Hans Knut Sveen

Image: Hans Knut SveenHans Knut Sveen, Bergen, Norway, graduated as organist in 1987 from the Bergen Conservatory of music. During his studies he gained interest for the harpsichord, not at least from the inspiration and support he got from his teacher, Prof. Ketil Haugsand (at the time prof. at the Norwegian State Acad. of music, currently prof. at the Köln Hochschule für Musik). In 1988 HKS moved to Amsterdam and continued his studies in harpsichord playing. He took his solo diploma in 1993 after studies with Profs. Anneke Uittenbosch and Gustav Leonhardt. In 1992 he was appointed as teacher at the Grieg Academy (www.hf.uib.no/grieg/) in Bergen. HKS is one of the founders and members of Bergen Barokk (www.barokk.no), recently known for its recording project of the cantata collection “Harmonischer Gottesdienst” by G.Ph. Telemann (www.telemann.uib.no).

HKS’s recordings are basically made with his ensemble Bergen Barokk, he made one solo recording with the Capricci and Canzonas by J.J. Froberger. In his latest recording (Naxos April 2007) he accompanies Paul Wåhlberg (flute) and Knut Erik Sundquist (bass) in the 6 flute sonatas by G.B. Platti. HKS performs solo as well as with other Scandinavian ensembles such as Barokksolistene and Bjarte Eike as well as Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. He has also done several concert performances with Pratum Integrum, Moscow and their leader Pavel Serbin. HKS’ instruments (ravalement copy of Ruckers 1638 and copy of anon. clavichord 1700) are both made by Joel Katzman, Amsterdam.


Hans Knut Sveen studerte orgel og kirkemusikk på Bergen Musikkonservatorium fra 1983 til 1987. I samme periode spilte han cembalo med Ketil Haugsand, deretter fortsatte han cembalostudiene i Nederland. I Amsterdam gikk han hos Anneke Uittenbosch og deretter hos Gustav Leonhardt. I 1992 ble Hans Knut Sveen ansatt som lærer på Bergen Musikkonservatorium (Griegakademiet – Institutt for musikk), i 1993 tok han diplomeksamen i cembalo i Amsterdam. Siden har han spilt konserter alene og med Bergen Barokk i Norden, Tyskland, Nederland, England, USA og Russland. Hans Knut Sveen har flere plateinnspillinger med Bergen Barokk og i 2001 ga han ut en soloplate med musikk av Johann J. Froberger.
Hans Knut Sveen underviser i cembalo og tidlig musikk.


//Georg F. Händel: Sonatas for recorder and b.c. (Simax, PSC 1093)
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord
Jane Odriozola, cello

//Veracini/Barsanti: Sonatas for recorder and basso continuo (Simax classics PSC 1122)
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord/organ
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Eero Palviainen, archlute

//Pepusch: The Lonely shepherd (BIS-CD-965)
Mona Julsrud, soprano
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

//froberger (Bergen Barokk Records BBR 901)
Canzons and Capriccios by J.J. Frogerger
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

//Georg von Bertouch: Trio Sonatas with pieces from The Music Book of Jacob Mestmacher (TOCC0004)
Bjarte Eike and Peter Spissky, violin
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Kjersti Sellevåg, traverso
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello/viol
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

//Georg Ph. Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Vol. 1 (TOCC0037)
Mona Julsrud, soprano
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord/organ

//Giov. B. Platti: Sonatas for traverso and b.c. (Naxos)
Paul Wåhlberg, traverso
Knut Erik Sundquist, bass
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord/clavichord

//A Holberg Recital I – A Taste of Italy
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

//Jacob Klein: Scordatura Sonatas
Pavel Serbin, cello
Alexander Gulin, cello
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

//Jon Balke: SIWAN
Amina Alaoui vocal
Jon Hassell trumpet, electronics
Kheir Eddine M Kachiche violin
Jon Balke keyboards, conductor
Helge Andreas Norbakken percussion
Pedram Khavar Zamini zarb
Barokksolistene, consisting of:
Bjarte Eike: violin, leader
Per Buhre: violin
Peter Spissky: violin
Anna Ivanovna Sundin: violin
Milos Valent: violin
Rastko Roknic: viola
Joel Sundin: viola
Tom Pitt: cello
Kate Hearne: cello, recorder
Mattias Frostensson: double-bass
Andreas Arend: theorboe, archlute
Hans Knut Sveen: harpsichord, clavichord

//Georg Ph. Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Vol. 2 (TOCC0057)
Bergen Barokk:
Franz Vitzthum, counter tenor
Bjarte Eike, violin
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
Hans Knut Sveen, organ/harpsichord

//Georg Ph. Telemann: “Harmonischer Gottesdienst”, Vol 3
Bergen Barokk:
Mona Julsrud, soprano
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Thomas Boysen, theorbo
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord/organ

//Georg Fr. Händel: Solo Cantatas
Cantatas for voice and basso continuo.
Marianne B. Kielland, mezzo sopranoMarkku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Thomas Boysen, theorbo
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

//A Holberg Recital II – Alla Francese
Bergen Barokk:
Frode Thorsen and Jostein Gundersen, recorders
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba
Thomas Boysen, theorbo and guitar
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

Other interests

Web development
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