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The Swedish cellist Karolina Öhman takes her bike everywhere on tour with Curious Chamber Players, and is widely acknowledged as the most environmental friendly member among the ensemble.
Apart from her talent as a great biker, Karolina also performs and specializes in contemporary music and has premiered numerous solo, chamber music and ensemble works. Karolina has appeared as a soloist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Namascae and the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden among others, appearing in festivals such as Archipel Geneva, Klangspuren Schwaz, ReMusik St. Petersburg, Royaumont and les Jardins Musicaux. Being a devoted chamber musician, Karolina is a member of several contemporary music ensembles including Mondrian Ensemble Basel, ensemble neuverBand Basel, Trio SÆITENWIND, the Curious Chamber Players Stockholm and SCENATET Copenhagen. In 2008, Karolina founded the cello and percussion duo UmeDuo, together with her sister Erika. The duo has appeared in renowned concert halls and Festivals throughout Europe.
Karolina has won several awards including the 1st prize at the prestigious Concours Nicati 2013 in Bern, an interpretation prize from the 2010 “Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik” in Darmstadt, and the Domnick contemporary music “Förder-prize” for cellists in 2009. She has received scholarships from foundations in both Sweden and Switzerland: Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation, Stiftung Lyra and Ernst Göhner Stiftung among others, and in 2010 she became a beneficiary of the Concert Promotion Migros in Zürich.
Karolina studied with Torleif Thedéen, Thomas Demenga and Thomas Grossenbacher and graduated with both a soloist diploma and a specialized Masters in contemporary music.