The Easter Festival Gotland is a festival that includes music, art, dance and film and commences on Palm Sunday and finishes on Easter Sunday.With different artistic expressions communicate the message of Easter both in Gotland'smedieval churches and in public space. The theme for this year's Påskfestival Gotland 2018 is abyss - relief - which is reflected in the repertoire chosen for the concerts and in the artists' works during the festival. 

The festival aims to bring together professional musicians, amateurs, young talents and adults from Gotland and the Nordic countries. Easter Festival Gotland association consists of the pianist Gisela Herb (president), the violinist Maria Wernberg and other members.  

Easter Festival 'Påskfestival Gotland' 2018

Preliminary programme:


25th of March, at 6pm: Opening concert in Källunge church - A mixed programme with some of the artists that are performing during the week of the festival

27th of March, at 7pm: Renaissance concert with the vocal ensemble Ad Fontes in Lau church

28th of March, at 7pm: Concert with professional musicians and young talents from Gotland and Norway (winners from the Norwegian competition Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap 2018 (www.umm.no) in Gullinsalen at Hemse Folkhögskola in Hemse.

29th of March, at 7.30pm: Concert with professional musicians in Fröjel church (cello, violin and piano)

30th of March, at 12.00: Concert in Visby Domkyrka, collaboration between professional musicians and dancers

1st of April at 6pm: Solo piano recital with the pianist Peter Friis Johansson (www.peterfriisjohansson.com) at Almedalsbiblioteket in Visby. The programme includes music by F. Schubert and F. Liszt

Art exhibitions 

 Siri Iversen Ejve, visual arts,   in S:ta Maria Domkyrka Visby, 29th of March - 29th of April, Opening of the exhibition Thursday the 29th of March at 1pm


Ulrika Holgersson Hägg, sculpture, Mårtens lada, Rute, 1st and 2nd of April at 4pm-8pm


Grafikgruppen Visby, Ryska gränd 18, 29th of March - 1st of April , 12.00 - 16.00

Opening of the exhibition 29th of March at 2pm


The artists 2018

*Peter Friis Johansson, piano , Sweden

* Gisela Herb, piano, Sweden (Gotland)

* Ilmari Hopkins, cello, Norway 

* Markus Svensson, keyed fiddle, Sweden (Gotland)

* Choir Ad Fontes, Sweden (Gotland)

* Unn Dahlman , dance, Sweden (Gotland)

* Siri Iversen Ejve, painting, Sweden (Gotland)

* Ulrika Holgersson Hägg, sculpture Sweden (Gotland)

* Grafic artists group, Sweden (Gotland)

Young talents :

Maria Bue Kessel, piano, Norway/Japan

Ingrid Rodebjer, violin, Sweden (Gotland)

Astrid Bjelland, flute, Norway/Denmark

Anton Jönsson, keyed fiddle, Sweden (Gotland)

Ella Svedebring Friis - Hansen, song, Sweden (Gotland)

The program of the festival 2017

Good Friday 14th of April 2017


The Easter festival starts with a concert with Shostakovich String Quartet No.8, performed
by The Scandinavian String Quartet. Here you can find more information about
the quartet

Shostakovich String Quartet No.8

O. Messiaen:
Les offrandes oubliées for piano solo, Gisela Herb Here you can read more about
Gisela Herb

O. Messiaen:
Louange á l'immortalité de Jésus from the quartet for the end of time, Maria
Wernberg, violin and Gisela Herb, piano Here you can read more bout Maria

Location: Visby Cathedral (Sankta Maria)

Easter Eve 15th of April 2017

3 pm

Piano recital with the pianist Håkon Austbø, internationally known for his interpretations of
Messiaen's music. Here you can read more about Håkon Austbø

Olivier Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus.

