Welcome to the Sunnmøre Chamber Music Festival!

The Dream concert

Saturday 1. September kl. 18.00 at Volda University College, (90 min)


Dinner and concert at hotell union øye

Wednesday September 4, 07.00 pm at Hotel Union Øye

Introduction: For this evening we have put together a variety of music from the festival program, accompanied by an outstanding three-course dinner at the historical Hotel Union Øye.

opening concert (K1)

Thursday September 5, 06.00 pm at Propellhallen (Industrial hall), Volda city center

Introduction: The opening concert presents the themes for this year's festival. We meet 200-year-old Clara Schumann, both as a composer and as a source of inspiration for Brahms' mighty third piano quartet, with the "Clara motif". We also meet the 100-year-olds Johan Kvandal and Øistein Sommerfeldt, as well as the highly gifted Lili Boulanger.


Øistein Sommerfeldt: piano piece (World premiere!) (Plagge)

Johan Kvandal: Aria, Cadenza e Finale (Carlsen, Plagge)

Clara Schumann: 6 songs, op. 13 (Gilchrist, Plagge)

Lili Boulanger: D´un soir triste (Giorgini, Carslen, Aasgaard)

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 (Giorgini, Follesø, Svedberg, Neary)


The hareid concert (K2)

Friday September 6, 05.30 pm at Hareid Bedehus

A little introduction: The concert opens with a world premiere of a piano piece Johan Kvandal wrote to Wolfgang Plagge in 1975. British Muriel Herbert is a more unknown name, but the interest in her music has been increasing over the last years, and has, among other things, been helped by James Gilchrist's CD recordings. Tchaikovsky's magnificent piano trio has a solid place in the repertoire, but the work had probably not been created without the influence of the composer's benefactor, Nadezhda von Meck.


Cécile Chaminade: 6 Piéces Romantiques (Giorgini, Plagge)

Muriel Herbert: 5 songs (Gilchrist, Giorgini)

Piotr Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio (Plagge, Carslen, Aasgaard)

Concert in Hjørundfjorden Church

Friday September 6, 9.00 pm at Hjørundfjorden church, Sæbø

Introduction: This evening you will have the opportunity to get to know works by two fantastic composers, Isabella Leonarda and the newly written work Strange Wordsby by Judith Bingham. The concert is concluded with Schubert's well-known string quartet "Death and the Maiden Quartet,".


Isabella Leonarda: Sonata decima (Follesø, Carlsen, Neary, Plagge)

Judith Bingham: Strange Words (Gilchrist, Neary)

Franz Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor («Death and the Maiden») (Follesø, Carlsen, Svedberg, Aasgaard)


Concert at jensaløda barn

Saturday September 7, 12.00 am at Jensaløda, Leira

Introduction: The concert opens with a piece of Clara Schumann, where her unique character as a composer actually appears. You will also meet the talented composer Fanny Mendelssohn, who was far more than Felix's little sister. The audience can also enjoy hearing Sommerfeldt's tone setting of three of poet Kathleen Raine's poetry, as well as Robert Schumann's evergreen piano quintet, written to his wife, Clara Schumann.


Clara Schumann: Three Romances, op. 22 (Follesø, Plagge)

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Piano Trio (Giorgini, Follesø, Aasgaard)

Øistein Sommerfeldt: From Kathleen Raine´s Poetry, op. 55 (James, Saskia)

Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet (Plagge, Follesø, Carlsen, Svedberg, Neary)


The colsing concert

Saturday September 7, 07.00 pm at Volda Church

Litt om programmet: In recent years, we have also performed chamber music at the concluding concert. This year, Schubert's ironing trio is on the program. This is, however, primarily a choir concert, and under Elisabeth Holte's leadership we are included on a fascinating musical journey that spans almost 1000 years. Piety attached to the Virgin Mary is central to several works.

Wolfgang Plagge og Annar Follesø are the artistic directors of Sunnmøre Chambre Music Festival.


festival musicians 2019


Maria Angelika Carlsen

Considered as one of Norway's foremost young violinists, Maria is the 2nd concert master for the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra and the previous concert master for Stavnager symphony orchestra and the Philharmonic in Bergen. She is also the concert master and artistic director for Ensemble Allegria. On the ensemble's last album, a record that was nominated for the Spellemann award, Maria was one of two soloists. She also plays on Solistkoret´s last album "Meins Lebens Licht", where she performs Knut Nystedt's "Ave Maria" for choir and solo violin, a recording that won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année award. Maria is an active chamber musician and permanent member of the Atem String Quartet. Maria plays on a Guiseppe Rocca from 1850, loaned by Dextra Musica. She visited Sunnmøre Chamber Music Festival for the first time in 2016.

