VIOLIN

ELDBJØRG HEMSING

Violin

“Such a beautiful sound! Eldbjørg is an excellent player, really excellent musical instincts” - Pinchas Zukerman.

A champion of Norway’s rich musical tradition, Eldbjørg Hemsing has been performing on some of the World’s most prestigous stages since the age of 11, when she made her solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Her violin playing represents a unique blend of classic Viennese sound, which she perfected while studying with Boris Kuschnir; a contemporary sensibility absorbed through numerous projects with living composers including Tan Dun; and a deep affinity with her Scandinavian heritage that she proudly showcases in every aspect of her active musical life.

In March 2018, Eldbjørg Hemsing released her debut CD with the Swedish label BIS, with violin concertos by Hjalmar Borgström and Dmitrij Sjostakovitsj, recorded with the Wiener Symphoniker and Olari Elts. In the fall of 2018, Hemsing released her second CD. This is a recording of Drořáks violin concerto and Suk's “Fantasy” and “Love Song”, recorded with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Alan Buribayev. 

Hemsing will also feature in an upcoming documentary made by David Donnelly, in which he will put the spotlight on female artists. This program is following the success made by NRK in 2010, where Eldbjørg Hemsing and her sister Ragnhild searched for information about the life of the legendary Norwegian violinist, Ole Bull. 

Eldbjørg plays a GB Guadagnini violin from 1754, kindly on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation. Her long-term artistic development is generously supported by Göhde Foundation.

RAGNHILD HEMSING

Violin

Ragnhild Hemsing stands out amongst the rising stars in Norway as a remarkably poised artist.

Her unique upbringing, deeply immersed in the rich folk music traditions of Norway enables her to be one of the first artists to successfully merge the instantly identifiable characteristics of Norwegian folk and classical performance, in a young, fresh and entirely contemporary fashion.

At only 14 years of age, Ragnhild made her debut performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with both the Bergen Philharmonic and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has performed with all major Norwegian orchestras. She supplements her large repertoire of standard solo classical works for violin with more unusual and complex works written for the Hardanger Fiddle.

Ragnhild’s most notable contemporary collaboration is her work with the Norwegian coreographer Hallgrim Hansegård. Both have performed ‘YR’, by Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen throughout Norway, and she has recorded this work for her solo debut-CD on the Simax label. She has performed the world premiere of Lasse Thoresen’s ‘Sprang’, together with her sister Eldbjørg and the Trondheim Soloists, at the Bergen International Festival, with further performances at St. Petersburg’s Marinsky Concert Hall, the Bashmet Festival in Omsk, the Moravian Autumn in Bmo, and in Trondheim, celebrating the Trondheim Soloist’s 25th aniversary.

Ragnhild’s newest recording ‘Northern Timbre’ was released in 2017 on 2L label, together with pianist Tor Espen Aspaas, with works from Grieg, Sibelius and Nielsen.

Ragnhild has given guest appearances at all major festivals of Norway, and she is a well known artist on Norwegian radio and TV. After her most successful debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn 2013, Ragnhild Hemsing was awarded the Beethoven-Ring of the “Citizens for Beethoven”. She is also the founder of this festival.

Ragnhild plays a Francesco Ruggeri Violin (Cremona, 1694), kindly on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation.

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