Sundays at Three Series Begins with the Lilla Akademien Duo


by News Bureau on Monday, Sep. 17, 2012

Cape Girardeau, Mo., Sept. 17, 2012 – The Chamber Music Sundays at Three Concert Series will open its 10th season with the Lilla Akademien Duo on Sept. 30.

The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Performing the concert will be two world-class young musicians, Ulrika Edström on cello and Michael Tsalka on piano, from one of Sweden’s finest conservatories.

The duo will feature sonatas by Bach, Beethoven and Ollmann. They will also perform pieces by Lidholm, Schumann and Martinu.

Edström, born in Härnösand, Sweden, is a well-respected and active musician with a broad range of musical interests and expertise. In addition to her orchestral life in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, she also performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and teaches cello and ensemble at the music school Lilla Akademien in Stockholm.

She began playing the cello as a child in Quincy, Ill., and returned to Sweden to study at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where she received her master’s degree. She was the principal cellist of the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra for five years before becoming co-principal cellist of The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her official debut in 1986 playing the Elgar cello concerto with The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra led to several international scholarships that enabled her to further her studies, first with artists William Pleeth and Siegfried Palm, and later at The Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Canada.

Edström has performed in concert halls around the world, including Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Ill., Carnegie Hall in New York City, N.Y., Kennedy Center in Washingdon, D.C., Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Centre Pompidou and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and Teatro Real in Madrid.

As a founding member of the early music group Barockorkestern, she enjoys playing the baroque cello and has played together with period specialists. She has also collaborated with many composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Lars Ekström, Lars-Åke Franke-Blom, Oleg Gotskosik and Jaroslaw Kapuscinsky.

Edström is dedicated to helping young musicians and has been on the faculty of Lilla Akademien since 2005. She has also taught at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, The Falun Conservatory of Music, The Ingesund Music Conservatory and The University College of Music Education in Stockholm. She has organized a summer music festival and cello course, tailored especially for talented students in Laxviken, Sweden.

Tsalka, born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, is a versatile musician who performs solo and chamber music repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary periods on the modern piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano and positive organ. He has won numerous prizes and awards in Rome, Bayreuth, Bonn, Paris, Genoa, Calabria, Sardinia, Tel-Aviv, Chicago, Minneapolis, Berlin, Mexico City and Philadelphia. He has performed throughout Europe, America, Canada, Israel, Asia and Latin America.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and continued studies in Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a piano solo diploma from the Scuola Superiore Iternazionale del Trio di Trieste. Tsalka then moved to Philadelphia and studied at Temple University, where he obtained a master’s degree in chamber music/accompanying, a master’s degree in harpsichord performance and a doctorate in piano performance.

Tsalka was the artistic director of a concert cycle dedicated to J. S. Bach, performed in Beijing, Qindao and Wuhan in 2011 and was the co-artistic director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival, performed in Kuopio and Finland in August 2012. He is now recording D. G. Türk’s 48 keyboard sonatas for NAXOS (CDs 1-4 will be released in 2012) and is working on a critical edition of these works for Artaria Editions in New Zealand. He has written three articles that have appeared in specialized early music journals in America, Taiwan and Italy. Composers from around the world have dedicated pieces to Tsalka, who is on the board of directors of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society and the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society.

He often presents master classes and lectures around the world and has been invited to judge at music competitions including the Angélica Morales Piano Competition in Mexico City, the International Duo Competition in Stockholm and the Amsterdam Square Piano Competition in Amsterdam. He formerly taught at Temple University and at the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. He now teaches at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm.

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