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Honorary Doctors

2018 Lena Willemark

Lena Willemark, folk music singer, Swedish national player (Riksspelman) and composer, has been appointed honorary doctor at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg.

Riksspelman Lena Willemark is one of the most important singers and violin players within Swedish folk music. She is also a composer and artistic director, and known for singing in the language Älvdalska.

– She has been very important for the increasing interest in, and knowledge of, folk music. Her open, inspiring working methods with vivid interpretations, musical dialects and living-tradition have meant a lot for our students. It is wonderful and honorable for us to have Lena Willemark as honorary doctor. I look forward to developing our collaboration, says Anders Jormin, professor at the Academy of Music and Drama.

Lena Willemark has a unique ability to be both a cultural bearer and keeper of traditions, and an innovator and explorer of modern art music. She has received several awards for her multi diciplinary work. Her latest album Blåferdi got a lot of attention.

Lena Willemark will come to Gothenburg for the Conferment of Doctoral Degrees, October 19th 2018.

All honorary doctors connected to the Academy of Music and Drama

Singer, riksspelman and composer Lena Willemark (2018)
Conductor and pianist Christian Zacharias (2017)
Tumpet player Arve Henriksen (2016)
Perfomance artist Liz Aggiss (2013)
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel (2012)
Musicologist Kerala Snyder (2010)
Conductor Kjell Ingebretsen (2009)
Opera singer Rut Jacobson (2004)
Music Education researcher David Hargreaves (2004)
Theatre Director Eva Bergman (2003)
Actor trainer Gert (Yat) Malmgren (2000)
Conductor Herbert Blomstedt (1999)
Conductor Neeme Järvi (1991)
Cellist Guido Vecchi (1989)

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 5/31/2018

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