Katrina Chamber Music Festival, August 6–10th, 2019

Artistic Director: Cecilia Zilliacus

The Katrina Chamber Music Festival will be held for the 20th time in the summer of 2019. This naturally has to be celebrated. “Schlager” might not be the first word one would associate with chamber music, yet schlager music has existed in all eras. This year’s festival wants to showcase them – from madrigals and opera sensations to the Eurovision song contest of today.

One of Sweden’s true “grandes dames” in the genre is a person with ties to Åland – Lill Lindfors. Together with the guitarist Mats Bergström, who was a guest at Katrina in 2017, she will be performing her own and others’ hits.

A large part of this year’s festival week will be made up of hits from previous Katrina festivals performed by some of the leading luminaries of the past 20 years.

  • The Tempera Quartet, featuring previous artistic director Tiila Kangas, will make a dearly awaited return.
  • Svante Henryson (cello) and Magnus Lindgren (saxophone, flute, clarinett) will play their own and others’ compositions.
  • Soprano Sofie Asplund, who grew up on Åland, will be another participating “primadonna”.
  • Stockholm Chamber Brass, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary as an ensemble, will breathe life into brass quintet standards as well as orchestrations of goodies originally written for other instruments.
  • Pianist and composer Johan Ullén will grace the festival with his phenomenal piano playing and has promised to compose a schlager specially dedicated to Katrina!

In cooperation with the Music Institute of Åland, master classes in solo instruments and chamber music will be held in connection with the festival.



Theme: Life is a ”Schlager”



Tempera Quartet: Laura Vikman (violin), Silva Koskela (violin), Tiila Kangas (viola), Ulla Lampela (cello)
Stockholm Chamber Brass: Tom Poulson (trumpet), Urban Agnas (trumpet), Jonas Bylund (trombone), Annamia Larsson (horn), Sami Al Fakir (tuba)

Sofie Asplund, soprano
Mats Bergström, guitar
Svante Henryson, cello
Lill Lindfors, vocals
Magnus Lindgren, saxofon, clarinet, flute
Johan Ullén, piano
Cecilia Zilliacus, violin


Tuesday, 6th  August 2019

10:00 Bagarstugan Café&Vin, Mariehamn (free adm.)

”Breakfast Meeting”

Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin), Stockholm Chamber Brass


19:00 Sankt Göran's Church, Mariehamn (25/20 €)

”Clair de Lune”

Anders Hillborg (f. 1954): Brass Quintet (1998)        
Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706): Canon in D Major                                                                                            
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): ”Suite Bergamasque”
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759):

  • Eternal Source of Light Divine from Ode for the Birthday Queen Anne HMV74
  • Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson HMV57                                    

Amanda Maier (1853-1894): from 9 pieces for violin and piano     
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968): Quintet for guitar and string quartet, Op. 143 (1950)                                           

Sofie Asplund (soprano), Mats Bergström (guitar), Tom Poulson (trumpet), Johan Ullén (organ, piano), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin), Stockholm Chamber Brass, Tempera Quartet


Wednesday, 7th August 2019

10:00 Bagarstugan Café&Vin, Mariehamn (free adm.)

”Breakfast Meeting”

Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin), Sofie Asplund (soprano), Mats Bergström (guitar), Tempera Quartet


12:00 Sankt Göran's Church, Mariehamn (15/10 €)

”Stad i ljus”

Tielman Susato (1500-1561): Danseyre Suite (arr. Urban Agnas)                                                                    
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Suite from L’Orfeo and L’incoronazione di Poppea             
Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795): 4 Epistles
Andre Previn (f. 1929): Four Outings                                                       
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Otoño Porteño, from Four Season of Buenos Aires
Py Bäckman (f. 1948) ”Stad i ljus”

Stockholm Chamber Brass: Tom Poulson (trumpet), Urban Agnas (trumpet), Jonas Bylund (trombone), Annamia Larsson (horn), Sami Al Fakir (tuba, song), Tempera Quartet


19:00 Kastelholm Castle (20/15 €)


Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione D821 (Arr. for violin and guitar by Mats Bergström)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone (1922)                            
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): ”Caro nome”                                        
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): ”Quando m'en vo' soletta”                                    
George Gershwin (1898-1937): ”Summertime”                                                                           
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): ”Solveigs sang”                                                                                
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): ”O mio babbino caro”                     
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): ”Deh vieni, non tardar” 
Carin Malmlöf-Forssling (1916-2005): Orizzonte       

Sofie Asplund (soprano), Mats Bergström (guitar), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin), Stockholm Chamber Brass: Annamia Larsson (horn), Tom Poulson (trumpet), Jonas Bylund (trombone)


21:30 Finström Church (20/15 €)

”On the Isle of May”

Pehr Henrik Nordgren (1944-2008): String Quartet No. 10, Op. 142 (2007)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

Tempera Quartet: Laura Vikman (violin), Silva Koskela (violin), Tiila Kangas (viola), Ulla Lampela (cello)


Thursday, 8th  August 2019

10:00 Bagarstugan Café&Vin, Mariehamn (free adm.)

