Photo: Magnus Gotander

Grand finale for artist in residence programme


David Dencik, Isabelle van Keulen, and Ross Daly have inspired and educated students at the University of Gothenburg. A series of events concludes the artist in residence programme, which was carried out with support from the Sten A Olsson foundation for Research and Culture.

In 2018, the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg started an artist in residence programme, with financial support from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture. Musicians Isabelle van Keulen and Ross Daly, as well as actor David Dencik have been part of the programme and were in Gothenburg for recurring visits as guest teachers.

- They are internationally celebrated artists! Creative, constantly exploratory, playful professionals who have met our students with dedication and curiosity. Of course, it is extremely valuable for our students to collaborate and experiment with these artists, says Petra Frank, head of the Academy of Music and Drama.

- Through the programme, students have had the opportunity to take part in valuable experiences, knowledge, and reflections. We believe that it has contributed to giving the educations an extra dimension and at the same time strengthened the academy's position as an internationally renowned educational institution, says Madeleine Olsson Eriksson, chair of the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture.

David Dencik works with two acting students, May 2018.
Actor David Dencik and students from the bachelor's programme in acting during a workshop in May 2018.
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Master classes, workshops, and concerts

Actor David Dencik has met the students from the performing arts educations in master classes and workshops. Together with Isabelle van Keulen, the classical music students have studied, rehearsed, and performed orchestral music, including Ástor Piazzolla's Four Seasons mixed with fragments from Vivaldi's work of the same name. The students in the world music and improvisation educations have worked with Ross Daly several times, including rehearsing music from Crete and the eastern Mediterranean that was later performed in a concert in Kronhuset.

Isabelle van Keulen, violin on stage with string students in the background. Concert at Kronhuset 31 October 2019.
Isabelle van Keulen and the chamber orchestra with students from the classical music educations in concert at Kronhuset on 31 October 2019.
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Students and teachers have also had the opportunity to share experiences from the three artists' long careers. David Dencik is known for his roles in series such as Chernobyl, Top of the Lake and in the latest Bond film No Time to Die. The Dutch violinist and violist Isabelle van Keulen has played with many of the world's leading orchestras. She also specializes in Argentine tango music. Ross Daly is a virtuoso on several instruments from the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia. He has recorded over 30 albums and performed all over the world.

Ross Daly in November 2018
A forum on modal music with multi-instrumentalist Ross Daly for world music students in November 2018.
Photo: Magnus Gotander

Final public events

During May and June, it's time to both celebrate and tie the knot for the artist in residence programme. The Grand Finale takes place in the form of four public events: 

About the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture

The Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture was founded in 1996 in connection with shipowner Sten A Olsson's 80th birthday. Through the foundation, the family provides support for research and cultural activities, primarily in Gothenburg and western Sweden. The foundation promotes scientific research and development, as well as all arts and cultures, the humanities and Christian communities. The first donation amounted to SEK 51 million and formed the basis for the Chalmers Innovation Foundation. The development of a center for innovation activities at Chalmers was thus made possible. From 1996, when the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture was founded, until 2021, a decision has been made to distribute just over SEK 540 million as support for specific projects, a total of 155 scholarship recipients in the cultural field, and 320 master's scholarships as travel grants.

About the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture