Elfa Rún, Sabine and Magnus
Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir
Born and raised in Iceland, Elfa Rún moved to Germany in 2003 where she studied the violin in Freiburg with Rainer Kussmaul and in Leipzig with Carolin Widmann. She has performed widely to universal acclaim: as a concerto soloist alongside conductors Andre de Ridder, Paul McCreesh, and François-Xavier Roth with orchestras such as the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Les Siècles and the Hamburger Symphoniker, and as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous festivals around the world, including the Bachfest Leipzig and the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht.
Elfa Rún is a frequent performer at choreographed concerts as well as theatre plays. From 2006 to 2014 she was concertmaster of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop based in Berlin, where she actively contributed to developing diverse concert projects in collaboration with various directors, artists and composers such as Aliénor Dauchez, Sarah Nemtsov and Sasha Waltz. Elfa Rún’s passion for early music drew her to the attention of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin where she regularly joins in as soloist and concertmaster. She has also taken the seat of guest concertmaster with groups like Concerto Köln and plays regularly with the italian baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.
Sabine Erdmann started her harpsichord lessons at the age of 11 with Beata Seemann in Munich. She studied harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik Heidelberg Mannheim with Prof Egino Klepper and later at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Prof Mitzi Meyerson. She attended masterclasses with Menno van Delft, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Jesper Christensen.
Besides being well known as a soloist harpsichord player and for her activities in chamber music she is a much sought-after guest continuo player and member of a number of prominent orchestras, i.e. Göttinger Barockorchester, Concerto Grosso Berlin, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, Heidelberger Sinfoniker, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Lautten-Compagney Berlin and chamber music ensembles e.g. Nils Mönkemeyer and Friends. Furthermore Sabine Erdmann is working as a harpsichord répétiteuse with the recorder and flute classes at the Universität der Künste Berlin as well as for the Deutscher Musikratwettbewerb.
Sabine Erdmann performed in numerous radio recordings (NDR, SFB) and CD productions as a soloist and as a continuo player.
"A Swedish native, Magnus Andersson studied the lute and historical plucked instruments with Sven Åberg at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, as well as with Prof. Nigel North in Bloomington, USA.
An internationally sought-after performer on the lute and the theorbo, Magnus Andersson performs with singers and conductors as Bejun Mehta, Valer Sabadus, Nuria Rial, Ivor Bolton, Sir Roger Norrington, Howard Arman, Hans Christoph Rademann, groups as the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Dresdner Festspielsorchester, Drottningholms Barockensemble, Musica alta ripa, Ensemble Polyharmonique, Göteborg Baroque and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, as well as performing works from the vast solo repertoire for the lute on festivals around Europe."