”Breakfast Meeting”

Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin), Lill Lindfors (vocals), Magnus Lindgren (saxophone a.o.)


12:00 The Åland Islands Art Museum, Mariehamn (admission, see www.konstmuseum.ax/en)


Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Allegro tristamente from Sonata for clarinet and piano
Erik Satie (1866-1925): Gymnopédie No. 1
Trad. from Colombia: Aires de mi tierra, Rio Cali     
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Histoire du Tango: II. Café, 1930, III. Night Club, 1960
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Air (arr: Till Brönner)
Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994): Chega de saudade, Samba do avião
Magnus Lindgren (f. 1974): Copaflat
Chico Buarque (f. 1944):  Quem te viu, quem te vê
Baden Powell (1937-2000):  Chôro para metrónomo
Rubem Leal Brito ( ): Modulando

Mats Bergström (guitar), Svante Henryson (cello), Magnus Lindgren (saxophone a.o.), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin)


19:00 Alandica lobby, Mariehamn (20/15 €)

”Gör mig lite levande”

A lyrical evening with poems and texts by Edith Södergran, Eeva Kilpi and Jaques Werup.

Lill Lindfors (vocals), Mats Bergström (guitar), Svante Henryson (cello), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin)



Friday 10th August 2018

10:00 Bagarstugan Café&Vin, Mariehamn (free adm.)

”Breakfast Meeting”

Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin), Svante Henryson (cello), Johan Ullén (piano)


12:00 Sankt Göran's Church, Mariehamn (15/10 €)

”Kreutzer Sonata”

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928): String Quartet No. 1 ”Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)                                 
Ludwig van Beethoven (1779-1827): Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 ”Kreutzer”

Tempera Quartet, Johan Ullén (piano), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin)


15:00 Ålands Institute of Music (ÅMI), Mariehamn (free adm.)

Masterclass Concert


19:00 Jomala Church (20/15 €)

”Why me”

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): Improvisation on O’Ecclesia
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957):  ”Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte”, Op. 37/5                           
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957):  ”Norden”, Op. 90/1
Helena Munktell (1852-1919): from "Dix Melodies” 
Mats Bergström (f. 1961): ”Why me”
Svante Henryson (f. 1963): ”Haugbjärgar”
Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805): String Quintet in E Major, Op. 11, No. 5                          

  • Thomas Morley (1557-1602): On a Fair Morning
  • Thomas Tallis (1505-1585): If Ye Love Me
  • John Farmer (1570-1601): A Pretty Little Bonny Lass
  • John Wilbye (1574-1638): Adieu, Sweet Amarilis
  • Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623): The Nightingale the Organ of Delight

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Horn Trio in E flat Major, Op. 40  
Johan Ullén (f. 1972): Katrinaschlager   

Sofie Asplund (soprano), Mats Bergström (guitar), Svante Henryson (cello), Annamia Larsson (horn), Johan Ullén (piano), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin), Stockholm Chamber Brass: Tom Poulson (trumpet), Jonas Bylund (trombone), Annamia Larsson (horn), Sami Al Fakir (tuba), Tempera Quartet


Saturday, 11th August 2018

10:30 Alandica lobby, Mariehamn (25 €, inkl. brunch)

”Schlager - a striking story”

Brunch concert and discussion on the history of the ”Schlager” from Monteverdi to Johnny Logan.

Mats Bergström (guitarist), Magnus Lundgren (clarinettist, saxophonist a.o.), David Lindström (”Schlager expert”), Johan Ullén (pianist, composer), Cecilia Zilliacus (artistic director, violinist), festival artists



Cecilia Zilliacus (violin & chamber music)
Mats Bergström (guitar)
Tom Poulson (trumpet)
Annamia Larsson (horn)

The Master Classes will take place at the Ålands Institute of Music (ÅMI). The fee 270 €/solo, 310 €/duo, 350 €/trio, 390 €/quartet includes three lessons, free admission to the concerts (if there are free seats), lunch and dinner on days of tuition.

Travels and accommodation: www.visitaland.com

Applications should be sent by May 24th 2019 to info@katrina.ax, see www.katrina.ax