Location: S:t Hansskolan, Visby

Easter Sunday16th of April 2017

Participation of young talents and professional musicians during church service
geographically distributed among Gotland's beautiful medieval churches. During
Easter collaborative partners will show a number of art exhibitions and films
in Gotland to further emphasise the message of Easter.


Easter festival Gotland association, with the pianist Gisela Herb (president), violinist Maria
Wernberg  among other members.

All members are currently working on preparing for the Easter festival 2018 that occurs between
Sunday 25th of March  and Easter Sunday 1st of April.

The president, Gisela Herb, has a life long experience of organising similar festivals. She
has been responsible for many international festivals for example the
Messiaenfestivalen in Stavanger in 2008, with support by the university in
Stavanger. That specific festival was part of the official program for
Stavanger as a European Culture Capital in 2008. Gisela has also organised two
international piano duo festivals as well as been a key figure for the international EPTA-weekend (European Piano Teachers Associan) in Stavanger.

The purpose of the Easter Festival: With different artistic expressions communicate the
message of Easter both in Gotland's medieval churches and in public space. The
festival aims to bring together professional musicians, amateurs, children and
adults from Gotland and the Nordic countries.


Håkon Austbø

Already in 1974 the Daily Telegraph characterised Håkon Austbø as "a performer with a talent that stands out and is internationally acknowledged". Critics from Carnegie Hall in New York to
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam have given him a great recognition. Håkon Austbø
studied at the conservatoire in Paris and Ecole Normale de Musique.

In 1970 he won, as the first non-French person, the competition "Concours National de la
Guilde Française des Artistes Solistes" in Paris, and in 1971 he received
a great recognition when a jury awarded him first prize in the Olivier Messiaen-competition in Royan, France. His interpretation of Messiaen's music is amongst what he is most known and
respected for.

Gisela Herb

Gisela Herb born and raised in München, Germany. She has a specific interest in Latin American music and has formed the chamber music ensemble ANIMA that focuses on classical chamber music from Latin America. Gisela has released a CD with piano music by Alberto Ginastera and H.
Villa-Lobos that has been praised: "virtuosic, rhythmic vital, captivating, extraordinary sonority").

In 2001 Gisela Herb formed the piano duo Nakila, together with the pianist Naoko Shibayama
Aarnio from Helsinki. The duo has received great response for their performance
of Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen and continuously works on expanding their
repertoire. Gisela Herb is especially interested in young talents development
and has during many years been a member of EPTA in Norway. In Stavanger she led
the national talent programme Unge musikereRogaland.

Gisela Herb is currently living in Gotland and performed her first piano recital in Gotland in Fröjel church in 2015. She also participated during the opening of the Bergman festival in Fårö in 2015 and 2016. Gisela gives currently concerts with both solo- and chamber music works
at Gotland and abroad. She cooperates frequently with the young violinist Maria Wernberg.

Maria Wernberg

Maria Wernberg, violinist, born in Örnsköldsvik with roots in the island of Gotland. She
graduated with a Master of Music (solo performance) from the Royal Northern
College of Music in Manchester 2012. She received a Bachelor of Music with a
first class honours degree from Birmingham Conservatoire 2010. Maria has been
soloist with Örnsköldsviks Musiksällskap and Gotlands Sinfonietta as well as
participated in for example the Virtuoso Violin Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham Music Festival, Young Musician Symphony Orchestra, Festspelen in Piteå, Vadstena-Akademien and Hvide Sande Masterclass.

In 2005 Maria received the prestigious award Riksspelman. She is currently living on Gotland,
freelancing as a violinist combined with her teaching post at Kulturskolan

The Scandinavian String Quartet

The Scandinavian String Quartet consists of four young musicians from Norway,
Sweden and Denmark. The quartet was formed in 2014 when they studied at
Edsberg's castle part of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. They received
an award at Sandviken's Chamber Music Festival in 2015.

