Søren Bebe - Jazz Pianist, Composer & Pianist for Ballet & Contemporary Classes

Søren Bebe

Søren Bebe is a leading pianist and composer in the European jazz and contemporary music scene. He also runs the YouTube channel, BalletMusicDK, where he regularly uploads his music for ballet classes – originals as well as cover versions of jazz and pop hits.

Søren has released several jazz records as a leader and even more as a sideman (for a full discography, please visit sorenbebe.dk/discography).
His busy touring schedule has included most of Europe, as well as the US, China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil and Morocco. Along the way, he’s performed at international jazz festivals like Hong Kong, London, Jarasum (in Korea) and SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas.
For upcoming concerts, please visit sorenbebe.dk/concerts.

As a composer, Søren has written mostly for his own groups and projects.
He has also composed works commissioned by theatres and choreographers, including a major piece for the National Gallery of Denmark.
Søren has received several working grants from the Danish Arts Council and other cultural institutions.

As a freelance accompanist for dance, Søren has worked at, among other places, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet School, Danish Dance Theatre, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Dansehallerne and The Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli.

Søren is a graduate of the Royal Danish Conservatory in Aarhus, Denmark, and has an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Music. He was born on 5 December 1975 in Odense, Denmark, the city of the great poet Hans Christian Andersen.

Martin Åkerwall - Pianist, Composer, Conductor and Music Director

Martin Åkerwall

Music director, pianist, and composer. He has studied piano, and composition in the Royal Danish Conservatory, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He has worked as a music director, and a ballet pianist in Finland, Germany, Switzerland and United States.

From 1996 to 2003 he worked as a pianist at the Royal Danish Ballet. In 2000 he made his debut as director of the orchestra.

Akerwall is an impassioned pianist. Since young at age he has regularly performed as soloist or chamber musician. He has also performed as soloist or member of orchestras such as DR Symphony Orchestra and Danish Royal Orchestra.

Eric Viudes - Ballet Teacher

ERIC VIUDES

Eric Viudes started his ballet training in his home town, Biarritz in France, and completed his education at Le Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. He was also one of the last private pupils of Mâitre Yves Brieux. He immediately got a contract at Ballet du Rhin in Mulhouse/Strasbourg, under the direction of Jean Sarelli, and in 1984 he was engaged at The Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo.

In 1985 Eric Viudes danced the principal role of Vaslav Nijinsky in Ulf Gadd´s Diaghilevs Ballets Russes at the première in Oslo, and one year later he was promoted to the soloist rank. He danced the role at all the later revivals of the production, and also in the Norwegian television production of the ballet in 1996.

Along with doing all the soloist dance parts in the classical repertoire from the pas de trois in Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the pas de deux of Flower Festival in Genzano and male solo in Napoli, Eric Viudes has also had other important roles with the company, among those: the young Bridegroom in Les Noces (Jerome Robbins), Flegmatic in Four Temperaments (George Balanchine), The Third Song in Vier Letzte Lieder (Rudi van Dantzig), the Young Husband in La Ronde (Glen Tetley) and the Red pas de deux in Forgotten Land (Jiri Kyliàn). In 1994 Norwegian choreographer Sølvi Edvardsen created the role as Edvard Grieg for him in Grieg à Jour.

In 2004 he received from the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France, the famous dispensation of the State Diplom for teaching ballet, as a recognition of his artistic merits and experience. He has also received several scholarships to study dance pedagogique at The National School of Ballet in Toronto, The Hamburg Ballet School and at The Bournonville Summer Academy in Copenhagen.

As a guest teacher Eric Viudes has taught company classes and given master classes in Boston, Montevideo, Singapore, Tbilisi and Copenhagen. For several years he was invited as a regular guest teacher for the aspirant classes at The Royal Danish Ballet, during the artistic directorship of Frank Andersen. He is now member of the Bournonville Academy faculty, and has been teaching at seminars with them in Tokyo, Japan and in the USA, and he was also the artistic advisor for the complete six editions of the Bournonville à Biarritz Summer Academy from 2009 to 2014.

For the conclusion gala in Biarritz in 2014, together with Dinna Bjørn he staged the Pas de la Vestale from August Bournonville, for two young dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet. Based in Oslo, Eric Viudes is teaching open classes in the Norwegian capital for freelance dancers, young ballet students and ballet lovers.

  • Trained in Paris under the distinguished teacher, Yves Brieux
  • Dancer with Ballet dy Rhin and soloist with The Norwegian Ballet
  • Created the role of Edvard Grieg in Sølvi Edvarsen’s ‘Grieg a Jour’ in 1994
  • Danced the Principal role of Vaslav Nijinsky in the Norwegian Television production of Ulf Gadd’s ‘Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ in 1996
  • Recipient of France’s prestigious State Diploma for Ballet Teaching and scholarships to study with the National Ballet of Canada, the Hamburg Ballet School and the Bournonville Summer Academy in Copenhagen
  • Given master classes in Boston, Montevideo Tbilisi, Copenhagen and Amsterdam
  • As a member of the Bournonville Academy Faculty, staged all six complete Bournonville classes in Biarritz 2009-2014

Allan Nielsen - Ballet Teacher, co-owner of Christianshavns Ballet School

ALLAN NIELSEN

Allan Nielsen was educated at the Royal Danish Ballet School in Copenhagen, Denmark, but has also trained at John Neumeiers Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet in Germany.
Allan was employed as a principal dancer in Tivoli at the Pantomime Theater from 1984 to 2003.
At the moment Allan is pursuing a career as a character dancer working with the art of the Danish Commedia dell`arte, at the same place, Pantomime Theater. At the same time he is dedicating time to his work as a teacher of classical ballet.

Allan has taught at : Scanias Dance Theatre, Danish Dance Theatre, Pantomime Theatre.
He has ben employed 3 years at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and 4 years at the Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School as a teacher in ballet.
He is the co-owner of Christianshavns Ballet School, where he enjoys introducing children to the world of ballet. Allan is found of teaching all levels of ballet; regardless whether he is teaching children or pensioners, amateurs or professional. Allan seeks to give his pupils a sense of organic flow that allows everyone to experience dance as a union of music and movement.