Ragnhild Hemsing - NOSPR
Ragnhild HemsingHardanger 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.
At only 14 years of age, she made her debut performing the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 with both, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 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. Her most notable contemporary collaboration is her work with the 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 Suite for Chandos with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Neeme Järvi received outstanding critical acclaim. Neeme Järvi subsequently invited her to debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Debuts over the past years include a.o. the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Gothenburg Symphony, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, the Beethovenfest Bonn, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (Santtu-Matias Rouvali), the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Kristjan Järvi), the Risør Chamber Music Festival, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Schwetzingen Festival and the Tonhalle Zürich.
In the 2021/2022 season, Ragnhild Hemsing will play at the Stavanger Chamber Music Festival, at the Operahuset Nordfjord, and the KODE Art Museums of Bergen in her home country. She will play with cellist Andreas Brantelid and pianist Tor Espen Aspaas, among others. At the Peer Gynt Festival, a documentary about her new CD project is being produced: a recording of 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 in May 2021 at the Bergen International Festival and will be released in spring 2022 on the label Berlin Classics.
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 Mariinsky Theatre, the Bashmet Festival in Omsk, the Moravian Autumn in Brno, and at Trondheim celebrating the Trondheim Soloists’ 25th anniversary. Her recording Northern Timbre was released in 2017 on the 2L label together with pianist Tor Espen Aspaas with works from Grieg, Sibelius, and Nielsen.
Ragnhild Hemsing has given guest appearances at all major festivals in Norway, and she is a well-known artist on Norwegian radio and TV. Together with her sister, Eldbjørg Hemsing, she recorded a one-hour documentary on the life of the famous Norwegian violinist Ole Bull which received an EBU award. After her most successful debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn 2013, Ragnhild Hemsing was awarded the Beethoven Ring of the Citizens for Beethoven.
She is the artistic leader of the Hemsing Festival together with her sister Eldbjørg. The two sisters established the chamber music festival in 2013 which takes place in their hometown in Valdres every year.
Ragnhild Hemsing was born 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, followed by studies with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna. She plays on a Francesco Ruggeri violin (Cremona, 1694) kindly on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation.