Since 2013 Cecilia Rydinger Alin has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm
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.
Jan Gunnar Hoff
Jan Gunnar Hoff is one of Norway’s foremost pianists and composers. He was born in Bodø in Northern Norway 1958, and studied performance at the Jazz Department at NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) as well as composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He has relased a number of acclaimed solo recordings and has composed ca 200 works for different settings. In 2005 he received the prestigous Edvard-prize (named after Edvard Grieg) for his jazz mass Meditatus, which has been performed in the United States, Canada, Latvia, Iceland and Norway.
Jan Gunnar Hoff has performed at prestigeous festivals in London as well as at leading Norway jazz festivals including Moldejazz and Vossajazz. In recent years, he has given concerts in Los Angeles, New York, London, Zagreb, Milano and Stockholm. He has also toured extensively in Eastern Europe and collaborated with artists like Alex Acuna, Mike Stern and Pat Metheny.
In 2011 Hoff contributed as bandleader, arranger and pianist for the album ”Quiet winter night” that was nominated for US Grammy Awards 2013. His first solo piano album Living was released April 2013 on the well-known label L2.
Jan Gunnar Hoff works part time as a professor at the Universities of Tromsø and Kristiansand. He is also the head of Bodø Jazz Open, a new jazz festival in his home town.
Pianist and composer Rita Marcotulli was born in Rome, and studied classical piano at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. Since the early Eighties she’s been performing with many of the leading European and American Jazz artists. In 1987 she was nominated best young talent by the jazz magazine “Musica Jazz”, which in 2011 nominated her as the best artist of the year.
In 1988 Rita Marcotulli joined Billy Cobham’s band and toured extensively in Europe and the United States. A number of her collaborations have been with Scandinavian artists, including a quartet under her own name, featuring Tore Brunborg, Anders Jormin and Anders Kjellberg, and a trio with Palle Danielsson and Peter Erskine.
As a member of the Dewey Redman Band Rita Marcotulli performed for 15 years all over Europe and South America together with musicians such as Cameron Brown, Leon Parker, Mattew Wilson and Jon Meneghon.
She has taken part in TV broadcasts in Danmark, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Sweden, including the 1996 edition of the Sanremo Festival, where she performed a duet with Pat Metheny.
Rita Marcotulli has composed several film soundtracks, among them music for the very successful movie ”Basilica coast to coast” in 2010 The same year she received the Italian film critics’ prize “Nastro d argento” (Silver Ribbon) for the best sound track “Davide di Donatello”. She has also composed music for dance projects by choreographers Roberta Garrison and Teri J. Weikel.