Ragnhild Hemsing - Violin & hardanger fiddle

Ragnhild Hemsing
- Violin & hardanger fiddle
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The violinist and Hardanger fiddle player Ragnhild Hemsing has been deeply connected to the rich folk tradition of her home country Norway since she was a child. 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 music and classical performance in a entirely new fashion.

In the 2022/2023 season, the artist can be experienced with many exciting programmes in recital, with chamber music and as a soloist with orchestra:

In the summer of 2022, she will have her debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the MDR Musiksommer. She will also make her debut at the Kölner Philharmonie as well as with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, where she will open the season. On a tour of Germany with the Trondheim Soloists, she will present Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites and once again captivate audiences with Norwegian flair.

Finally, Ragnhild Hemsing will be heard again in the USA. She accepts the invitation of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and will perform together with her husband, the dancer and choreographer Hallgrim Hansegård, among others.

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BIOGRAPHY 2022/2023

"Ragnhild Hemsing's emotional resonance still resonates,
long after the music has ceased to be heard."
- Julian Haylock

Since her childhood, violinist and Hardanger fiddler Ragnhild Hemsing has been deeply connected to the rich folk tradition of her home country Norway. As a result, she is uniquely able to successfully combine the typical elements of Norwegian folk music and classical music in a youthful, fresh and completely new way.

Born in Valdres in 1988, Ragnhild Hemsing began playing the violin at the age of five and the traditional Hardanger fiddle shortly afterwards. Later she studied at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo and with Professor Boris Kuschnir in Vienna. At only 14 years old, Ragnhild made her debut with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Since then, she has built an international career and brought the Hardanger fiddle to prominence outside Norway.

Ragnhild Hemsing's extensive repertoire of classical solo works for violin and lesser-known, complex works for the fiddle make her one of the most versatile musicians of our time.

In the 2022/2023 season, the artist can be experienced with many exciting programmes in recital, with chamber music and as a soloist with orchestra:

In the summer of 2022, she will have her debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the MDR Musiksommer. She will also make her debut at the Kölner Philharmonie as well as with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, where she will open the season. On a tour of Germany with the Trondheim Soloists, she will present Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites and once again captivate audiences with Norwegian flair.

Finally, Ragnhild Hemsing will be heard again in the USA. She accepts the invitation of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and will perform together with her husband, the dancer and choreographer Hallgrim Hansegård, among others.

The renowned Weilburg Castle Concerts present the exceptional musician in two facets: chamber music and as a soloist with orchestra. Further (re)invitations will take her to the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the German baroque orchestra L'arte del Mondo, the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and back home to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK), the Trondheim Soloists, the Kristiansand Orchestra and the Barokkanerne (Norwegian Baroque Ensemble).

In recital with pianist Enrico Pace, Ragnhild Hemsing will make her debut in Paris at the Musée d'Orsay, and with her long-time chamber music friends Mario Häring (piano) and Benedict Kloeckner (violoncello) she will be heard in many places.

Her album Røta (= roots) with works by classical Norwegian composers and traditional folk music for violin and Hardanger fiddle received excellent reviews. "Almost too good to be true", is the verdict of journalist Stephan Bartels and Alain Steffen writes in pizzicato: "Ragnhild Hemsing plays all the pieces with much love and care, technically flawless, but always in the spirit of traditional Norwegian music. The purity of the music and the meditative power, the richness of colour and the sparse but warm soul images set in as if by themselves, offering the listener an intense and truly beautiful listening experience [...]."

Spring 2022 saw the release of her latest album, featuring Edvard Grieg's famous Peer Gynt Suite with the Trondheim Soloists. The newly commissioned arrangement for violin and Hardanger fiddle by Tormod Tvete Vik was premiered at the Bergen International Festival in May 2021 and was euphorically received by audiences and the press. On the digital platforms Spotify and Apple Music, the album turned out to be a great success with high streaming numbers.

In early 2023, Ragnhild Hemsing's fans can look forward to a special recording: together with Bergen Philharmonic, she has recorded Bruch's Violin Concerto and Tveitt's Concerto for Orchestra and Hardanger Fiddle No. 2.

