Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m.
Trakošćan Castle, Knight’s Hall
Laura Vadjon, violin
Jonas Nordberg, lute
Marcus Mohlin, harpsichord
CONCERT ACCOMPANIED BY BAROQUE COFFEE
Musical manuscripts from Gustaf Düben Collection
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Sonata overo toccata quinta
detta La Laura rilucente
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger
Sweelinck Jan Pieterzson
La Follia op.5 no. 12
Laura Vadjon is the leading name in early music performance in Croatia. She is artistic director and concertmaster of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble. From 1999 she has performed extensively with the Ensemble in Croatia and abroad. She has worked with the world’s major baroque performers such as Catherine Mackintosh, Hervé Niquet, Richard Egarr, Werner Ehrhardt, Laurence Cummings, Philipp Pickett, Enrico Onofri, Alessandro Tampieri, Marcello Gatti, Stefano Montanari, Benjamin Bayl, Adrian Butterfield, Theresa Caudle, Rachel Brown, Aapo Hakkinnen and is a member of the London Handel Orchestra that performs regularely around Great Britain.
The winner of numerous awards such as Milka Trnina, Porin, Orlando, Ivan Lukačić (VBE 2016), she has performed in about twenty countries through Europe, Russia, Japan and South America. Laura Vadjon is a professor at the Zagreb Academy of Music, where she teaches the historic interpretation of the 17th and 18th century chamber music and is the director of the Korkyra Baroque Festival on the island of Korčula and Pelješac peninsula whose program represents the leading in baroque ensemble and soloist music perforamnce using time piece instruments.
She is playing on an authentic period instrument, the work of the Italian violin maker Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from 1759.
Jonas Nordberg is a musical performer mastering a wide range of plucked instruments from the 16th to 19th centuries. A graduate of the Mozarteum University Salzburg, he has an active schedule worldwide performing solo concerts, chamber music, staged performances and large ensemble work.
In 2015 his solo debut album for Eudora Records, Music by de Visée, Weiss & Dufaut was released. In 2017 Heroines of love and loss was released on BIS Records featuring music by female composers and fictive heroines together with Ruby Hughes, soprano and Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann, baroque cello, receiving a Diapason d’Or award. From 2018 he records solo work exclusively for BIS Records. He is also regularly seen and heard on Swedish state television (SVT), BBC Radio, Sveriges Radio, Deutschlandfunk and on radio stations worldwide.
As a continuo player Nordberg has performed with Concerto Köln, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Copenhagen, Orfeo 55, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Rebaroque, Aurora Orchestra, Camerata Øresund, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Ensemble 1B1, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra & Gävle Symphony Orchestra amongst several other period instrument chamber groups.
Venues and festivals the past seasons include Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, Greenwich Early Music Festival, Stockholm Early Music Festival, BAM New York, National Sawdust NYC, Kioi Hall Tokyo, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Concertgebouw Brügge, Theater Bonn Opernhaus, Grand Théatre Luxembourg, Mozarteum Salzburg, Malmö Opera, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm, Helsinki City Theatre, Salzburger Landestheater, Herculessaal München Palladium Malmö, Gothenburg Concert Hall, Stockholm Concert Hall, Stavanger Concert Hall, Movimentos festwochen Wolfsburg and Norrlandsoperan amongst several other concert halls and churches around the world.
Marcus Mohlin was born in 1989 in Stockholm. He started playing the piano at the age of 6 and later discovered harpsicord when attending a school project where Peter Spissky, concert champion of Concerto Copenhagen, was a teacher. Marcus studied harpsicord for Mayumi Kamata and Ulf Söderberg at Collegium Musicum, a specialization in early music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. During his studies, he also participated in master classes for Ton Koopman and Rinaldo Alessandrini.
Today Marcus works as a freelance musician and travels throughout Europe. He plays with baroque personalities like Lars-Ulrik Mortensen, Rachel Podger, Alfredo Bernadini and has been invited to most of the major orchestras in the Nordic countries, including Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Drottningholms Barockensemble and Concerto Copenhagen.
One of his Swedish chamber music groups, Ensemble Flautino, has been awarded the majority of scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music and in 2015 they recorded a CD with Bach’s flute songs. In 2015, a CD was released with Bach’s harpsichord concerts for 2,3 and 4 harpsichords, where Marcus is a soloist, together with Trevor Pinnock, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen, Marieke Spaans and Concerto Copenhagen.