MOGENS DAHL CHAMBER CHOIR

The Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir is a professional ensemble of hand-picked singers from across Scandinavia.

The choir was founded in 2005 and has since become one of the most renowned classical ensembles in the region. While it is artistically rooted in the Nordic a cappella tradition, the ensemble’s goal to influence the future agenda of vocal music has sent them on a constant quest for new horizons.

The choir often performs newly composed music by established Nordic composers which is specially written for the ensemble. In 2014, the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir performed Sven-David Sandström’s Nordic Mass for the first time at the Bergen International Festival. This pioneering work has been the latest addition to the choir’s acclaimed CD releases.

A wonderful reinterpretation of The Passion of St. John was brought to the audience in the spring of 2016. Music by Sven-David Sandström, text curated by Jakob Holtze. The work saw it’s premiere in Konzerthaus Berlin and was also performed on the opening of the Thuringian Bachwochen as well as in the Church of Holmen, Copenhagen and The Dome of Lund, Sweden.

In 2015 and 2016 the choir performed Handel’s Messiah in collaboration with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

★★★★★★
“Mogens Dahl’s unparalleled “Messiah””
“The choir itself is perhaps the loveliest on an evening such as this. The very few singers that be immediately come to the fore with characteristic and really beautiful voices.”
– Søren Schauser, Berlingske Tidende Dec. 5. 2016.

★★★★★
“Oh, Lord, how good!”
“Sven-David Sandström’s new Easter piece is beautiful music, and it is performed by a world class choir.”
“The performance is a major success for the artists involved… And, first and foremost, it is a success for the conductor Mogens Dahl with his 18-strong chamber choir, whose idea it all was.”
– Søren Schausser, Berlingske Tidende. About Sandström/Holtze’s Passion of St. John 2016

★★★★
“… a sumptuous performance… Many moments that took one’s breath away.”
“Mogens Dahl’s Chamber Choir unfolded itself to superbly demonstrate a new Nordic passion at top international level.”
– Thomas Michelsen, Politiken. About Sandström/Holtze’s Passion of St. John 2016

★★★★★
“A work that has every chance to be the 21-century’s musical take on one of mankind’s most seminal stories.”
– Peter Dürrfeld, Kristelig Dagblad. About Sandström/Holtze’s Passion of St. John 2016

“Luminous singing”
– Tobias Lund, Sydsvenskan. About Sandström/Holtzes Passion of St. John 2016

“It was with charitable sensitivity, but without going over the top, that the 16 singers in Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir touched our hearts.”
– Per Rask Madsen, Information. About Messiah with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 2015.

Scandinavian functionalism meets genuine British baroque. […] This was simple, beautiful and redeeming.
– Thomas Michelsen, Politiken. About Messiah with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 2015.

“Nothing less than a sensation”
– Camilla Lundberg, Sveriges Television. About Nordic Mass

★★★★★★
“It’s choral singing at the highest level here.”
– Magasinet Klassisk. Review of Nordic Mass

 “Such vocal dexterity is truly astonishing and well worth exploring and relishing.”
– Malcolm Riley, Gramophone. Review of Nordic Mass

“Sacred North is a splendid manifestation of what 20 professional singers can lift to the heavens of Nordic musical art.”
– Peter Johannes Erichsen in Weekendavisen

“With this collection of Nordic sacral choir music, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir elevates all the way up into the singing’s premier league. Here is a Danish choir in a league of its own and with a unique tonal potential. “
– Christine Christiansen in Information

Andreas Halling

Swedish Andreas Halling is an active soloist and ensemble singer across Europe. He frequently works with leading ensembles in both early and new music and has sung under the direction of such conductors as René Jacobs, Eric Ericson and Laurence Equilbey.

After a musical education in the Swedish choral tradition, Andreas Halling decided to study singing at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, France, and later at the Royal Conservatory in the Haag, the Netherlands. He now lives in Brussels where he has been studying with Belgian tenor Bart de Kegel. More information and news at www.halling.eu.

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Daniel Carlsson

Daniel Carlsson was born in Sweden in 1980. He began his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2002 and graduated as a countertenor 2009, Daniel has participated in master classes with Martin Isepp, Jill Feldman, Roger Vignoles and Paul Esswood and took private lessons with Richard Levitt, who was Andreas Scholl’s teacher for many years.

Daniel has been a soloist with conductors such as Stephen Layton, Philip Pickett and Mark Tatlow. Olof Boman directed Alberto Ristoris opera Calandro with Daniel in the role of Nearco at Sanssouci in Potsdam Festspiele 2010. He has had several major opera roles, including Nero in Monteverdi’s opera The Coronation of Poppaea, Ptolemy in Handel’s opera Julius Caesar, Farman in Falling Awake by Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki.

Most recently, Daniel played Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A midsummer nights dream and Abraham in a theater version of Britten’s Abraham and Isac at Gothenburg Opera.

