Since 2006, the composer Johannes Johansson has been the Principal of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He is also President of the European music colleges within the AEC, the European Association of Conservatoires.
Johannes Johansson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and an honorary member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and (since 2010) the Royal College of Music in London. In 1986 he became a member of FST, the Society of Swedish Composers, and in the same year he founded the Ensemble Ars Nova, which he led for the first ten years of its existence.
Johannes Johansson is an internationally active composer whose music has been recorded on many occasions. Recently he has mainly composed vocal music, including collaborations with poets such as Eva Ström, Tomas Tranströmer and Ylva Eggehorn
Johannes Johansson has also published many articles and book chapters regarding music and musical education. Internationally in demand, he is an expert in matters relating to music and musical education.
Simon Rowland-Jones was a founder of the Chilingiran Quartet, one of the world’s leading string quartets.
He made his debut in 1979 at Carnegie Hall, and since then has been active all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician, including with the Nash Ensemble (the Wigmore Hall’s resident chamber ensemble).
His many CD recordings include the first complete recording of Bach’s solo suites for cello in a transcription for the viola.
In addition to being an active musician, Simon Rowland-Jones is a composer and has also edited the most important performing edition of the Haydn string quartets, for Edition Peters. In addition, Simon Rowland-Jones is a professor of viola and chamber music at the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is also artistic director of the North Norfolk Music Festival.
At the age of seventeen, Diemut Poppen switched from playing the violin to the viola. She studied in both Europe (including Berlin and Paris) and the USA (Bloomington).
She made her debut as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the conductor Claudio Abbado. Although she is very active as a soloist, it is chamber music that is closest to her heart. She plays with the Orsino Quartet and is a member of the European Chamber Orchestra.
1990 she was awarded the prestigious European Music Prize, and in the same year she became professor of the viola at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold.
In 2006, she was made a professor at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. In recent years, Diemut Poppen has also initiated and been the director of chamber music festivals, including Osnabrücker Chamber Music Days and, since 2007, the Detmold Summer Academy.