Her recording of Halvorsen's Fossegrimen op. 21 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Neeme Järvi (Chandos label) received great acclaim from the international press. Since this recording, the two have enjoyed a close working relationship. Among other things, Neeme Järvi invited the young artist to make her debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in February 2012. Ragnhild Hemsing's albums Northern Timbre (label: 2L) and YR with Tor Espen Aspaas also met with a very positive response from the press and the public.

The duo's latest CD, Beethoven's Testaments (2L), received rave reviews. "Although Beethoven can be played in many ways, I simply have to say that this is exactly the way Beethoven should be played," wrote Magnus Andersson on musikkritikk.no.

Important debuts in recent years include concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the MRD Symphony Orchestra (under Kristjan Järvi), the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg, the Residence Orchestra The Hague, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (under Santtu-Matias Rouvali), the Belgian National Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Risør Chamber Music Festival and the Schwetzingen SWR Festival and the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Concert Hall.

After her successful debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn in 2013, Ragnhild Hemsing received the Beethoven Ring, which is awarded annually to a Beethovenfest artist by the association "Citizens for Beethoven". In 2018, she was appointed by the Art Council as a member of the expert group for "touring activities". Since 2021 she has been an advisor to the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Program for Culture.

In 2013, Ragnhild Hemsing founded the "Hemsing Festival" with her sister Eldbjørg Hemsing, which the two have been running together ever since. The chamber music festival takes place every year in February in their hometown Aurdal/Valdres. In 2021 the festival will be made up in October after being cancelled in February. For more information, see: www.hemsingfestival.com.

Ragnhild Hemsing plays on a violin built by Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona, 1694) and a Hardanger fiddle previously played by the violinist and composer Ole Bull (1810-1880), dubbed the "Paganini of the North", both generously loaned by the Dextra Musica Foundation.

 

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Hemsing Larsen Trio

Ragnhild Hemsing stellt die Hardangerfiedel vor

Ragnhild Hemsing - Halvorsen: Veslemøys Sang

Ragnhild Hemsing - Huldreslått frå Vang

O. Bull: "Polacca Guerriera"

Sibelius: Danses Champêtres - Anna Fedorova, Ragnhild Hemsing

Svendsen: Romance - Anna Fedorova, Ragnhild Hemsing

Piazzolla: De vier jaargetijden - Anna Fedorova, Ragnhild Hemsing, Benedict Kloeckner

Violin Concertos

Top priority:

Tubin, Eduard: Violin Concerto No. 1
Sibelius, Jean: Violin Concerto in D Minor, op. 47
Bruch, Max: Violin Concerto No 1 in G Minor op. 26
Szymanowski, Karol: Concerto no. 2 , op. 61
Tveitt, Geirr: «Three Fjords», Hardanger fiddle Concerto No 2 Op 252

Berg, Alban: Violin Concerto
Bruch, Max: Violin Concerto No 1 in G Minor op. 26
Bruch, Max: Double Concerto for Violin / Clarinet and Viola (playing the viola) in E minor, Op 88
Brustad, Bjarne: Violin Concerto no 1 (Norwegian)
Egge, Klaus: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 26 (1953) ( Norwegian)
Goldmark, Karl: Violin Concerto in A minor Op.​ ​28
Haydn, Joseph: Violin Concerto in A Major “Melker”
Lalo, Edouard: Symphonie Espagnole op. 21
Mendelssohn, Felix: Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64
Mendelssohn, Felix: Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra
Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in B Major, no 1
Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in A Major, no 5
Mozart, W. A.: Sinfonia Concertante in Es for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
Mozart, W. A. : Concertone in C Major for two Violins and Orchestra, KV 190
Nordheim, Arne: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Norwegian)
Prokofiev, Sergei: Violin Concerto no 2
Sibelius, Jean: Violin Concerto in D Minor, op. 47
Sæverud: Violin Concerto (Norwegian)
Szymanowski, Karol: Concerto no. 2 , op. 61
Tubin, Eduard: Violin Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35
Valen, Vartein: Violin Concerto (started)
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D Major
Vivaldi: Concerto in A Minor for two Violins and Orchestra, op. 3, no. 8

