Residencies stimulate creative and mutual exchange between artists.
Pro Helvetia offers three months’ studio residencies and research residencies where artists are encouraged to develop their practice in a climate of cultural diversity.
Switzerland-based cellist Karolina Öhman will be on a three-month studio residency in India. From November 2019 to January 2020, she will be in Varanasi at the Alice Boner Institute in December, and at 1 Shanthi Road in Bengaluru. During her residency she aims to exchange ideas about culture, tradition and music, and particularly to study the string instruments used in different places in India.
Öhman performs internationally as a chamber musician, soloist and ensemble player, with a diverse repertoire, specializing in contemporary music. She has also premiered numerous solo, chamber music and ensemble works.
Karolina Öhman is a member of several contemporary music ensembles including Mondrian Ensemble Basel, ensemble neuverBand Basel, among others. She has won several awards including the 1st prize at the prestigious Concours Nicati 2013 in Bern, an interpretation prize from the 2010 “Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik” in Darmstadt, and the Domnick contemporary music “Förder-prize” for cellists in 2009.