The nightly concerts feature a team of professional and extremely talented musicians. The programme rotates with three performing in each concert. Here is a presentation of the regular performers:
Hanne-Sofie Akselsen (b. 1976), graduated as flutist, choral conductor and teacher from the University of Tromsø Faculty of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, The Netherlands. She has studied with professors Paul Wåhlberg and Barthold Kuijken, and completed her master’s degree in baroque flute in 2010. Akselsen is born and bred in Vesterålen, but has lived in Tromsø since 1996 where she currently works full-time as a freelance musician and choir conductor. Since 1999, Hanne-Sofie has been the conductor and artistic leader of Det Norske Mannskor av 1995, Tromsø University academic male choir. She is also the conductor of Grønnåsen kirkekor since 2013. Hanne-Sofie has played the flute in the Midnight concerts since 2010.
Ole Bolås (b. 1968) is from Sande in Vestfold. He made his debut in Oslo in 1988. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo from 1989-95 where his piano professors included Liv Glaser, Jens Harald Bratlie, Eva Knardahl and Lazar Berman. He completed his Master of Arts in June, 1995. Ole has held concerts in countries including China, Germany, France, Poland, USA and Lithuania, as well as countless performances in Norway. He has collaborated with the Chinese violinist Zhong Hua Sheng, the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. He has released several albums and has been awarded several prizes and scholarships. In October 2008 he took up the position of Assistant Professor in piano at the Music Conservatory in Tromsø. In May 2010 he was soloist with the Torun Symphony Orchestra in Poland during the concert to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, and in March 2011 he held a solo recital and concert with violinist Zhong Hua Sheng at California State University in Los Angeles. In January 2013 he returned to China and played a concert in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, where he performed Grieg’s Ballade and Lyric Pieces. Since moving to Tromsø in 2008, he has performed many concerts in Northern Norway, including solo recitals, chamber concerts, opera cafés and several hundred Midnight concerts for Hurtigruten.
Anne Berit Buvik is a soprano and originates from the Municipality of Sørfold. She has lived and studied in Tromsø since 2004 and completed her studies with Professor Anne-Lise Sollied at the Music Conservatory in Tromsø, where she took her final exam in June 2009. She started her master degree in 2014, and will graduate in the spring 2016. As a student, she took part in many concerts during Tromsø international Church festival, The Northern light festival and The Arctic arts festival. Autumn 2013 she participated in the opera choir in La Traviata in Bodø and Tromsø – a Collaboration of The Arctic philharmonic and The Norwegian opera and ballet. In the winter 2015 she starred in the opera choir of Eugene Onegin, a collaboration between The Arctic philharmonic (NOSO) and Trondheim symphony orchestra. She has completed many solo assignments including Vokal Nord, Grønnåsen Church choir and Kantori Tromsø and he been soloist in Magnificat by Bach, Gloria by Vivaldi and the Duruflé requiem.
Ingrid Eliassen is a trumpeter from Tromsø. She moved to Oslo and started studying at the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2002, and studied with Jonas Haltia and Ole Edvard Antonsen, amongst others. During her Master’s studies, she was the holder of a scholarship at the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and was a freelance musician with various chamber music groups and in many of the professional bands and orchestras in Norway. After graduating she has had a permanent position as a trumpeter in the Royal Norwegian Air Force Band, and alternating solo trumpeter in the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. She has also been used as soloist in various contexts, including by the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra in 2011. In 2012 she returned to Tromsø, and now teaches trumpet at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Tromsø.
Robert Frantzen is a versatile and experienced pianist, and has played actively in Tromsø and the rest of Northern Norway for more than 30 years. He has played at the Midnight Sun concerts at the Arctic Cathedral since the summer of 1995.
The choir of Grønnåsen church in Tromsø holds around 18 singers. It participates montly at services held there, as well as it regularly arranges its own concerts both at Grønnåsen church but also in other Tromsø churches. Grønnåsen kirkekor has performed a number of remarkable concerts in Tromsø, especially with renaissance and baroque music featuring orchestras of period/historical instruments, but also contemporary choral music, even a world premiere performance. The choir has worked with many professional musicians and soloists, both Norwegian and international. Their friendship with the church choir at Steinbach-Hallenberg, Germany has led to several travels and international performances. The choir is conducted by Hanne-Sofie Akselsen. Photo: Svenn A. Nielsen
Georgy Ildeykin (b. 1976) is educated as a cellist, teacher and chamber musician at the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. He is now living in Tromsø, and in 2013 completed his Master of Music in Performance in cello at the Music Conservatory at the University of Tromsø. He has studied cello with Eero Voitk, Alexey Massarsky and Konstantin Kucherov, amongst others. Ideykin has countless involvement in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Russia behind him, and is currently engaged as a substitute in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to playing the cello, he also works with composing and arranging, as well as a piano tuner. Georgy has played Midnight concerts at the Arctic Cathedral since the summer of 2013.
