Ultima Listeners

Panel discussion

18–22 September 2023

Showings and tickets

Monday, 18/09

Sentralen (Vinterhagen)

Tuesday, 19/09

Sentralen (Vinterhagen)

Wednesday, 20/09

Sentralen (Vinterhagen)

Thursday, 21/09

Sentralen (Vinterhagen)

Friday, 22/09

Sentralen (Vinterhagen)

This year we’re introducing a brand new feature to our Ultima programme: Ultima Listener!

We are handing over the floor to our audience, putting out a call and and handpicking 10 Ultima Listeners. These Ultima Listeners will share their thoughts and experiences of the music and the festival with composer/producer/radio podcaster Solveig Sørbø. These conversations will be open and informal, with free coffee and cakes.

Every day Solveig invites ‘guest listeners’ to the conversation. These guests are either people connected to the festival or who work with or are researching something music related. The guest listeners will enrich the conversations with their various different skills and knowledge.

Presented daily from 18–22 September.

NB: The conversations will be in English.

Solveig Sørbø:

Composer, musician and radio host. She works with chamber music, opera and alternative pop, and as a radio presenter she appears on radiOrakel and her own Solveig’s Speisa Musikk podcast. Solveig is also one of the initatiors behind UiO's MusicLab.

This year’s Ultima Listeners:

Audun Strype

Sound technician/music producer from Oslo, born 1959. Has been involved in many cool music projects, including Ultima concert mixing and album recording sessions with newly written music. As well as masses of improv, jazz, rock and acoustic folk music.

Hsiang-Yin Hsiao

Freelance violinist based in Oslo. As a musician she is always curious about contemporary music’s power to create change in society.

Ada Helen

22 years old, taking an MA in musical science at UiO.

Olga Yun-Han Hung

Born in Taipei, Taiwan. Freelance pianist based in Norway, focusing on Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata. Has also started researching into contemporary music.

Louise N Røsland

22 years old, grew up in Bergen, currently studying musical theatre at Høyskolen Kristiania. As well s that she plays clarinet and has a close relationship with classical music. Apart from that she has always been fascinated by electronic and rhythm based music.

María Elena Martín Rosas

Originally from Malaga. Enjoys singing and hiphop-dancing in her living room. She loves numbers almost as much as letters and can never get enough of music.

Anders Engebretsen

Works as an independent dance artist, both practically and creatively. After a higher education in England, he has toured locally and internationally performing both his own and others’ work.

Hallvar Stenseth

40 years old aspiring culture vulture whose interest outweighs his knowledge of music. Lives in Tøyen with his girlfriend and three year old daughter and loves taking advantage of all the city’s arts opportunities.

Katherine Hsu

Katherine Hsu is a pianist and improviser who recently finished her MA from Norges Musikkhøgskole. She is also a member of Pointrio-an interdisciplinary group feature with dance, music and theater.

Solveig Sørbø. Photo: Anders Leines.

Audun Strype.

Hsing-Yin Hsiao.

Ada Helen.

Olga Yun-Han Hung.

Louise N Røsland.

Jelen Maria Elena.

Anders Engebretsen. Photo: Hanne Nygaard.

Hallvar Stenseth.

Katherine Hsu.


Solveig Sørbø

Ultima Listeners

Audun Strype, Hsiang-Yin Hsiao, Ada Helen, Olga Yun-Han Hung, Louise N Røsland, Jelen Maria Elena, Anders Engebretsen, Hallvar Stenseth, Katherine Hsu

Guest Listeners

Rune Rebne, Remy Martin, Agata Żelechowska, Dana Swarbrick , Tejaswinee Kelkar

In collaboration with

Dansens Hus   Oslo-filharmonien   Den Norske Opera & Ballett   Black Box teater   Riksscenen   Nasjonal Jazzscene   MUNCH

Supported by