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David Wijkman

David Wijkman, baritone, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2010, studying currently at the Opera School in Weimar, Germany. David has a permanent position as first bass in the DR Concert Choir, Mogens Dahl Chamber and is a widely used soloist both in Denmark and abroad. David has sung the bass part in oratorios such as Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Passions of Mathew and John by Bach and Handel’s Messiah – the latter he performed, among other places in Havana, Cuba, along with the Cuban baroque ensemble Ars Longa. Operatic roles include Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Papageno in The Magic Flute and Greve Robinson from Il matrimonio segreto on stage in among other Theater Nordhausen, Eckhof Theater in Gotha and Teatro del Giglio in Lucca.
David has participated in Masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff, Malcolm Walker, Andreas Schmidt, Bo Skovhus, Deborah Polaski, Fiona McSherry and others.

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Erlend Tyrmi

Erlend Tyrmi comes from Norwaybut has been living the last ten years in CopenhagenHe is a much used baryton soloist in oratoriums in Norway and Denmarkand has been soloist with most of the Danish symphoni orchestrasErlend is also a skilled chamber musician in the fields from baroque cantatas to romantic liederHe has also participated in several operas, ao. the Opera Hedeland and with ‘Nordisk Netværk for tidlig Opera’.

Erlend is educated at the The Royal Danish Music Conservatory and The Opera Academy in Copenhagen.

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Hilde Gjermundsen

Norwegian Hilde Gjermundsen studied voice and piano at the Academy at Hamar and at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim, Norway. She works in the music branch at Trondheim Katedralskole, teaches methodology at the Conservatory besides being an active singer and educationist. Hilde Gjermundsen appears frequently as a concert soloist and has appeared in soprano parts in operas, operettas, masses and oratories, specially in baroque music and first performances of new music.

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Ingeborg Dalheim

Ingeborg Dalheim studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo with Mona Julsrud and Svein Bjørkøy as teachers. She specializes in baroque music and has collaborated with conductors such as Gabriel Garrido, Rinaldo Alessandrini and Alan Curtis. Dalheim has since 2004 been a member of the French ensemble Les Arts Florissants under the direction of William Christie and sings regularly with Hesperion XXI under the leadership av Jordi Savall.

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Jakob Skjoldborg

Jakob Skjoldborg is a self-taught singer with a musical background stretching from rock, musical comedy and classical music. He is a member of Ars Nova Copenhagen and works as a soloist mainly in renaissance and baroque music.

He is a co-founder of the Holmen’s men’s quartet, Holmgang, and has released two acclaimed albums with the indie rock band Windermere.

Jakob Skjoldborg has a university degree in Danish and language psychology, and he turns his skills in language and music to good account by setting select Danish poetry to music.

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Johan Bogren

Johan Bogren was born and grew up in Linköping, Sweden. After graduating from the Music High School in Norrköping, Johan Bogren studied singing at Vadstena Folkhögskola, Birmingham Conservatoire and finally at the Royal College of Music, London.

Johan Bogren has sung in the opera choirs at Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, and the Malmö Opera.

As an ensemble singer he is permanently attached to Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and Ensemble Syd. In 2006 Johan Bogren became a permanent member of Radio Denmark’s Concert Choir and has participated in several projects with the Radio’s Vocal Ensemble.

Johan Bogren has appeared as a soloist at several oratory concerts both in Sweden and in England, and he has been awarded the Linköping Cultural Grant and the Östergötland County Cultural Grant.

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Jonathan Ingvald

Graduated in classical singing 2010 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and studied under Antonio Juvarra in Monte Belluna, Italy.
Is frequently engaged as both lied- and oratorium singer.
Toured in the summer of 2012 with Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” and Franz Schubert’s “Die Schöne Mullerin” in large parts of Sweden and Denmark.
Jonathan is often used as a soloist in oratoriums as Haydn’s “The Creation”, Handel’s “Messiah,” Bach’s “Magnificat” and Saint-saens “Christmas Oratorium”.

Since 2007, singing in Gentofte’s Choir, under the direction of Ruben Munk.

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Lone Selchau

Lone Selchau is a mezzo-soprano as well as a graduate from The Royale Danish Academy of Music as Choir- & Orchestra Leader.

Lone is a permanent member of the Danish Radio Concert Choir and the Enghave Chamber Choir.

Prior to this Lone has been permanently employed as member of the choir and soloist at the Gewandhaus Chamber Choir in Leipzig Germany and the Immortal Bach Ensemble also in Germany.

Lone has in addition to this been on the permanent staff at The University of Music as a singing teacher.

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Merete Laursen

Merete Laursen has a degree in musicology from Aarhus University 1998, after which she studied classical song at the Music Conservatory of Jutland, Aarhus; further studies with Dorthe Steensgaard, Tonny Landy and Klaus Møller. At the Opera Hedeland, Den Jyske Opera, the Gellerup Scene, Aarhus, and at the DANA Opera she has appeared in a number of operatic parts, and at the New Theatre, Copenhagen, she has sung big musical parts.

