Bente Hemsing graduated as an instrumentalist and violin teacher from Østlandets Musikkonservatorium in Oslo, alongside being an active folk musician from an early age. She has worked for many years as a performing artist in Valdres folkemusikkgruppe. With her special abilities for teaching, talent development and communicating the joys of music, is she a very sought-after pedagogue. She now works as the head of the culture school in Etnedal and as a freelance musician and teacher of the harding fiddle, violin and traditional song.
Hemsing has worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Company NRK, as an orchestra musician in professional symphony orchestra's, and she has toured with folk music programs for Rikskonsertane in both Norway and India. She was for a period a permanent violinist with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Baroque Orchestra.
She has taught in culture schools, high schools, at Baratt Due music institute and at Valdres Summer Symphony, at different orchestra and folk music seminars, and she has been a lecturer of traditional music at the college level. Hemsing also regularly serves as a judge in competitions on folk music and dance, and as a member of different juries for music scholarships.
Bente Hemsing has won a number of prizes, such as Andris Dahles Minnepris for harding fiddle (1998), and in 2004 she released the critically acclaimed CD Solé sprett, with folk music from Valdres, which she arranged herself. In 2014, she received Eckboes Legaters Kulturpris for her efforts as a cultural communicator at the Literary Festival in Lillehammer. In recent years, she has developed an active collaboration with Stein Villa. They have, amongst other things, toured with Den kulturelle skolesekken, Rikskonsertene in Oppland, and Den kulturelle spaserstokken.