, Orkester Innlandet’s artistic director has been Gjøvik’s internationally respected violinist Atle Sponberg, a former student of the Gjøvik School of the Arts. In addition to concerts featuring classical music, the orchestra focuses on genre-transcending productions, resulting in several critically acclaimed CDs and concert productions.