 

Hardanger fiddle concertos

Tveitt, Geirr: «Three Fjords», Hardanger fiddle Concerto No 2 Op 252 Tveitt, Geirr: Hardanger Fiddle Concerto No 1
Halvorsen, Johan: Fossegrimen Suite Op. 21

Soloist with Chamber Orchestra

Vivaldi: Four Seasons
Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major
Sparre Olsen, Carl Gustav: ”6 short pieces from Lom” for Violin and Orchestra Irgens-Jensen: «Altar» for Violin and String Orchestra
Kvandal: Fantasia for hardingfele og strykere, op. 82

Other repertoire for Violin and Orchestra

Borgstrøm, Hjalmar: Romance for Violin and Orchestra (dedicated to E. Ysaÿe) Bull, Ole: Polacca Guerriera and Sæterjentens Søndag
Halvorsen, Johan: Norwegian Dances No. 1 & 2
Irgens-Jensen: «Bols Vise» fra Driftekaren
Lie, Sigurd: “Huldra aa ́n Elland”, Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra (~8'30'') Sinding, Christian: Suite for Violin and Orchestra
Svendsen, Johan: Romance for Violin and Orchestra G major op. 26
Chausson, Ernest: Poeme, Op 25
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen Op. 20

Solo violin & Hardanger fiddle:

Achron, Joseph: Hebrew Melody

Bach: Solo Sonata no.1 in G Minor; Solo Partita no. 2 in D minor; Solo Partita no. 3 in E major; Solo Sonata no. 2 in A minor; Double Concerto for Two Violins

Other repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, no. 1, op 12 Beethoven: Sonata no 8 in G Major, op 30

Bolcom, William: Graceful Goast (1979)

Boulanger, Lilli: Nocturne

Borgström, Hjalmar: Romance for Violin and Orchestra (dedicated to E. Ysaÿe)

Bruch, Max: Violin Concerto in G Minor op. 26
Double Concerto for Violin / Clarinet and Viola (playing the viola) in E minor, Op 88

Brustad, Bjarne: “Eventyrsuiten” for solo violin

Bull, Ole: Polacca Guerriera ”I ensomme stunde” ”Seterjentens søndag”

Chausson, Ernest: Poeme, op. 25

Debussy, Claude: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1917)

Elgar, Edward: Salut d’ Amour Op. 12

Franck, César: Sonata in A Major

Grieg, Edvard: Violin Sonata in F Major, op. 8 Violin Sonata in G Major, op 13 Violin Sonata in C minor, op 4 No 3

Haydn, Joseph: Violin Concerto in A Major “Melker”

Halvorsen, Johan: Norwegian Dances 1 and 2, Gavotte

Halvorsen, Johan: Fossegrimen Suite Op. 21 for Hardanger fiddle and orchestra Veslemøy ́s Son;Hardanger fiddle,​ traditional tunes from Valdres and the region around Hubay, Jenö; Bolero Op. 51, No. 3

Honegger, Arthur: Sonatina for two violins, H. 29

Irgens-Jensen, Ludvig (Norwegian): Sonata for Violin and Piano

Kocian, Jaroslav: Intermezzo Pittoresque op. 18, no 2

Kodály, Zoltán: Duo for violin and violoncello, op.7

Kreisler, Fritz: Recitativo and Scherzo (solo) Rondino; Caprice Vennoice, op 2; Preludium and Allegro

Kroll, William: Banjo and fiddle

Kubelik, Jan: Menuett

Kvam, Oddvar S: 13, op. 115 (written for Ragnhild)

Kvandal, Johan: Quintet for Hardanger fiddle and string quartet Op. 50

Lie, Sigurd: “Huldra aa ́n Elland”, Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra (~8'30'')

Massenet​, ​Jules: Meditation from Thais

Mendelssohn, Felix: Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64; Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra

Monti, V.: Czardas

Mozart, W. A.:

Violin Concerto in B Flat Major, no 1
Violin Concerto in A Major, no 5
Duo for Violin and Viola in B Major, KV 524
Sinfonia Concertante in Es for Violin, Viola and Orchestra (30 Min) Concertone in C Major for two Violins and Orchestra, KV 190 (started)

