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Jakob Kullberg

Praised in The Strad magazine for a ‘staggering control of tone – sometimes elegant or glassy, at other times angry or pleadingly reedy’, the cellist Jakob Kullberg is a prizewinner at international solo and chamber music competitions, and his recordings have been awarded P2 Prisen (the ‘Danish Grammy’) twice as well as a shortlisting for the Gramophone Awards.

Kullberg has been artist-in-residence with, among others, the International Carl Nielsen Competition, Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen and the New Music Orchestra (Poland). Currently collaborating with the BBC Philharmonic on a large-scale concerto recording project, he appears with leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Avanti Ensemble and Ensemble Intercontemporain. He is also a recurring guest at festivals such as the Aldeburgh Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Bergen International Festival and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Jakob Kullberg enjoys a uniquely close collaboration with the Danish composer Per Nørgård whose entire cello output of the last 20 years has been composed specifically for him. The paradigm example of their dialogic collaboration is manifested in Kullberg’s composition Nocturnal Cadenza based on fragments by Nørgård. He is also a notable interpreter and collaborator of Bent Sørensen and Kaija Saariaho, both of whom have composed works for him.

Artistic director of the Open Strings Cello Masterclass since 2004, Jakob Kullberg has been professor of cello at the Royal College of Music, London since 2016. He has been a juror at the Schoenfeld International String Competition (China) as well as the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition.

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