Our young musicians
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Cassandra Andrea, Denmark
Cassandra Andrea Juul was born in 1999 and began playing the violin at the age of 6 at Århus Musikskole. Later she entered MGK-Ø, a 3-year pre-academy course, and now studies for her bachelor degree at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Prof. Eszter Haffner. She has studied with and attended masterclasses by among others Serguei Azizian, Joseph Swensen, Odin Rathnam, Andrej Bielow and Gerhald Schultz. In the last few years Cassandra has been leader in several youth symphony orchestra in Denmark as well as abroad, e.g. Orkester Norden 2018 on their summer tour of Denmark and Iceland. Cassandra is a participant at Hvide Sande Masterclass for the second year in a row.
Gustav Piekut, Denmark
Gustav Piekut is a pianist and was born in Kolding in 1995. He started piano lessons at the age of 6, at 12 he made his debut with Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and went on to win prizes at all youth competitions in the country. At he age of 14 he travelled across Denmark, playing his first solo-recitals, and went on to perform with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kazakh National Orchestra and the Lithuanian National Orchestra. After studies at Klaverskolen Gradus with Martin Lysholm Jepsen, Gustav went to Berlin where he finished his bachelor degree with a first at Universität der Künste with Prof. Klaus Hellwig. In 2017 he won second prize at Aarhus International Piano Competition. He has also won the Bridget Doolan Prize for best Mozart performance in Dublin, the Golden Parnassus Prize in Poland and the Grand Prix at Music Without Limits in Lithuania. In 2019 Gustav released his acclaimed CD recording of Beethovens’s ‘Diabellivariations’.
The Akela quartet has Kirsten Wilbrandt Kjær on viola, Oskar Reuben Friis-Hansen on cello, Clara Glasdam and Gustav Ranum on violin. They have all had their pre-academy education in various parts of Denmark and gathered in Copenhagen in the summer of 2018, when they all began studies at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. Clara and Oscar both come from Copenhagen and have played together since they were 10 years old.Together they have studied at Sankt Annæ MGK and finished studies in 2018. Kirsten comes from Thy, took her pre-academy course in Aalborg and also finished in 2018. Gustav is from Vordingborg and took his pre-academy course in Nykøbing Falster and finished in 2017. The quartet was established after just one year at the Academy and they all started studies with Professor Tim Frederiksen. During the last 4 years the members have played together in various constellations and they are all members of The Danish Youth Ensemble, DUEN with which they have collaborated with orchestras at home and abroad, in Russia and Romania.