In addition to her choir singing in Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, Merete Laursen assists in the choirs at the Royal Opera, Den Jyske Opera, and the Radio Concert Choir, and has been an assistant in Ars Nova Copenhagen.

 

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Nana Bugge Rasmussen

Already as a child Nana Bugge Rasmussen was greatly interested in singing, and so she got her first vocal training in the Childrens Choir of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she started only eight years old.Parallel to private vocal studies with opera singer Anne Margrethe Dahl, she studied philosophy at the University of Copenhagen from 2005 to 2007, where she got accepted both at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, as well as at Universität der Künste, Berlin.She began her studies in Berlin, and continued in Copenhagen with Anne Margrethe Dahl and coach Christen Stubbe-Teglbjærg. In 2010 she gained her BA-degree from RDAM, and in 2013 her MA-degree, studying with voice-teacher Susanna Eken.She works with lied as well as opera and church music and is also a member of Holmens Vokalensemble, based i Holmens Church, Copenhagen.

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Regína Unnur Ólafsdóttir

Icelandic soprano Regina Unnur Olafsdottir has a degree in singing from the Royal Danish Conservatory, Copenhagen, 2009, where her teacher was Kirsten Buhl Møller. She also has a degree as a vocal coach from Complete Vocal Institute, Copenhagen.

Regina Unnur Olafsdottir has sung concerts as a soloist and with choirs and ensembles in many countries, both in Europe and in the USA. In the Icelandic chamber Opera “Grettir” she sang the part of the saga heroine Spes.

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Staffan Liljas

Staffan Liljas, bass-baritone, is equally at home on the concert and opera stage. This past year, he has been part of three critically lauded performances – first as Don Pedro in Berlioz’ Beatrice et Benedict at Läckö Slottsopera, then as the Badger in Janacek’s The cunning little vixen at Norrlandsoperan,and lastly performing Ligeti’s Aventures at Folkoperan. 

Staffan Liljas graduated the master’s program at the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 2012. He has been an avid choir singer since an early age, and has performed with over 80 different choirs, including the Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

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Torsten Nielsen

TORSTEN NIELSEN

Torsten Nielsen is a baritone graduated with a so-called diploma exam from the Royal Danish Music Conservatory, Copenhagen; further studies with, among others, Anthony Rolfe Johnson.

He appears as a soloist in works such as the requiems by Fauré and Duruflé, the passions and the Christmas Oratory by J.S. Bach, Händel’s The Messiah og Grieg’s Four Hymns for choir and baritone.

Recently he appeared in the St. John Passion by Arvo Pärt with the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir and the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.

Furthermore he studied choir conducting with professor Dan-Olof Stenlund and performs in several CD recordings both as conductor and soloist.

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Director and conductor.

Mogens Dahl is a Danish conductor, founder and owner of Mogens Dahl Concert Hall and conductor of Mogens Dahl Chamber.

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David Wijkman, chamber choir producer.

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Jacob Holtze, artistic consultant.

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Henrik Engelbrech, artistic consultant.

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Sven-David Sandström, Composer in residence

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Diskografi

2017

The Passion of St John. Sandström/Holtze

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2014

Nordic Mass. Sandström/Tranströmer

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2010

North Room. Secular and sacred choir music from Scandinavia

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2008

Sacred North. Sacred choir music from Scandinavia

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2008

North. Sacred choir music from Scandinavia

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2007

Liebslieder. Secular choir music by Brahms

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2006

Højskolesange

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2005

Glade jul, dejlige jul nordiske julesalmer og sange

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“Zeitgeist in Church of Saint Petri, Copenhagen – Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir”

ZEITGEIST
In cooperation with author and commentator, Knud Romer, the Golden Days Festival, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and the Ekkozone Percussion Ensemble presented a concert with highlights from 500 years of German music and poetry.

Selected movements from the concert:
Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühlseligen
Paul Hindemith: 6 Chansons
Per Nørgård: Drømmesange / Dream Songs
Brahms I Texts by Poul Heyse: Waldesnacht 

Brahms: Waldesnacht

From the concert ZEITGEIST – 16th September 2015

Waldesnacht du wunderkühle,
die ich tausendmale grüß.
Nach dem lauten Weltgewühle,
O, wie ist dein Rauschen süß!
Träumerisch die müden Glieder
berg ich weich ins Moos,
und mir ist, als würd ich wieder
all der irren Qualen los.

In den heimlich engen Kreisen
wird dir wohl, du wildes Herz,
und ein Friede schwebt mit leisen
Flügelschlägen niederwärts
Singet, holde Vögellieder
mich in Schlummer sacht!
Irre Qualen, löst euch wieder,
wildes Herz, nun gute Nacht.

Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühlseligen

ZEITGEIST

In cooperation with author and commentator, Knud Romer, the Golden Days Festival and the Ekkozone Percussion Ensemble, the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir presented a concert with highlights from 500 years of German music and poetry. A musical journey with Knud Romer as both your curator and flamboyant travel guide.

Participants:

Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
The Ekkozone Percussion Ensemble
Knud Romer, Author
Conductor: Mogens Dahl