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"SEASONS" RELEASE IN GERMANY
22 April 2006
The "Four Seasons" CD with Swedish Chamber orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard has now been released inGermany and Switzerland. For more info see EMIs website: http://www.emiclassics.de/xml/6/3252719/3543362.html

CONCERTO Recording
10 April 2006
Michala has just finished recording sessions with Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Chinese conductor Lan Shui of three contemporary concertos composed for her:
American Steven Stucky: "Etudes" (2000); Swedish Daniel Börtz: "Pipes and Bells" (2002) and Spanish Juan Albert Amargos: "Northern Concerto" (2005). The CD is scheduled for release at EMI in the fall 2006.

Italy / Börtz in Finland
02 December 2005
Michala has just returned from Finland after performing Swedish Daniel Börtz´s great concerto "Pipes and Bells" with Turku Symphony Orchestra - an orchestra who often has contemporary works on their repertoire, and who gave Börtz´s concerto a moving performance.
Right before visiting snowy Finland she played 2 concerts in Italy with Cuban born guitarist Manuel Barrueco on a rather hectic trip - with 2 rehearsals, 2 concerts and 20 hours of traveling all within 48 hours.... Partly due to delays of the Italian railway system the hall of the second concert was reached just in time for the concert - but with help from friendly people all went well in the end!

"Pro Europa" soloist prize 2005
01 August 2005
A prize for her work as a soloist has been given to Michala by the European Foundation for Culture, "Pro Europa". The Foundation, which started in 1993, has prizes in many categories - architecture, ballet and conducting amongst others - and Michala will receive the prize in Amsterdam on April 15th, together with a.m.o percussionist Peter Sadlo, composer Sofia Gubaidulina and violinist Gidon Kremer.

Read more: Pro Europa

Honorary Member of Danish Soloist Union
06 July 2005
On May 19th Michala was named a "Honorary Member" of the Danish Soloist Union. In the citation for the honour her musicality and tecnical perfection was accentuated, as well as her ongoing wish to challenge her own and the recorders possibilities. To receive such an honour from collegues was something very special to Michala.

New recording
14 June 2005
Michala has just been to Örebro in Sweden, to do a recording with Conductor Thomas Dausgaard and The Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
It was exciting and inspiring days - they recorded Vivaldi´s "The Four Seasons" and Saint-Saëns "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso". In this repertoire Michala was challenging herself and her new recorders: her "Ehlert-Alto" by Ralf Ehlert, produced by Moeck, and her "Modern Recorder" by Joachim Paetzold/Nik Tarasov, produced by Mollenhauer.
These recorders all have a larger sound and more dynamic possibilities which makes it possible to do different repertoire, and to play with bigger orchestras without the soloist disappearing!
The CD will be available from EMI in the beginning of November this year.

Amargos Concerto finished
27 January 2005
The score of Spanish Juan Albert Amargos "Concerto for Recorder and orchestra" has just arrived at Michala´s house. This concerto has been in the making for almost two years, and will be a great and new addition to the contemporary recorder repertoire, with its unusual scoring: Amplified recorder with an orchestra consisting of strings, 22 wind players, 3 percussonists, piano and harp. A quite large orchestra! - but the piece is so well written that the balance with the recorder will work well.
Amargos is amongs other things known for his work for and with jazz musicians, such as Paco de Lucia - and able to mix styles - classical and jazz - in an unusual natural way.

Premiere with Piano
05 December 2004
Few days ago Michala played in Hamburg´s "Musikhalle", with pianist Justus Zeyen. Justus Zeyen is well known for his work with accompanying leading singers, amongst others Thomas Quasthoff and Juliane Banse. In spite of her long list of concerts this was her first ever with piano! Partly because the original repertoire for those two instruments is limited, partly because the recorder until a few years ago existed only in its baroque version, with limited dynamic capacity in comparison with the piano. However, lately more succesful attempts have been made to make new models of the instruments, and in addition to Michalas "Modern Recorder", invented by Nik Tarasov and produced by Mollenhauer a few years ago, she was also at this concert premiering Ralf Ehlerts new "Ehlert Recorder", produced by Moeck. Both instruments matched the pianos volume with no problems, and responded to Michala´s wish for a high quality sound aswell as dynamic expression. The programmme went from baroque to modern, with a few transcriptions of flute- and violin-works, and was very entusiastically recieved by the audience. After this succesful premiere Michala and Justus Zeyen plan to do more concerts in the future.

Japan Tour
11 November 2004
During their recent tour in Japan Michala and Lars Hannibal was invited by Woodone to play a concert at the Itsukushima Shrine near Hiroshima. It was the first time ever that western music was performed at the Shrine, which is considered as one of Japans most important Buddhist Shrines and is build around 1600 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The five-store Pagoda which is part of the Shrine is even older, build in 1407.
        In the photo album you can see some pictures which give an impression of the beauty of this very spiritual place, aswell as photos from other of the tours concerts.
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