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Sacrum Profanum 2023

Jakob Kullberg

Praised internationally for his performances of the contemporary cello concerto, Jakob Kullberg, a Nordic Council Music Prize nominee, is one of the most multifaceted and respected Danish instrumentalists who has become known for his highly personal and fearless interpretations – a musical persona on today’s international music scene transcending the established notion of “the classical cellist”. 

Recognised for his prolific and engaging performances as a soloist, he appears regularly with some of the world’s high-profile orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), the BBC Philharmonic, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Wrocław Philharmonic, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, among others, as well as the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish symphony orchestras and sinfoniettas. 

He is a two-time winner of “the Danish Grammy” (P2-Prisen), most recently for his concerto CD Momentum made in collaboration with Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej and conductor Szymon Bywalec, an album which was nominated for the Gramophone Award, was Album of the Week with Q2 Music (New York) and praised in “The Strad” magazine. 

Another close collaboration of a newer date is with a Danish composer Niels Rønsholdt, who is currently composing his second cello concerto for Kullberg after the award-winning release of their recording of Rønsholdt’s first cello concerto Country (one of many albums made with his close collaborators Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej). 

He holds a professorship at the Royal College of Music in London and has previously taught for a decade at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.