The St. Olav Festival 2016 presents


in Early Music — Trondheim, Norway — July 23 - 31, 2016

NB – dates for 2017 will be July 31st. to August 7th., eventual change of faculty will be announced!


The Ringve International Summer Course is held at Sund folkehøgskole at Inderøy, about 100 km north of Trondheim, July 23 – 31 2016.



Early Music Performance Practice, master classes, ensemble playing, musical evening get-togethers, and concerts. The course is taught in English and is held from July 24 to 30, 2016. Recommended travel days July 23 and 31 or August 1.

Contact person: Tore Aaen Aune, phone: +47 404 04 584, email
If you have sent in your application without getting any response, please contact Tore Aaen Aune directly.


Practical info

Now slowly approaching it’s fifth decade, the Ringve Course is among the longest existing early music courses in Europe today and attracts students from all over the world. 15–20 countries are represented every year; this is truly an important international meeting place!

What is it

Early Music Performance Practice, master classes, ensemble playing, musical evening get-togethers, and concerts.

Faculty 2016

Kai Wessel voice
Letizia Dradi historical dance for everyone
Peter Holtslag recorder/traverso
Bernhard Forck baroque violin
Kristin von der Goltz baroque cello
Thomas Boysen lute/improvisation
Ketil Haugsand harpsichord


Amateur as well as professional, but a certain adequate background is required. Six days of teaching, one day off. The course is taught in English.

Course fee and housing

Active participants: NOK 2.400 per person, max 10 students per class. Passive/auditors: NOK 1.200 per person, unlimited. Room and full board: NOK 3.700/5.050 (double/single room.)

How to get there

By plane to Trondheim Airport Værnes: There are international connections worth checking: Norwegian Air Shuttle from London Gatwick to Værnes, Ryanair from a.o. London Stanstead and Milano to Torp, and Wideroe from Torp to Værnes. There are also direct flights to Værnes from Amsterdam (KLM), Copenhagen (SAS, Norwegian) and from several Norwegian cities. Travelling via Oslo with connecting flights to Trondheim is often the most convenient. By train via Trondheim or Storlien, Sweden: Booking early, you may also travel from Oslo by train at NOK 199 ( By bus: There is a very cheap bus-line from Oslo or Oslo Airport Gardermoen to Trondheim from NOK 49 one way By car to Sund, Inderøya.

Contact person

Tore Aaen Aune, phone: +47 404 04 584, email

Application deadline May 1st. 2016, but there is still space in most classes!

Faculty 2016

For 39 years the Ringve International Summer Course has gathered
some of the world’s leading professors and performers in the Early Music field.

Kai Wessel – voice

The Countertenor Kai Wessel was born in Hamburg and studied music theory (Prof. Roland Ploeger) , composition (Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Döhl) and voice (Prof. Ute von Garczynskiconcert, examination passed with honours) at the Lübeck Academy of Music. He was also an external student in the field of baroque performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (René Jacobs). Wessel received numerous prizes (i.e. in Berlin and Bruges) and fellowships (studying under Peter Kooij in Hilversum/Holland). He has been involved in performances, radio broadcasts, amore than 90 recordings under the direction of Ph. Herreweghe, G. Leonhard, T. Koopman, N. Harnoncourt, M. Haselböck, H.W. Henze, A. Tamayo, S. Cambreling, P. Rundel, H. Holliger, K. Nagano, a.o. As one of the leading countertenors Wessel is invited to music festivals all over the world (Paris, Madrid, Salzburg, Tokyo, San Francisco, a.o.) and to numerous opera houses (Barcelona, Nice, Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Dresden a.o.). For ten years, he was a regular guest at the Basel Theatre in productions by stage directors Herbert Wernicke, Karin Beier, Claus Guth and Joachim Schlömer. Composers like Mauricio Kagel, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber, Isabel Mundry, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Jörg Widmann and Matthias Pintscher wrote works for him.Kai Wessel was teaching at the Private University Conservatory Vienna (2006-2012) and is now Professor for Voice and Historical Performance Practice for Singers at the Cologne University for Music and Dance. In addition he is teaching Voice with focus on Contemporary Vocal Literature at the Bern University of Applied Sciences.After private studies with Jerome Preysinger in Vienna several projects were conducted by him as i.e. the first performance of the Pastorale „Il Narciso“ by F.A.M.Pistocchi after 300 years, A.Caldara’s „Il Batista“ and J.S.Bach’s „St John’s Passion“.

Letizia Dradi – historical dance

LETIZIA DRADI took her first steps in ancient dance in 1992. She studied Palaeography and Musical Philology at the University of Cremona, Italy, blending research on dance and musical studies. She has gone on stage with the New York Dance Company of C. Turocy in The Pleasure of the Dance and in The Temple of Glory at Jarvis Theater in Napa, California.  As a specialist in 18th-century Italian dances, she has choreographed dances for the Sellitto’s Intermezzo Drusilla and Don Strabone  for La Petite Bande directed by S. Kujiken. She has travelled throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas with ensembles such as Le Concert des Nations of J. Savall, Concert Royal of J. Richman, Doulce Mémoire, Dowland Consort of J. Lindberg, Elyma of G. Garrido, La Follia of G. Fabiano, Micrologus, Musica Fiorita of D. Dolci, La Risonanza of F. Bonizzoni, Risonanze of C. Chiarappa, Norsk Barokkorkester Gottfried von der Gotz, Rolf Lislevand, Orchestra Barocca Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbato, Milano, conductor Roberto Balconi. She is teaching in Italy in several Conservatory of Music: Adria, Rovigo, Pesaro, Como, Brescia, Parma and in Lugano (Switzerland ).

