The Norwegian violinist Magnus Boye Hansen studied at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo and the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Magnus Boye Hansen is a sought after musician and has thus had the opportunity to play at numerous festivals and tours. Some projects include several tours in Europe and USA with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra with concerts in Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. Festivals Magnus Boye Hansen regularly plays at include Risør Chamber Music Festival and Podium festivals in Norway, Germany and Iceland. Magnus also regularly performs with orchestras such as Tromsø Chamber Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Ensemble Allegria, an ensemble he also is a founding member of. Magnus is an active chamber musician with a particular love for music that is rarely played, and he has this experience through numerous concerts in the festivals associated with the Podium network. Soloist experience includes several concerts with Alfred Schnittkes “Concerto Grosso Nr 1” with the Oslo Camerata and the PODIUM Festival Strings.
Steven Walter is a cultural entrepreneur and performing cellist currently based in Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany. Born in 1986 and raised near Stuttgart, Steven was early to discover his passion for classical music. He started playing the cello at age 8 and soon began performing with various ensemble. After graduating, Steven studied the cello in Oslo and Detmold. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many venues in Europe, in the US and throughout Scandinavia, and has received invitations to several international Festivals. He was a member of several new orchestras, i.e. International Mahler Orchestra as well as founding member of the Badische Kammerphilharmonie.
Additionally to his performance career, Steven is a very engaged cultural entrepreneur and manager. He has founded and currently is artistic & managing director of the PODIUM Festival Esslingen (Germany), a very successful innovative European chamber music festival. In recognition of his work as an innovative music promoter he has received a prestigious ECHO Klassik Award and a nomination to Cultural Manager of the Year. He received a scholarship for the “Akademie Musiktheater heute” from the Deutsche Bank Stiftung and is co-founder of the Music curator Startup HERNY. Furthermore, Steven regularly teaches at renown universities and schools in Germany.
Mathias Susaas Halvorsen studied with professor Jiri Hlinka at Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt in Oslo 2007 - 2010 and with professor Gerald Fauth at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig 2011 - 2013. During Mathias' time at Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt he performed several times as a soloist with the school's orchestra in pieces such as Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Poulenc's concerto for two pianos and Schostakovich piano concerto no. 1. In 2009 he re -discovered and performed piano concerto no. 5 by the Norwegian composer Halfdan Cleve in Vilnius with the Lithuania State Symphony and conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius. In 2008 Mathias founded the Podium festival in Haugesund together with Guro Pettersen and the festival will be held for the 8th time in July 2015. Recently he has performed in places like Radialsystem in Berlin, St. John Smith Square, Ernst Deutsch Theater, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hamburg Schauspielhaus and Oslo Konserthus and collaborated with artist such as Laurent Chétouane and Peaches. He has also performed at several international festivals including Klara Festival in Brussel, Yoko Onos Meltdown, Brighton Festival, Podium Festival Esslingen, Theater der Welt and Bachfest Stuttgart. In 2014 his composition “the Square” was performed in Podium Festival Esslingen and Scaldis Chamber Music Festival. Future projects includes a series of live recordings of Bach's Goldbergvariations and a tour with Boye's Café Orchestra performing Rachmaninov third piano concerto.
Lucilla Schmidinger is the LIGHTS OUT producer, so she is trying to keep up with all the ideas, plans, dates and contacts of all trio members. After her Bachelors in Theatre Studies and Musicology, she is currently training in Cultural Management at the University for Music and Theater Munich. Having worked for PODIUM Festival Esslingen and the Theater Academy August Everding in Munich as well as a PR agency she now uses the skills she learnt to steer the LIGHTS OUT mission for more special, intense and dark concerts.
If she doesn’t work for or listen to the music of others she enjoys singing herself the most (apart from living her healthy obsession with dark chocolate).