Nielsen, Carl: Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 1 in A major op. 9

Nordheim, Arne: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1997)

Paganini, Niccolò: From 24 Caprices for solo violin

Piazzolla, Astor: Fra “Tangoen historie”

Ptasinský, J.: Tanecek (Little dance)

Prokofiev, Sergei: Violin Concerto no 2; Sonata for 2 violins, Op 56

Ravel, Maurice: Tzigane

Saint-Saëns, Charles Camille: Introduction and Rondo Caprisioso

Sarasate, Pablo de: Carmen Fantasy, op. 25; Zigeunerweisen; Introduction et Tarentella, op. 43

Schubert, Franz: Rondo Brillante, op. 70; Sonatine in A Minor Op. posth. 137 No. 2

Schumann, Robert: Sonata in A Minor, op. 105

Shostakovich, Dmitri: Drei Duette for two violins and piano

Sinding, Christian: Suite for Violin and Orchestra Waltz

Sibelius, Jean: Violin Concerto in D Minor, op. 47 Danses Champetres Op 106 for violin and piano

Sparre Olsen: Berceuse; 6 bygdeviser fra Lom

Strauss, Richard: Sonata in E flat Major, op. 18

Suk, Josef: Four pieces, op. 7, no. 1 Love Song

Svendsen, Johan: Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G Major, op. 26

Spohr, Luis: Duo for two violins in D Major Op 67 No 1 and No 2

Sæverud, Harald: Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky, Peter: Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35

Telemann​: Solo Fantasie no.4

Tveitt, Geirr: “Three fjords”, Violin Concerto no 2 for Hardanger fiddle and Orchestra, op 252 Hardanger fiddle concerto No 1

Thoresen, Lasse: Yr, for solo violin; “Sprang”, for two violins and string orchestra. ​Written for Eldbjørg, Ragnhild and the Trondheim Soloists

Vivaldi:

Violin Concerto in D Major
Violin Concerto in A Minor
Concerto in A Minor for two Violins and Orchestra, op. 3, no. 8 The Four Seasons

Wieniawski, Henri:

Kuyawiak
Legende
Polonaise in D Major
Scherzo Tarantella (also arr for two violins and orchestra) Études-Caprices, op. 18

Ysäye, A.: Solo Sonata no. 3, op 27, “Ballade”

PEER GYNT

Together with the Trondheim Soloists.
Various pieces by Edvard Grieg from the play Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. Arranged for violin and Hardanger fiddle by Tormod Tvete Vik.

Label: Berlin Classics
LC: 06203
Distribution: Edel
EAN: 0885470026466
Release: 25.02.2022


RØTA

With works by: Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935), Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759), Ole Bull (1810-1880), Johan Svendsen (1840-1911)
Contributors: Ragnhild Hemsing, Mario Häring, Benedict Kloeckner
 

Label: Berlin Classics
LC: 06203
Distribution: Edel
Release: 05.02.2021


Northern Timbre

Works by Grieg, Sibelius und Nielsen

Ragnhild Hemsing, violin
Tor Espen Aspaas, piano

Label: 2L
LC: 27917
Distribution: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH
EAN: 7041888522928
Release: 30.06.2017


Johan Halvorsen: Orchesterwerke Vol.1-4

Works by Johan Halvorsen

Ragnhild Hemsing, Hardanger fiddle
Marianne Thorsen, piano

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

Label: Chandos
LC: 07038
Distribution: note 1 music gmbh
EAN: 0095115183427
Release: 03.10.2014


YR

Works by Olsen, Grieg, Thoresen / Traditional tunes

Ragnhild Hemsing, violin
Tor Espen Aspaas, piano

Label: Simax
LC: 05789
Distribution: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH
EAN: 7033662013159
Release: 17.10.2011


Johan Halvorsen: Orchesterwerke, Vol. 3

Works by Johan Halvorsen

Ragnhild Hemsing, Hardanger fiddle
Marianne Thorsen, violin

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

Label: Chandos
LC: 07038
Distribution: note 1 music gmbh
EAN: 0095115166420
Release: 15.04.2011