Spring festival in Næstved

March 16
March 21

Welcome to the festival "Folk music in the Classical"

In classical music, composers have always been inspired by folk music. Themes and melodies from folk songs are interpreted by composers, special folk dances and rhythms form the basis of much classical music and inspiration from all over the world has been used extensively by the classical composers throughout the history of music.

When Ensemble Storstrøm comes to Næstved, which has a lively folk music and folk dance environment, it is with this tradition in the luggage that we want to meet the folk music of today and today in Fensmark Folkemusikhus, in the concert halls and in the youth center with street dance. Danish Chamber Players' program takes the audience around the world with music that has deep folk roots in the various places.

Spring Festival 2024 in Næstved

Guest soloists

Photo Sophie Haagen

Sophie Haagen

Sophie Haagen, mezzo-soprano (b. 1991)
With a voice compared to 'black velvet' is Sophie Haagen praised for its characteristic sound and flexibility. She is already establishing herself as a sought-after mezzo-soprano in large parts of the world.

Sophie Haagen studied singing at Det Kgl. Danish Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, after which she was admitted to the Kgl. Teater's opera academy, where she trained as a soloist. The studies were completed during the summer of 2021. In addition, she has studied at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York and at the School of the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. In October 2019, Sophie Haagen was awarded first prize together with the pianist Elias Holm at the "Copenhagen Lied Duo Competition" at Det Kgl. Danish Conservatory of Music.

She had her first leading role (Ursula) in 2020 in David Bruce's opera “Nothing” at Det Kgl. Theater. In 2021, Sophie Haagen could add this year's Leonie Sonning Talent Award to the list of awards.

Niklas Walentin

Niklas Walentin, violin (b. 1994) started playing the violin at the age of six and has studied with Søren Elbæk, Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider, Sergej Krylov (at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano) and Eszter Haffner.
At the age of 18, he placed second at the 9th International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition, where he also won the special prizes for best interpretations of Carl Nielsen's and Ib Nørholm's works.
Twice Niklas received the Danish Arts Agency's grant "The Young Elite" - as a soloist and as a member of the Trio Vitruvi - in addition to numerous other awards and grants, including The Musikanmelderringen's Artist Award and DR P2 Talent Award of the Year.
Niklas Walentin has toured – both as a soloist and chamber musician as a member of Trio Vitruvi – in a number of European countries, in Japan, China and the USA and has given concerts in some of the world's most famous concert halls such as Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Cortot in Paris, The Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg and in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Niklas has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Russia and Germany, with most Danish regional orchestras and the DR Symphony Orchestra.
In 2020, a critically acclaimed CD was released on Naxos with all the solo sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe. He plays on a a Joannes Franciscus Pressenda/Q. Raphael violin (Torino 1837) kindly lent by the Augustinus Foundation.

Photo Niklas Valentin
Photo Mats Iversen Vangen

Bilal Irshed

Bilal Irshed, oud (b. 1981) is a Palestinian composer and oud player living in Denmark. His solo project, Bilal's Trio, plays experimental arrangements within traditional Middle Eastern music, combined with original compositions and elements of world music. Bilal's second project, The Fifth String, is a fusion between classical Arabic music and Western chamber music. Bilal is also a member of The Middle East Peace Orchestra and he lives in Copenhagen where he teaches oud as well as Arabic music theory and orchestration.

Henrik Goldschmidt

Henrik Goldschmidt, oboe (b. 1959) was employed in Det Kgl. Kapel in 1986 and has also been employed by the Berliner Philharmoniker, the State Philharmonic Orchestra in Hamburg, the DR Symphony Orchestra and has represented Denmark in The World Symphony Orchestra.
2017-2022 he was an adjunct professor at the Southern Danish Conservatory of Music.
On 1 November 2022, he left the position in Det Kgl. Chapel and now devotes himself to his freelance career and educational work.
Henrik founded the Middle East Peace Orchestra in 2003 and for a number of years toured with this ensemble all over the world.
Over the years, Henrik has received a large number of awards, including The Jakob Gade Prize, the Royal Theater Prize, the Danish Music Association's Honorary Prize, the Emil Holms Legacy, the Wilhelm Hansen Foundation's Honorary Prize, the HC Lumbye Prize and the P2 prize as "Firefighter of the Year" (for his work with Goldschmidt's Music Academy). In September 2021, as the first Dane ever, he received the PL prize of DKK 100.000 "for his enormous efforts for musical collaboration across language, culture and religion - out in the world and here in Denmark".

Photo Leif Tuxen

Event calendar

Sunday, April 28, 2024
Kl. 16: 00
Gartnervej 5, 4800 Nykøbing Falster
SPRÄNG and Danish Chamber Players
Folk music with contemporary dance Kulturfabrikken

Special festival sponsors

The Soloist Association
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William Demant2


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