Presentation of the quartet members:


Amalie Stalheim (born in 1993) grew up in Bergen in Norway, and started to play the cello at
Bergen's Kulturskole at the age of six. She is currently in her second year of
the master programme at Edsberg learning with the cello professor Torleif

Amalie won the competition Ljunggrenska tävlingen in 2015. She was awarded "Firmenich Prize,
Cellist of the Year" in 2015 during the prestigious academy for young
talents at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Amalie has received scholarships from the Nordiske Första s:t Johanneslogens Jubelfond and
YAMAHA European Music Foundation.

Highlights from the season 2016/2017 is performing as soloist with Gävle Symphony orchestra,
Bergen Filharmoniske Ungdomsorkester,
Universitetsorkesteret in Göteborg and Universitetsorkesteret in Bergen. She
performs regularly at chamber music festivals in Scandinavia, as for example
Festspillene in Bergen, Lyckå Chamber music festival, Hindsgavl Festival.
Amalie plays on a cello built by Collin-Mezin in 1890.


Jenny Augustinsson (born in 1992) started playing the violin at the age of five and a
half. She studied at Linköpings Musikklasser and then at De Geergymnasiets
musiklinje in Norrköping. After the that she studied at the Norwegian Academy
of Music in Oslo. During the second year at the Academy in Oslo she swapped to
the viola. She is currently studying her last year of the master's programme
learning with professor Malin Broman at Edsberg's castle, Royal College of
Music in Stockholm.
Jenny has had the opportunity to be soloist with many orchestras
for example Norrköpings Symphony orchestra, Linköpings
Symphony orchestra and Lyckå Chamber orchestra.

She is often performing at different chamber music festivals, for example Lyckå Chamber
music festival in Blekinge where she has participated the last five years.
Jenny has performed in a number of chamber music occasions in both Norway,
England and Germany. She has been playing with Musica Vitae, Växjö since March

Jenny Augustinsson plays on a viola built by Michael Stürzenhofecker.


Kern Westerberg (born in 1993) born in Århus, Denmark. He started playing the violin at the age
of four. Kern won the prestigious competition: DR's "Spil for Livet 2012" with a first
prize 100.000kr, and in the final he was soloist with DR Symphony orchestra.
Kern also won Jacob Gade's Violin Competition in 2010 as well as received a gold
medal in Berlingske Tidendes Klassiske Musik competition.

Kern did his debut as soloist with DR Symphony orchestra and DR Underholdningsorkester at
the age of 12. Since then he has been soloist with Aarhus Symphony orchestra,
Det Danske Ungdomsensemble, Edsberg Kammerorkester and a number of amateur- and
semi-professional orchestras.

Kern currently learns with Prof. Serguei Azizian at Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium.
Before that he studied at Edsberg, Stockholm where he studied with Prof. Per

Kern has toured as soloist and chamber musician in many European countries as well as China.

Kern plays on a G. Grancino, 1697, generously lent to him by the Augustinus Fonden.


Sofie Sunnerstam (born in 1988) graduated with a soloist diploma from Edsberg in 2014
where she learned with Per Enoksson and Mats Zetterqvist.
Earlier she studied with Henryk Kowalski at the Royal College of Music in
Stockholm and at the Indiana University, USA.

Sofie has performed as soloist with Norrköpings Symphony orchestra, Kungl.
Musikhögskolans Symfoniorkester and many other Swedish amateur orchestras. The
last years she has participated at many chamber music festivals in Europe and concert
tours in New Zeeland and India.

Sofie is a member of The Dalecarlia Clarinet Quintet,
Vadstenasolisterna, O/modernt Kammarorkester and regularly plays with Swedish
and Norwegian orchestras for example the Swedish Radio Symphony orchestra,
Trondheim Symphony orchestra and the Swedish chamber orchestra.

During the autumn 2016 she is playing in the Swedish Radio Symphony orchestra as well as
performing solo- and chamber music concerts in many places in Sweden. Sofie plays
on a violin built by Eero Haahti.


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