Simon Casali-KrzentowskiSimon Casali (b. 1979) was accepted at an early age into the young talent violin class at the Utrecht School of the Arts in The Netherlands. At the age of 17 he started his composition studies with Henk Alkema, which he later combined with orchestral conducting. Before graduating composition (2003) and conducting (2004) he was a guest student at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague for two years. For many years he took private lessons with world-renowned conductor Ed Spanjaard. In Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, he was a student of Frans Rasmussen and Giancarlo Andretta, and in Helsinki (Finland) at the Sibelius Academy, a student of Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula. He has participated in the masterclasses of Benjamin Zander, János Fürst, Jorma Panula and Bernard Haitink.

Simon Casali has assisted at the Dutch Reisopera, Danish Royal Opera and his studies have brought him to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Szeged Symphony Orchestra in Hungary, Copenhagen Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Aalborg, Odense, Sønderjylland and Århus. He is co-founder of the Hafnia Chamber Orchestra.

Casper Schreiber had his debut as professional conductor with the Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2006. He was the first Danish conductor in 12 years to graduate with an official debut concert from the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. As a graduate from the conservatories in Copenhagen and St. Petersburg, he studied under Leonid Korchmar, Frans Rasmussen and Tamas Vetö. In addition, he participated in master classes offered by Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Peter Eötvös, Christian Eggen, Jorge Rotter and Helmuth Rilling.

Since his professional debut, Casper Schreiber has worked with orchestras and ensembles in both Scandinavia and Russia. He has conducted the symphonic orchestras at Odense, Århus and Ålborg, Oslo Sinfonietta, and St. Petersburg’s Philharmonic Society “Congress” Orchestra, among others.

In the period 2005-10 Casper Schreiber worked as assistant conductor at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen in the productions: Elektra (Strauss), Kafka’s Trial (Poul Ruders), The Tempest (Thomas Adés), The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach), The Merry Widow (Lehar), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), The Turn of the Screw (Britten) and Carmen (Bizet). In 2009 he conducted the staging of Carmen by the Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Furthermore, he has conducted the opera productions in PLEX (Anorexia Sacra by L.Tjørnhøj), Århus Chamber Opera (Kniven by Vagn Holmboe) and The Funen Opera (Hosekræmmeren af S.S. Schultz).   

With regards to contemporary music, Casper Schreiber directed several first performances of leading Scandinavian composers such as Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgren, Hans Abrahamsen, Steingrimur Rohloff and Peter Bruun. He has recorded several CDs with music by Per Nørgård for DaCapo Records; among them Seadrift, which was nominated for Danish Radio’s P2 Prize in 2009. He has also performed with several of Scandinavia's leading ensembles in contemporary music, including among others, the Seattle Chamber Players, Athelas Sinfonietta, Esbjerg Ensemble, Storstrøms Chamber Ensemble, Figura Ensemble and Oslo Sinfonietta.

Peter Hanke has made his career as a conductor in contemporary music, chamber opera and choral art forms with the ensembles Voces Copenhagen, and Carmina Chamber Orchestra & Choir, among others. He received his education at the Danish Royal Academy of Music and the University of Copenhagen with distinguished professors Jorma Panula and Dan-Olof Stenlund as mentors in conducting. Peter Hanke has specialized in advanced contemporary music for both instrumental and a capella ensembles, and as interpreter of oratorio masterpieces.

He has worked regularly as choirmaster for the National Danish Radiochoir, and since 2003 in advanced musical workshops with the RIAS Kammerchor – Berlin, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Musica Beata – Oxford, Vox Luminis – The Netherlands. Peter Hanke has performed masterpieces by J. S. Bach: B-minor Mass, St. John’s Passion, Christmas Oratorio, by G. F. Handel: Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini: Messa di Gloria, and Faure’s Requiem, among others.

A series of premieres and performances of various 20th century masterpieces has accompanied Peter Hanke’s work throughout his carrier. He often combines his choral work with vocal groups and solo performances, as well as musical drama to widen the work for the "Art of Voices" at many levels. Peter Hanke has recorded music by Nielsen, Grieg, Barber, Holmboe, Nørgård, Lewkovitch, and Mendelssohn, among others.

 

Joost Geevers studied conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Kenneth Montgomery, Jac van Steen and Lucas Vis. Already as student he began conducting the North Netherlands Symphony, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orches-tra, and contemporary music ensembles such as Asko Schoen-berg and Percussion The Hague.

In 2006, he conducted the Dutch premiere of Ives’ Universe Symphony and Stockhausen’s Hochzeiten (from the opera Licht). The success of Ives’ Symphony prompted a second per-formance the following year in the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

In 2008-2009 Joost Geevers was conductor of the Ligeti Academy of the Asko Schoenberg ensemble and assistant conductor of Ensemble de Música Contemporània de les Illes Balears. He is currently Artistic Director of Fast Opera Productions, an ensemble that produces and performs new chamber operas.