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HelÚn Jahren

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Helen Jahren, former student of the legendary professor Heinz Holliger, is one of the most prominent oboe soloists today. She has performed throughout Europe, South America, the United States and the Far East and collaborated with conductors such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jun’ichi Hirokami, Sakari Oramo, Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Leif Segerstam, Lev Markiz, Jorma Panula, Michael Schönwandt, Owain Arwell Hughes, Ari Rasilainen, Vernon Handley and Avi Ostrovski. Helen Jahren has given recitals in Vienna, Milan, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Geneva, Munich and Tokyo, among other places and participated in festivals like Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Wiblinger Festspiele, International Gaudeamus Music Week, Turku Music Festival, Ultima, Crusell Week, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Gaida. As chamber musician, Helen has collaborated with such renowned artists as Olli Mustonen, Marc André Hamelin, the Brodsky Quartet, Sine Nomine, the Endellion Quartet, the Swensen Quartet, Altenberger Trio Wien, flutist Sharon Bezaly and others.

Helen Jahren's repertoire includes not only the classics of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, but she also takes a great interest in today's music. More than 50 Nordic composers, including Erik Bergman, Jouni Kaipainen, Daniel Börtz, Bent Sörensen, Anders Nilsson, Per-Henrik Nordgren and Atli Heimir Sveinsson have been inspired by her expressive command of the instrument and composed works for Helen Jahren. In September 1999 she premiered the Oboe Concerto by Poul Ruders at Queen Margarethe’s inauguration of the Royal Library in Copenhagen and next year she will premier Sven-David Sandström’s Concert Pieces for oboe and orchestra in Sweden. At present Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen from Denmark, Olav Anton Thommessen from Norway and Jukka Tienssu from Finland are composing new concertos for her.

Helen Jahren has won several prizes in her early career, including First Prize and The Audience Prize at the Jeunesses Musicales’ International Oboe Competition in Belgrade in 1981, Prizewinner at the Markneukirchen International Music Competition in 1982 and the Swedish Composers’ Society’s Interpretation Award in 1986. She won the Biennial for Nordic Soloists in Oslo in 1984 and in 1987 she was selected to represent Scandinavia in the Louisville Symphony Orchestra’s 50-years Anniversary. In 1995 she was awarded with the Swedish ”Crystal Prize” for outstanding contributions in the field of music and in January this year she was awarded ‘Musician of the Year 2000’ by the Swedish newspaper, Expressen.

Helen Jahren has recorded on the labels BIS, Ondine, Caprice, Phono Suecia, Aurora and MAP and been awarded with the Swedish Phonogram Award in 1987 and 1986, Swedish Grammy for Best Classical Recording in 1987 as well as nominations for the International Record Critic’s Award and the Koussevitsky Award. Her discography includes concertos by Mozart, J C Bach, Ferlendis, Schnittke, Kaipainen and others, as well as chamber music by Britten, Doráti, Martinu, Krenek and Schoenberg.

Helen Jahren is professor of oboe at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music Odense in Denmark and she has given numerous masterclasses all over the world. Since the conception of Båstad Chamber Music Festival in 1993, Helen has been the Artistic Director of the festival. In 1998 she was elected Member for Life of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

September 2003

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Selected repertoire

( * = string orchestra)

Albinoni, T: Concertos *
Alwyn, W: Concerto
Bach, J.Ch: Concertos
Bach, J.S: Concertos *
Baird, T: Concerto
Barber, S: Canzonetta *
Beck, C: Concertino
Beethoven, L.van: Andante
Bellini, V: Concerto
Bennett, R.R: Concerto *
Bergman, E: Cadenza
Berio, L: Chemins IV *
Berkeley, L: Sinfonia Concertante
Börtz, D: Concerto
Carter, E: Concerto
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, M: Concerto da Camera
Cimarosa, D: Concerto *
Copland, A: Quiet City (with trumpet)
Corigliano, J: Concerto
Denisov, E: Concerto
Dittersdorf, K.D.von: Concertos *
Dittrich, P-H: Concerto
Donizetti, G: Concerto for cor anglais
Ekström, L: Concerto
Ferlendis, G: Concerto
Fiala, J: Concerto *
" Concerto for cor anglais *
Fortner, W: Aulodie
FranĮais, J: L'Horloge de Flore
Francesconi, L: Concertos
Frumerie, G de: Concertino
Gamstorp, G: Pulse life
Goosens, E: Concerto
Graun, J.G: Concerto *
Gunge, B: Concerto
Hallnäs, H: Momenti bucolichi
Hakola, Kimmo: Concerto (in preparation)
Haydn, J: Concerto
Henze, H.W: Doppio Concerto (with harp) *
Hillborg, A: Concerto (in preparation)
Holliger, H: Siebengesang
Honegger, A: Concerto (with flute) *
Hummel, J.N: Concerto
Hvidtfelt Nielsen, S: Concerto (in preparation)
Händel, G.Fr: Concertos *
Ibert, J: Symphonie Concertante *
Kaipainen, J: Concerto
Kalliwoda, J.W: Concertino
Koppel, H.D: Concerto
Kotonski, W: Concerto
Krenek, E: Kitharaulos (with harp)
Krommer, F: Concertos
Lebrun, L.A: Concertos *
Leclair, J.M: Concerto *
Ligeti, G: Concerto (with flute)
Linde, B: Miniatur-Suite *
Lundquist, T: Sogno *
Lutoslawski, W: Double Concerto (with harp)
Maderna, B: Concertos
Marcello, A: Concerto *
Martin, F: Trois Dances (with harp) *
Martinu, B: Concerto
Maxwell Davies, P: Strathclyde Concerto No.1
Milhaud, D: Concerto
Molique, B: Concertino
Mosheles, I: Concerto (with flute)
Mozart, W.A: Concerto
Nilsson, A: Ariel *
Nordgren, P-H: Concerto *
Penderecki, K: Capriccio *
Reicha, A: Concerto for cor anglais
Rietz, J: Konzertstück
Rihm, W: Musik für Oboe und Orchester
Rimsky-Korsakov, N: Variations
Roman, J.H: Concerto grosso *
" Concerto f. oboe d'amore *
Ruders, P: Concerto
Salonen, E-P: Mimo II
Sandström, S-D: Concert pieces *
Schnittke, A: Concerto (with harp) *
Scott, C: Concerto *
Segerstam, L: As you feel..
Stamitz, K: Concerto *
Strauss, R: Concerto
Söderlundh, L: Concertino *
Takemitsu, T: Vers, l'arc-en-ciel, Palma ( guitar)
Talvitie, Riikka: Tululiukku
Telemann, G.Ph: Concertos *
" Concertos f. oboe d'amore *
Thommessen, O.A.: Concerto
Tiensuu, J: Concerto (in preparation)
Valkare, Gunnar: Storia
Vaughan Willaims, R: Concerto *
Vivaldi, A: Concertos *
Weber, C.M.von: Concertino
Zimmermann, B.A: Concerto

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