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Violin / Hardanger Fiddle

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.

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 young Norwegian choreographer, 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. This CD as well as her recording of Halvorsen’s “Fossegrimen” op. 21 for Chandos with the Bergen Philharmonic and Neeme Järvi received outstanding critical acclaim. Neeme Järvi subsequently invited Ragnhild to debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in February 2012. Debuts in 2013 included a.o. the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. the Mariinsky Concert Hall, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Moravian Autumn in Brno, the Gothenburg Symphony, and the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover. 2014 has seen debuts with the Tampere Philharmonic, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and at the Tonhalle Zürich as well as returns to the Oslo Philharmonic and to the Bergen International Festiva. Debuts in 2015 include a.o. the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Fabrice Bollon, the National Orchestra of Belgium/Ion Marin and Düsseldorf Tonhalle/Düsseldorf Symphony with a "carte blanche" programme, and 2016 will see her debut at WDR Cologne and at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele.

At only 13 years of age Ragnhild made her debut with the Bergen Philharmonic where she performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. The following year she was invited to make her debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since then she has performed with all major Norwegian orchestras as well as with the Minnesota Orchestra (Andrew Litton), the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest The Hague (Santtu-Matias Rouvali),  the Nordic Symphony (Anu Tali), and the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra among others.

She has given guest appearences at all major festivals and concert halls across Norway including the Bergen International Festival, the Harstad, Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim Chamber Music Festivals, Northern Lights in Tromsø, Hardingtonar Festival and Førde International World Music Festival where she has been combining folk programmes with classical repertoire. She has further appeared at the Wigmore Hall and at the Cheltenham, Verbier, Bellerive and AlpenKlassik Festivals.

Ragnhild has been the recipient of many prizes, including First Prize and European Union Prize at the Kocian International Violin Competition. Following her debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn 2013, Ragnhild Hemsing was awarded the Beethoven Ring by the "Citizens for Beethoven".

She is a well known artist on Norwegian radio and TV. Together with her sister, Eldbjørg Hemsing she recorded a 60 minute documentary on the life of the famous Norwegian violinist Ole Bull which received an EBU award.

Ragnhild was born in 1988 into the heart of the Norwegian folk region, Valdres.  She began to play the violin at 5 years of age and continued her studies at the prestigious Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. Currently, she’s studying in Vienna with Prof. Boris Kuschnir. She plays on a Francesco Ruggeri Violin (Cremona, 1694) kindly on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015 11:09