Ketil Haugsand – harpsichord

Ketil Haugsand is a professor of harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, and is regarded as one of the greatest harpsichordists and Early Music personalities in the world. His CD recordings with works by Rameau, Marchand, Seixas, Sousa Carvalho et cetera, for Simax, Virgin and Linn have won significant international acclaim. His interpretations of the Clavierübungen by J.S. Bach – and especially the Goldberg Variations – have been singled out as highly original and outstanding ground-breaking performances. Haugsand studied with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he was awarded the coveted Prix d’Excellence. Later he was laureate at international harpsichord competitions in Paris and Brûges. Professor Haugsand is one of the most sought-after harpsichord teachers on the academic level today.

Peter Holtslag – recorder/traverso

Born in Amsterdam in 1957, Peter Holtslag ( studied recorder at the Conservatorium of his native town (Frans Brüggen being the great source of inspiration), graduating cum laude in 1980. On the transverse flute, he is an autodidact. He has toured worldwide as a recorder player and as a transverse flute player, performing for radio and TV in places like the US, New Zealand, Macao etc. A distinguished soloist and chamber musician, he shared the concert platform and toured with musicians and ensembles such as Gustav Leonhardt, William Christie, Roy Goodman, The English Concert, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, La Fontegara Amsterdam, The Parley of Instruments, &c.
His numerous CD recordings on most major labels ( DGG/Archiv, Hyperion, Chandos, Harmonia Mundi, Aeolus, Globe, CPO &c. ) have won international acclaim. From 1984-88, he taught at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and in 1988 he was appointed professor to both the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. After 25 years at the Royal Academy he resigned, but was invited to return as a visiting professor. On that occasion, he was awarded the honoraray membership of the Royal Academy. He continues to teach in Hamburg and also teaches at international master classes and summer courses.

Peter Holtslag lives both in the neighbourhood of Hamburg and in Kraków; adores his wife and daughter, and loves to cook and to spend time in his extensive library (not simultaneously though…)

Bernhard Forck – baroque violin

The German violinist and conductor, Bernhard Forck, studied violin at the Musikhochschule in Berlin with Professor Eberhard Feltz. From 1986 until 1991 he was a member of the Berliner Symphoniker. During his studies, he became interested in Baroque violin and took lessons with Ingrid Seiffert, Catherine Mackintosh and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Since 1984 Bernhard Forck has been a member and a concert-master of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. He is also active in the Berlin music life, by appearing in own concerts and by participation in oratorio concerts of the RIAS-Kammerchor, and Baroque operas at the Staatsoper under René Jacobs. He is also a violinist in many chamber ensembles, most notably the Ensemble Oriol, with which he started the Manon Quartet in 1994. The quartet has given concerts in the USA and Germany, and recently was named as ‘Quartet in Residence’ at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Bernhard Forck has apricipated in many CD recordings.

Kristin von der Goltz – baroque cello

Kristin von der Goltz studied under Christoph Henkel in Freiburg and William Pleeth in London. She was also a member of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra from 1991 to 2004. Today she performs on the modern and the Baroque cello and is in international demand as a solo cellist, working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ton Koopman, Marc Minkowski and others. She has been a member and soloist with the BerlinBarockSolisten since 2006 and, since 2009, as a solist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. She was a guest lecturer at the International Bohemia Festival in Prague and at the Mannheim Orchesterakademie. From 2004 to 2009 she taught Advanced Class in Modern Cello at the College of Music for Catholic Church Music in Regensburg, Germany. After lectureships in Duisburg and Munich, she became a Professor of Baroque Cello at the College of Music in Frankfurt in 2009.
She is now artistic Director of Norsk Barokkorkester.

Thomas Boysen – lute, continuo and improvisation

Born in Oslo in 1970, Thomas Boysen studied classical guitar and lute at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. After achieving his diploma in 1995 he went to Germany to study with Prof. Rolf Lislevand at the State Academy of Music in Trossingen. Since then Boysen has established himself as an accomplished lutenist and Continuo player and has among other things been working with with Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Armonico Tributo Austria, Le Poème Harmonique, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Akademia, Emma Kirkby, Rolf Lislevand, and Paolo Pandolfo. He has performed in most European countries, USA, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Cuba and has contributed to more than 40 CD recordings on record labels like Glossa, Naive, Sony, Harmonica Mundi and K617. Home page:

Application 2016

Deadline May 1st. 2016, but there is still space in most classes!







Contact: Tore Aaen Aune, phone: +47 404 04 584, email


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