Harald Bakkeby Moe (b. 1982) is from Tromsø. He completed a Master’s in music performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music where he studied with Svein Bjørkøy. Musically, Moe performs many genres, and has done everything from opera and church music via contemporary music to lieder and folk music. In addition, singing in choirs and ensembles has always been close to his heart. As a soloist, he has been a regular performer at the Midnight Concerts at the Arctic Cathedral since 2001, and in 2012 Harald Bakkeby Moe sang at around 130 of these popular concerts. He has recently played the role of Schaunard in NOSO’s production of La Boheme, Jesus in the Ålesund Chamber Choir’s production of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion and Uberto in World Opera’s performance of the chamber opera La serva Padrona. Harald also works on his own projects: In 2013 he performed at the Northern Lights Festival performance Noen som elsker hverandre. In 2012 he performed Fra fjord og fjære, a Christmas concert at Hålogaland Theatre. In the same year, he performed Vinterreisen, based on Schubert’s Winterreise, at Kalkmølla cultural centre in Bærum in collaboration with pianist Ivar Anton Waagaard and director Ståle Ytterli. As an ensemble singer, he regularly performs on a project basis in KorVest in Bergen and is a substitute member of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.
Øyvind Bakkeby Moe is educated as a trumpeter at the Music Conservatory in Tromsø. With Tromsø as his base, Øyvind has been active for many years as a professional musician, soloist, conductor, band leader and producer. He has toured a lot in Northern Norway, and has also worked in Lebanon, South Africa, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, England, Kenya, Haiti and Palestine, as well as many exciting assignments in other parts of Norway. Øyvind has played at the Midnight Sun concerts since 1997.
Linde Mothes is educated as a church musician in Dresden (Germany) and Paris. She has worked as a church musician in Berlin, and as docent in organ and choir direction in Halle and Dresden. She appreciates the diversity that the profession as a church musician entails, and has played many organ recitals in various locations in Europe and China. She has also worked as a choral conductor and performed a series of choral concerts, both a cappella and oratorios.
Tore Nedgård is pianist from Tromsø, and he studied music at the University of Trondheim. After his studies he worked as district musician in Nordreisa in Troms. Later he worked as a freelance musician, arranger and composer in a number of genres, not least in theater and film. He has played in the midnight concerts since 2005.
Bodil Onsøien has her background as a church musician, singer and singing teacher. She is educated at the Trøndelag Music Conservatory, Tromsø University College, Faculty of Fine Arts, and most recently the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen, where she is an authorised teacher of the Complete vocal technique. Bodil lives in Tromsø and works as a singing teacher at the University of Tromsø and Kongsbakken Upper Secondary School. She is also a choir conductor and runs singing workshops. As a performer she likes to play music in various styles and to use her voice with versatility, but thrives best in early church music and the popular Norwegian vocal tradition. She has collaborated with German Baroque violinist Volker Mühlberg and Henning Sommerro. For the past 10 years, Bodil has been a permanent soprano in Vokal Nord, and is used as a soloist in various contexts.
Gro Anita Gyring Skog (f.1985) was born in Sandefjord in Vestfold. Her interest in singing started when she was 7 years old and joined Sandefjord Girls Choir, and she has not stopped singing since. In the spring 2016 she finished her bachelor degree at music conservatory in Tromsø, und is now taking her master degree in performing classical singing under the professors under the professors Anne-Lise Sollied and Carlo Allemano. Since moving to Tromsø in 2012 she has taken part in several concerts organized by Tromsø International Church Festival, participated in the Northern lights festival and at several opera cafe and opera pub performances, she has participated in master classes with, among others, Njål Sparbo and Siri Torjesen, and she has sung in in Norwegian Opera and Symphony Orchestra’s opera choir in La Traviata in Bodø and Tromsø in autumn 2013. In 2013 she made her debut as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and since then she has been a soloist in several great woks, such as Händels’s Messias, Mozarts Requiem, John Rutter’s Magnificat and Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem.
Ingvild Anette Staff (b. 1988) was born and raised in Tromsø. She finished a master degree in performing contemporary saxophone at the music conservatory in Tromsø in 2013, where she studied under Lars Lien. Here she studied solo music of composers such as Luciano Berio and Sofia Gubaidulina. During the master’s program, she was a soloist with an orchestra in Lviv, Ukraine and Tromsø Chamber Orchestra. Besides working as a freelance musician, she also teaches saxophone at Kongsbakken high school.
Vokal Nord Northern Norway’s leading vocal ensemble. The regional choir consists of 16 dedicated singers from all over Northern Norway, all of whom maintain a high professional level. Since its inception in 1997, the ensemble has chosen to specialize in Nordic contemporary a cappella on the basis of ethnic music from the High North, as well as European early music, particularly Baroque. The award-winning Danish conductor Lone Larsen is the ensemble’s permanent artistic direktor.