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Saskia Giorgini

Saskia Giorgini is considered one of the most interesting pianists of her generation. She is praised for her “unerring technique, a beautiful and moving sound, a phrasing full of fantasy and a pure musicality” (Salvatore Accardo). The Italian pianist won the international Mozart competition in Salzburg in 2016 and a number of other competitions before that. She has collaborated with international musicians such as Ian Bostridge, Martin Fröst, Janine Jansen and the Henscjel Quartet. Saskia is also known for being a brilliant song pianist, something the audience will enjoy listening to during the festival.


James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist is one of the UK’s leading tenors and has performed in major concert halls throughout the world.   Recognised as ‘the finest Evangelist of his generation’ his extensive repertoire embraces works spanning many centuries.   He is an enthusiastic and prolific exponent of lieder and enjoys nothing better than putting together interesting and challenging recital programmes. His impressive discography includes the Schubert and Schumann song cycles, Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Britten.


Minna Svedberg Feldtmann

The Swedish viola player has studied with Lars Anders Tomter at the Conservatory in Copenhagen, Simone Jandl at HfM ”Hanns Eisler” Berlin and is now studying a Master's degree with Nobuko Imai at the conservatory in Amsterdam. Minna was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2010-2014 and with her string quartet Alba String Quartet she won the talent scholarship in the international Carl Nielsens competition in 2015. As a student she played chamber music with both members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Karajan Academy. Minna was recently employed in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. She plays on a viola built by Jens Nørskov in 1984.

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Alice Neary

Alice Neary has an impressive career both as a soloist and as chamber musician. She has won awards in several major international cello competitions, including Leonard Rose (USA) and the prestigious Pierre Fournier competition (1998). From 2001 to 2018, Alice was a permanent member of the Gould Piano Trio, which has been one of the leading chamber music groups in Europe for the past 20 years. With the trio, she has played many concerts and released over 25 CDs. As a solo artist she has recorded Mendelssohn's cello sonatas, and cello concerts by Howells, Patterson and Tovey. Alice has recently been employed as the first cellist in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Allice plays on a cello by Alessandro Gagliano from 1710.


Wolfgang Plagge

Wolfgang Plagge's compositions have been played by orchestras, soloists and ensembles all over the world. He is a popular speaker, and his broad knowledge and unpretentious style has made him a regular on radio and television. Plagge is employed as a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He became known as a young talent when he won the Youth Piano Championship when he was 11 years old, and made his debut as a pianist the following year. As a composer he has written more than 130 works. Most of these are piano and chamber music. Plagge is the artistic director of the Sunnmøre Chamber Music Festival, along with Annar Follesø..


Annar Follesø

"Follesø has a superb form sense and a nuance register that just has to be heard", Kjell Hillveg wrote in Aftenposten when Follesø released a record with Bartok in 2005. Follesø started playing violin at the cultural school in Volda, but quickly became a student at the Barat-Due Music Institute and moved on to the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, USA. He has released several albums and played concerts around the world. His most recent recording is Ole Bull's violin concerts (2010) in collaboration with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and conductor Ole Kristian Ruud. In 2019 he is releasing a new record with more music by Ole Bull. Follesø is the artistic director of the Sunnmøre Chamber Music Festival together with Wolfgang Plagge


Jonathan Aasgaard

Jonathan Aasgaard is a solo cellist at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the John Wilson Orchestra. He is often invited as a group leader or soloist in a number of British and European orchestras. He is in addition a busy chamber musician with concerts all over the world. He has recorded several albums, both works for cello and orchestra and cello sonata. His recording of Brahm's cello sonata with Martin Roscoe was "Editors' Choice" in the magazine Gramophone. Aasgards’s repertoire is extensive and includes many new works for cello and orchestra, and electronic music and improvisation. Aasgaard plays on a cello by Celeste Farotti, built in Milan in 1926. He has visited the Sunnmøre Chamber Music Festival a number of times.



The festival's own project choir, consisting of singers from local district choirs has always been a central part of the closing concert in Volda Church. The choir is led by Ketil Grøtting in the weeks leading up to the festival, and during the festival week the choir will be working with by Elisabeth Holte, this year's festival conductor.


Elisabeth Holte

Elisabeth Holte is the cantor at Uranienborg church in Oslo. She holds her degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and has studied under the legendary Eric Ericson in Stockholm. Holte is the conductor and artistic director of the Uranienborg Vocal Ensemble which she founded in 2002. The ensemble has had great success with concerts, recordings, competitions and tours in many countries. In addition, Holte works as a freelance conductor and instructor both in Norway and abroad. Her work includes both a cappella repertoire and larger works for choir and orchestra. She has done a number of performances by composers such as Ørjan Matre, Ola Gjeilo and Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen.


festival pass

You can also buy tickets for separate concerts in advance, or at the entrance on the concert day.

Price: 800,-

See an overview of all concerts here

You can also buy tickets for singular concerts in advance, or at the entrance on the concert day.


Opening concert 250, -

Concert with dinner at Hotel Union Øye 795, -

Concert at Hareid bedehus 250, -

Concert at Sæbø 250, -

Concert at Jensaløda barn 250, -

Final concert 300, -

The dream concert with the cultural schools 100, -