MUSIC: Jenny Lind Concert in San Francisco on June 20

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    Jenny Lind 2013 Photo: Ingela Hoatson

The Consulate General of Sweden and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival present the Jenny Lind concert 2013. Jenny Lind scholarship recipient Magdalena Risberg and Royal Academy of Music scholarship recipient David Huang will perform Nordic music and opera arias.  

Magdalena Risberg is the winner of the prestigious 2013 Jenny Lind Scholarship, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the People's Parks and Community Centers in Stockholm. The scholarship includes a tour of the United States in the footsteps of Jenny Lind, the famous Swedish Nightingale. Jenny Lind toured America in 1850-1851 at the invitation of impresario and circus manager P.T. Barnum and, on arrival in New York, was greeted by 30,000 people on the dock. 

Soprano Magdalena Risberg has been chosen as the Jenny Lind Scholarship winner for 2013 based on a voice that is natural and simple, yet rich and moving, and showing great musicality. Magdalena was born and raised in Stockholm, growing up in a musical family.  At the age of four she began playing the violin, which remained her main interest until her teens, when she shifted to singing. She attended Adolf Fredrik’s music classes, and the Södra Latin High school of Stockholm. After graduation, she went to Vadstena Folk High School, concentrating on romantic song, then Birkagården School and the Royal College of Music, and is now in her last year of the University College of Opera in Stockholm.  At the Royal Opera, she met with great success in 2012 during the School’s annual festival, where she sang very demanding soprano works from Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

David Huang has been chosen as the accompanist scholar on the Jenny Lind Tour 2013. David is a Chinese-born Swedish pianist, who moved to Sweden with his parents at the age of three. He grew up in Trosa, Sweden. David began playing the piano at the age of 11, and moved to Stockholm for studies at the Södra Latin Gymnasiet’s Special Music Department. After receiving his high school diploma, he began studies at both the Stockholm School of Economics and at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.  After two years, he took up piano studies completely.  After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree at the Royal Academy of Music, David secured his Master’s Degree in Oslo. He will complete studies for his Soloist’s Diploma at the Edberg’s Castle program of the Royal Academy of Music.

David performs actively as both soloist and chamber musician. He has, for some years, been a member of Sweden’s Young Chamber Soloists. He has received many scholarships, including a number from the Royal Academy of Music. In 2012, he won a prestigious piano competition in Russia, playing piano concerts by Mozart and Liszt with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra. David anticipates a tour in France as soloist in 2014, and expects to return to Russia for concerts with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:30 -1:30 pm
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Tickets: The outdoor concert is free and open to the public. 
For more information: http://www.ybgfestival.org/Events/jenny-lind/

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