Students and teachers from Kulturskolen join forces with the Arctic Philharmonic's chamber orchestra to create musical joy for the audience.
The orchestra UngSy is a collaboration between The Northern Lights Festival, Kulturskolen and the Arctic Philharmonic. Together on the stage we find students and teachers from the Kulturskolen, the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, students from UiT's music conservatory and talented amateur musicians from the city.
The goal of the orchestra is to give the young musicians a unique opportunity to interact with professional musicians, and to participate in a large symphony orchestra.
It involves both close encounters with fantastic music, and interaction with many other young musicians and professional performers. The repertoire will provide challenges for the elders and opportunities for participation by the youngest in the second department.
As conductor for UngSy 2020, we have called Per Kristian Skalstad. While 15 year old Teo Lien is the soloist of the year:
Every year, we challenge the students of the cultural school to participate in rehearsals to be a soloist during the UngSy concert at the Northern Lights Festival. This time it was 15-year-old Teo Lien who pulled the longest straw. He will be a soloist during the Shostakovich Cell Concerto No. 1, 1st movement.
Teo has been a student at the cultural school and played cello from the age of 6. In addition to being a student at the cultural school, he participates in the specialization program Young Talents Nord (UtN).
He has participated in several competitions including The Youth Music Championship and the DnB National Soloist Fjord Cadenza 2019. Teo is also part of the Ung Philharmonic, a national orchestra for young musicians.
Per Kristian Skalstad.
Conductor Per Kristian Skalstad holds a diploma in violin and orchestra leadership from the Norwegian Academy of Music. He has visited all the Norwegian orchestra on a number of occasions, and for many years has been a sought-after ballet and opera conductor.
Skalstad was active in the Risør Chamber Music Festival as conductor and violinist from 1991 until 2016, and in the fall of 2010 he directed the Risør Festival Strings on tour in Brussels, London and New York's Carnegie Hall.
He has worked with soloists such as Håkan Hardenberger, Barbara Hendriks, Martin Frøst, Isabelle van Keulen, Håvard Gimse, Truls Mørk and Leif Ove Andsnes.
Skalstad has led a number of opera productions in Northern Norway under the auspices of the Arctic Philharmonic and we look forward to working with Skalstad in our special orchestral project UngSy.