John Hudson studied at London’s Guildhall before spending a year with the chorus of the Welsh National Opera, (WNO) whereupon he was given a contract as a Principal with the English National Opera, (ENO) sparking recognition with his debut from respected critics such as the Independent’s Michael White, “The heartening thing about the cast is the debut of John Hudson, a tenor who sings Macduff with such conspicuous distinction that it becomes a major role. ENO has needed a capacious lyric/spinto tenor with a sense of theatre for a long while. Here at last he is”.
Since then he has had many roles for the ENO amongst them, Rodolpho (La Boheme), Nadir (The Pearl Fishers), Alfredo, (in Jonathan Miller’s production of La Traviata) and the Duke Rigoletto). For the WNO he has sung Alfredo and Don Jose and took part in Prince Charles’s 50th birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace.
He has also sung for the Scottish Opera, spent three months in New Zealand with the Auckland Opera where he sang Alfredo and performed the title roles in Ernani and I Due Foscari for the Nationale Reisopera, Holland. Concert performances abroad include Ottawa, Paris, Florence, Frankfurt and Dublin; and in Great Britain venues including the Barbican Theatre in London and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. John has also appeared on various BBC 3 recordings and was a guest on BBC2’s ‘Viva La Diva!’ with Lesley Garrett, also featuring on her CD, Lesley Garrett.
Recent London bookings have been Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Royal Albert Hall and the title role in Andrea Chenier at Opera Holland Park. Future plans include a return to ENO for Radames (Aida) and Don Jose at RAH. www.johnhudsontenor.com
The pianist Carl Petersson recently returned from a U.S. and Canada tour where he performed with, among others, the Toronto Concert Orchestra under Maestro Kerry Stratton, one of Canada's most distinguished conductors. The result of this tour was dazzling reviews, a comparison with the Canadian legend Glenn Gould and a recording of Grieg's Piano Concerto for Canada's largest radio station, CBC in Toronto. Carl was a student of Professor José Ribera, has participated in master classes for, among others, Pnina Salzman, Staffan Scheja and Teppo Koivisto. Carl won the 2011 Chopin Competition in Antonin, Poland.
Carl got much recognition for his recording of Friedrich von Flotow’s second piano concerto which he also recorded for the Swedish international record label Sterling. The disc got a prestigious recommendation in the French Music Magazine “Diapason”. In February 2011 Carl released his solo CD debut containing Leopold Godowsky’s Java Suite - It was picked as the "Classical CD of the Month" in Hi-Fi & Music summer 2012.
In 2009 Carl started his PhD. studies at the Music Academy in Kraków where he researches the life and work by the Polish/American pianist-composer Leopold Godowsky. In the spring of 2012 Carl began a series of lectures on unknown composers, including one at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and the University of Nevada, U.S.A. www.carlpetersson.com
Maciej Koczur is finishing his Masters degree of Conducting at the Academy of Music in Cracow under the supervision of Maestro Paweł Przytocki. Since 2010 he has been the assistant conductor of the Kraków Philharmonic Young and in 2012, he was the assisting conductor at Teatr im. Słowacki in Kraków.
Maciej Koczurs main task has been the principal conductor of the "Archetti" chamber orchestra. The orchestra has under his direction won several prestigious awards, including the first prize at the European Music Festival for Young People (2011) in Neerpelt, Belgium and at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival in Vienna, Austria - where he and Archetti performed in the Golden Hall at the Musikverein.
Maciej Koczur is the initiator of a series of educational concerts for children and young people, along with the chamber orchestra "Archetti" he aspires to contribute to the musical life and its meaning. Maciej also collaborates with the orchestra Electro Nova founded by proferssor Marek Chołoniewski.
In september 2012 Maciej Koczur, was the youngest participant ever in the prestigious international Fitelberg competition for conductors with his 22 years. Maciej is also one of the founders and leaders of "Oktofonika," an octet which appears in Kraków since 2011.
Gunnar Dalborg has an eventful background. He will be the presenter during the tour but he will also make a small musical appearance in the end of each concert. Gunnar has an MBA from Uppsala University and has a solid background in the advertising agency industry, both as a project manager and copy. He has also been the President of the Falun copper mine at the start-up of the World Heritage Copper Mountain (Kopparberget) for a couple of years. He had also been the festival director of the multicultural Arosfestivalen in Västerås for six years, as well as sponsor and director for the Stockholm International Horse Show, the Stockholm Globe's biggest event during the first three years. For five years, Gunnar was the artistic director of the music festival Musik vid Mälaren until 2010.
Gunnar is not only an experienced events maker, but also a pianist and he has made some minor touring as an accompanist as well as a soloist and in other chamber music context. Most recently he performed in a concert series with Tomas Tranströmer's poetry as a source of inspiration.