LOUISE GORM, violin
Louise, our beloved 1st violinist, plays with a fiery and explorative intelligence— the same intelligence that landed her on a mountain in China for 4 months (learning Tai Chi and how to handle a sword!) and lead her across Mongolia on horseback.
Back home in her musical life, Louise explores new fields with her instrument, performing music of different genres with varying cultural origins.
In addition to playing in the Taïga String Quartet, Louise is a joyful member of the Aarhus-based baroque ensemble called Baroque Aros (where she enjoys the crispy sound of her baroque violin). She is also a passionate violin and chamber music teacher at Orkester Efterskolen in Western Denmark and has recently written music for an animated film by the French film maker, Rebecca Akoun.
Louise performed in concert venues across the world as a soloist, chamber musician and with different orchestras. She studied violin performance in Denmark, Germany and Sweden, performing Prokofiev’s 2nd violin concerto with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra for her Debut concert. In 2014/15, Louise ventured to Palestine to teach violin and chamber music for the Barenboim-Said Foundation. She also spent a few months in Tokyo, collaborating with composer Aya Yoshida to produce a chamber opera called Skyggen! Whew— what a full musical passport!
Needless to say, Louise is passionate about chamber music and has a unique creative vision.
She lives in both Denmark and Armenia with her husband Zhirayr and daughter Sonia.
JESSICA LING, violin
Jessica, our 2nd violinist and precision motivator, can do it all —from classical to contemporary, as a chamber or orchestral player.
Jessica moved to Frankfurt in 2015 to join the International Ensemble Modern Academy which inspired her to co-found the Mobile Beats Ensemble, comprised of 12 international musicians. On her path to become a contemporary music connoisseur, Jessica has performed in the Klangspuren Festival, Impuls Festival, Cresc Biennale, Witten Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Darmstadt Summer Sessions, Lucerne Festival Academy, Musikfest Berlin, Festival Mixtur, and Acht Brücken. She has also worked with notable composers including Beat Furrer, Hans Abrahamsen, Helmut Lachenmann, Michel van der Aa, Bernhard Gander, Heinz Holliger, and Enno Poppe.
In addition to contemporary music, Jessica plays a variety of other musical genres. Her orchestral experience includes performing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, Staaskapelle Halle, Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She was recently on a European tour for the Peaches’ show “There’s Only One Peach with the Hole in the Middle” and also plays in a tango duo in Berlin. Last summer, Jessica performed in the German musical “Vom Fischer und seiner Frau” at the Deutsches Theater München.
Jessica completed her Masters at Northwestern University with Almita Vamos as well as a specialized masters in contemporary music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Frankfurt am Main. She holds a Bachelors degree in business administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Jessica lives in Berlin when she is not traveling for work or pleasure and loves eating...which the rest of us truly relate to. She is also randomly good at singing about mundane things and we love it. This is all to say that Jessica gives us life!
MADLEN BRECKBILL, viola
Madlen, our violist and the tallest of us all, aims to live the musician life with focus and intention while leaving behind the feeling of stress. This is to say that Madlen incorporates a lot of thinking and observation into her life as a musician, in addition to the practicing, rehearsing and performing. Madlen brings good vibes, laughs, Rock'n Roll and a beeeeautiful sound to our ensemble and we are grateful for every second we get to spend with her in the rehearsal room, on stage and in restaurants.
Madlen spent her formative years in North America, studying violin with Prof. David Perry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before moving to Toronto Canada to study at the Glenn Gould School it Music (GGS). While at GGS, Madlen transitioned from studying violin with three fantastic teachers— Paul Kantor, Erica Raum, and Barry Shiffman— to studying viola and the art of being chill with the ever amazing Steven Dann.
As a youth, Madlen attended a different summer festival each year, learning from and playing with an inspiring mix of ensembles and musicians— the most recent including Ernst Kovacic, Henrik Brendstrup, Richard Lester and Vera Beths.
As a culmination of all these festival experiences, Madlen has started her own festival in small-town Stoughton, Wisconsin, called the Stoughton Chamber Music Festival. The festival brings together inspiring musicians from the area to rehearse and perform exciting programs, which Madlen has artfully and sometimes selfishly compiled herself (programming cohesively but also because she wants to play it).
Madlen competed in the Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition, winning 1st place in the ensemble division and 2nd place in the duo division. She has also soloed with the UW Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the UW concerto competition, performing the Barber Violin Concerto.
As an orchestral player, Madlen performed at the Blossom Center with the Cleveland Orchestra and was an academist with the Canadian Opera Company, taking part in Wagner’s Götterdämmerungen. Most recently, Madlen has completed an academy position with the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin. During her studies, Madlen served as Concertmaster, Principal 2nd and Principal Viola at different times for her school orchestras.
With her violin and viola, Madlen lives in Berlin where she enjoys reading, conversing or thinking at beautiful coffee shops and exploring the vegan restaurants of Berlin. In addition to the Taïga quartet, Madlen is a current chamber music fellow with Villa Musica in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
MARIA EDLUND, Cello
Maria, our visionary cellist, knows how to innovate and appreciate! Her love for new music of various genres has inspired her to engage as a soloist and chamber musician in collaborations with composers from around the world. The list is long, but includes the likes of Aya Yoshida and Britta Byström. Her inventive nature, matched with her love of genre variety, inspired the start of The House Festival - a concert series in Aarhus co-founded with Caecilie Balling and featuring fantastic artists the two have met along the way. Under this same umbrella, Maria has played with a variety of ensembles from all genres, including the Kasper Staub Trio, VETO, Christian Balvig Sextett, and I Think You’re Awesome.
Starting with a classical music foundation, Maria studied with professors Mats Rondin and Torleif Thedéen at the Malmö Academy of Music, and currently studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music Aarhus in the solo cello class of Henrik Brendstrup. As a soloist, she has performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Aarhus Amatørsymfoniorkester and Vivaldi’s Double Concerto with RAMA strings. Maria has many years of orchestral experience under her belt, playing with the Aarhus, Helsingborg, and Aalborg Symphony orchestras, as well as the Randers Kammerorkester. She is also a member of the Aarhus-based ensemble BaroqueAros and has a special love for the dancing and rhythmic aspects of baroque music.
Maria is one of the founding members of the Taiga String Quartet and is the genius initiator behind our current project, SEGÏA. In addition to engaging each composer for SEGÏA collaborations, she has also commissioned from Britta Byström a cello concerto—a composition that Maria is extremely excited about.
Maria resides with her husband Jens Mikkel in Berlin and Aarhus, Denmark, where she swims in the ocean year-round and enjoys time with her family and friends. It must be said that Maria has a special appreciation for bad photos of herself, passionate and creative people, and for all things delicious!