The cellist Karolina Öhman performs internationally as a chamber musician, soloist and ensemble player, and is especially passionate about contemporary music. She wishes to bring her audiences new experiences in music of this genre, and has premiered numerous solo and chamber music works. Karolina has performed cello concertos by Henri Dutilleux, Luciano Berio and Dieter Ammann among others, with orchestras such as the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Namascae. She is a member of several contemporary music ensembles, including NeuverBand (Basel), Curious Chamber Players (Stockholm) and Scenatet (Copenhagen). She has also appeared as a guest with ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporaine (Paris), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel) and Collegium Novum (Zürich).
Karolina studied with Thomas Grossenbacher, Thomas Demenga and Torleif Thedéen, and graduated with both a soloist diploma and a specialised masters in contemporary music. She also received significant input from musicians such as Mike Svoboda, Martina Schucan and Frans Helmerson.
Karolina has won several awards including first prize at the 2013 Nicati competition for contemporary music, an interpretation prize from the 2010 “Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik” in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Domnick contemporary music “Förder-prize” for cellists. She has received scholarships from foundations in both Sweden and Switzerland, including the Järnåkers Scholarship, Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation, Stiftung Lyra and Ernst Göhner Stiftung and in 2010 she became a beneficiary of the Concert Promotion Migros in Zürich.