The Uppsala Chamber Soloists is a world-class string ensemble which today consists of five of Sweden’s foremost musicians.
The Uppsala Chamber Soloists
Nils-Erik Sparf, violin, Klara Hellgren, violin, Bernt Lysell, violin, Ylva-Li Zilliacus, viola and Per Nyström, cello.
The ensemble has a substantial repertoire which ranges from Baroque music to contemporary works and they are often acclaimed for their imaginative and personal interpretations. The string quintets of Mozart and Brahms form the musical cornerstones, and the latter can be found on a highly acclaimed CD from 2013. The Uppsala Chamber Soloists are also frequently heard on the Swedish Radio’s classical music channel.
The ensemble’s makeup of five equally skilled string soloists, where all the violinists also play viola parts and no one has the role of leader, creates a special flexibility and dynamism in the musical expression. Their popular chamber music series at the Uppsala Concert and Congress Centre has given the ensemble a special status in Uppsala’s musical world. Each year a concert series is put together with six new, unique and well-balanced programmes, often together with well-known guest artists from the highest-ranked chamber music elite.
Uppsala Regional Music Organisation
As part of the Uppsala Regional Music Organisation they also give a number of concerts throughout the district in what is known as the “Concert Carousel”. The Uppsala Chamber Soloists are active role models for youngsters in “El Sistema Uppsala” and also give concerts as part of the Culture in Healthcare project. The much appreciated collaboration with the Gotland School of Music Composition is a regular feature of their activities. As concertmaster and as section leaders, the members of the ensemble form the foundation of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra’s strings.
The Members of the Uppsala Chamber Soloists
Nils-Erik Sparf is the son of a fiddler from Boda and has been a shining light on the Swedish musical scene for decades. Notable steps in his career include positions as concertmaster of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and he has also made numerous appearances as soloist and on records. Nils-Erik is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and has received the Litteris et Artibus award.
With her pure, warm tone, Klara Hellgren has established herself as one of the most exciting and sought-after chamber musicians of her generation since her début as soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999. She is often seen in the role of concertmaster with Sweden’s larger orchestras and in other soloistic projects.
Bernt Lysell is a legend in Swedish musical life. With his beautiful playing he has added a touch of gold to concert halls throughout the world as concertmaster of both the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and as leader of the Lysell Quartet. Bernt has received the Litteris et Artibus award and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Per Nyström has studied with Guido Vecchi and Torleif Thedéen and with William Pleeth and Norbert Brainin in London. Per was previously leader of the cello section of Camerata Nordica and was co-founder of the Yggdrasil String Quartet. He is also the Artistic Director of Aurora Chamber Music (which is a platform for international chamber music festivals and master classes). In 2013 Per was awarded the Swedish royal medal Litteris et Artibus.
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