Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Cecilia Rydinger Alin was appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) in June 2012, after the unexpected death of Vice-Chancellor Johannes Johansson. Since december 2008, she had shared the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor with Professor Staffan Scheja,
Cecilia Rydinger Alin studied church music and conducting at KMH during 1981-1991. She has worked within a broad field of activities including orchestral, opera and choral conducting as well as pedagogical assignments.
During 1994-1998 Cecilia Rydinger Alin was principal conductor at the Värmland Opera in Sweden. She has also been invited as guest conductor at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, NorrlandsOperan in the North of Sweden, as well as the Jyske Opera in Århus, Demark.
1988-1999 Cecilia Rydinge Alin was conductor of the Allmänna Sången in Uppsala, Scandinavia’s oldest university choir. Since 2008, she is conductor and artistic leader of the renowned male choir Orphei Drängar.
In 1998, Cecilia Rydinger Alin was appointed Lecturer in Orchestral Conducting at the KMH, and in 2007 she was promoted to the title of Professor
She has been awarded the Johannes Norrby medal for the advancement of Swedish choral life, the conductor Sten Frykberg memorial grant as well as the honorary medal of Uppsala City. She was awarded Choral Leader of the Year in 2009, and received the award Honorary Citizen of Uppland County in 2011.
In 2005, she received the Royal medal Litteris et Artibus for her contributions within the art of music. Cecilia Rydinger Alin is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music since 2004.
Michaela Fukačová was born and grew up in Brno in the Czech Republic. She studied in Brno, Prague, and Copenhagen, as well as with the cellists André Navarra, Paul Tortelier, and Mstislav Rostropovich. She has received a number of awards, most notably at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1986.
Michaela Fukačová has toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan, together with many leading orchestras, such as the Czech Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the NHK Japan, Orquestra Sinfónica de Radiotelevision Espanola, the BBC Scottish and the English Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with conductors such as Libor Pesek, Jiri Belohlavek, Petr Altrichter, Jiri Kout, Sir Charles Groves, David Shallon, Aldo Ceccato, Sixten Ehrling, Hans Graff, Gerd AIbrecht and Eliahu Inbal.
Over the years, Michaela Fukačová has kept close ties to her home country, and often performs Czech music (such as the concertos and sonatas by Bohuslav Martinu) in the company of Czech musicians.
Michaela Fukačová lives in Denmark, where she has premiered several works by Danish composers, i.e. Anders Koppel. She is active within the Odense Sympony Orchestra and works as part-time Lecturer at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Southern Denmark in Odense.
Marko Ylönen has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Europe as well as in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. He plays regurlarly as soloist with the major Finnish orchestras. He has also played with leading chamber orchestras such as Camerata Salzburg, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber orchestra. Some of the conductors he has worked with, are Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Juha Kangas, John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo, Okko Kamu, James de Priest, Mosche Atzmon, Alexander Vedernikov, Heinrich Schiff, Ben Wallfish, Susanna Mälkki, Osmo Vänskä, Olli Mustonen and Hannu Lintu. He has given recitals in many major halls, for example Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York and Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal in Amsterdam.
Bland dirigenter han samarbetat med kan nämnas Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Juha Kangas, John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo, Okku Kamu, James de Priest, Moshe Atzmon, Alexander Vedernikov, Heinrich Schiff, Ben Wallfisch, Susanna Mälkki, Osmo Vänskä, Olli Mustonen och Hannu Lintu. Han har givit solokonserter i bl.a. Weill Recital Hall i Carnegie Hall i New York och i Concertgebouws Kleine Zaal i Amsterdam.
As chamber musician, Marko Ylönen has played in various ensembles with musicians like Natalia Gutman, Gerhard Schulz, Gary Hoffmann, Samuel Sanders, Leif Ove Andsnes and Hagri Shaham. He is also Artistic Director of the Korsholm Music Festival.
From autumn 2009, Marko Ylönen is engaged as Professor of Chamber Music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.