Caroline Eidsten Dahl
(b. 1980) is one of Norways most active recorder players and specialises in baroque repertoire. She has performed at numerous festivals including the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the Early Music Festival in London and the Stockholm Early Music Festival. 2014 saw the release of Carolines debut solo album Blockbird Norwegian Recorder Music (LWC1069) receiving rave reviews both on the home front and abroad. This was followed in 2018 by the release of Sonata Norwegica (LWC1165) featuring Norwegian and Swedish baroque music. She is accompanied on this recording by Kate Hearne on the baroque cello. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kate is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Stockholms Royal College of Music. Equally at home on the baroque cello as on the recorder, she plays both instruments professionally and tours extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, performing with an array of baroque and contemporary music ensembles. They are joined by Christian Kjos on the harpsichord. Christian is a very active continuo player playing with orchestras such as Barokkanerne and the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra and has performed under the direction of Ton Koopman and Andrew Manze.
is born 1979 in Dublin, Ireland. Currently living in Malmö, Sweden. Instruments: cello & recorder. When I was just 5 years old I was shipped off to recorder lessons with my older brother and sister. The nicest memories I have of these early years were long days spent playing Renaissance consort music, and by the time I started playing the cello as a teenager my love of Early Music was well in place. I am very happy I had some incredible orchestral experiences in the Irish Youth Orchestra, such as playing the complete Wagner Ring Cycle and many Mahler symphonies, but I always knew that I would love to end up playing on gut strings and in smaller ensembles.
The decision to move to Stockholm in 2002 was not a difficult one, and there I had the chance to study both Baroque cello and recorder with two fantastic and inspiring teachers, Dan Laurin and Chrichan Larson. I joined Concerto Copenhagen for the first time in 2007, and was very happy to find a group of like-minded people who enjoy life and music, and understand the importance of rhetorical thinking when playing and performing. Even after years together, Concerto Copenhagen manage to create something new and fresh each time they meet.
When not hanging out with the CoCoNuts, I am often on the road playing with my recorder quartet, Woodpeckers, or with other great ensembles such as Poland’s Arte dei Suonatori and Barokksolistene. I get home to Ireland as music as possible and I’m lucky to work as Baroque & programming adviser for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival as well as coordinating their Baroque schools workshops. I have a dream to end my days playing gamba consort with friends, perhaps some of the wonderful music from the Jacobean Period... but as I haven’t started to play the gamba yet this may take some time!oung people, and she spreads this energy and enthusiasm to hundreds of children every year through different schools projects.