Two special guest artists with Scandinavian roots join the Cape Symphony this weekend for “Passport to Scandinavia.”

Acclaimed for both the honesty of his performances and musical versatility, Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen has delighted audiences worldwide. A prolific recitalist, he has given more than 150 performances throughout the United States and Canada alone over the last decade.

The accordion, a highly popular instrument in Norway, first drew Knut Erik to music. His early mastery earned him widespread recognition and victories at a number of competitions, including the Norwegian Accordion Championship.

But in 1997, as a seasoned performer of sixteen, Knut Erik turned his attention to the piano. At eighteen, with only two years of piano study under his belt, he made his debut with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra at the Great Concert Hall of Olavshallen, playing the Grieg piano concerto that he will perform with the Cape Symphony this weekend.

Check out this performance of Rachmaninov’s “Floods of Spring” and Knut Erik’s astonishing technique.

Cape Symphony’s own Bo Ericsson retired from the orchestra in May of 2017, after holding the position of principal cellist for 17 years. We’re delighted to have him back for this very special Scandinavian concert. Bo, a native of Skovde, Sweden, graduated from Gothenborg Conservatory of Music and the Swedish Radio School of Music in Stockholm. Bo served for six years as the principal cellist with the Bergen Philharmonic.

Bo is an active, much sought-after performer of chamber music, including his work with his wife, Liz, in the Schultze-Ericsson Cello Duo. Bo and Liz live in East Orleans where he operates a workshop repairing violins and cellos.

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