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CONCERT DATE:
FRIDAY 21. JULY and
SATURDAY 22. JULY 2017

CONCERT START:
AT 7.30 PM

the SCENE:
KORSKIRKEN - THE CHURCH OF THE CROSS
- FREE SEATING

- ENTRANCE POSSIBLE 20 MIN. BEFORE CONCERT START

- DURATION APRX. 90 MIN

- INTERMISSION 15 MIN INCL.


- Yes, life is as strange as
folk songs. We don't know if
they were meant to be in major or minor key... Some of the melodies are exquisitely beautiful. At any rate I have written down chord progression that are outrageous. However,
in my defense I must say that they did not originate at the
piano, but in my mind.


(Grieg about his transcriptions of folk songs)

Grieg in Bergen 2017




AN EXCEPTIONAL TALENT

MIRIAM
HELMS ÅLIEN
VIOLIN

OLE CHRISTIAN
HAAGENRUD
PIANO

 

PROGRAM

R. SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Fantasiestücke Op 73

E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
Sonate for fiolin og klaver nr 2 i G-dur Op 13

A. LOURIÉ (1892-1966)
Phoenix park: Nocturne and Intermezzo (solo klaver)

E. ELGAR (1889-1920)
Sonate for fiolin og klaver Op 82

 

 


BIOGRAPHIES  

Praised for her "extraordinary musicality and "maturity beyond her years", MIRIAM HELMS ÅLIEN is one of the most exciting young artists to emerge from Norway in recent years. Born in Alta in Northern Norway, she started playing the violin when she was 6 ½ years old and has, since her solo debut at 8 years old, been a soloist with many of the professional Norwegian orchestras as well as with orchestras in Germany, Israel, Denmark, Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia. Recent seasons have included performances with orchestras like the Bergen Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, Israeli Netanya Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, Arkhangelsk Chamber Orchestra and the Oslo Camerata.

A dedicated and passionate chamber musician, Miriam has been invited to play at numerous
festivals, including the Bergen International Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Beethoven-Woche
Bonn, Verbier Festival & Academy, Kronberg “Chamber Music Connects the World” Festival
and OCM Prussia Cove, as well as the International Chamber Music Festivals in Oslo, Trondheim and Risør. Here she has worked closely with distinguished artists like András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Tabea Zimmermann, Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis and Dora Schwarzberg. Miriam has appeared in famous halls like Wigmore Hall and the Norwegian Opera House, and she is also a regular performer on international TV and radio broadcasts.

In 2012, Miriam won the prestigious Princess Astrid Music Prize. Earlier she has won first prize at the Kocian Violin Competition in the Czech Republic, the overall winner and recipient of the the Grand Prix Laureate, EMCY Prize and Bärenreiter Prize. She was awarded the Sparre Olsen Prize and Norwegian Music Publisher's Prize of Honour in 2009, and was named Norway’s "Young Musician of the Year 2010". Last year she was chosen by the Oslo Philharmonic as Norway’s representative for the Nordic Soloist Prize.

Miriam is currently studying as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy and at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich with Professor Ana Chumachenco. This study is funded by the Artmann/Rath-Stipendium. Previously she studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin and at the Barratt Due Institute for Music in Oslo. Her former teachers include Ulf Wallin, Stephan Barratt-Due, Alf Richard and Henning Kraggerud. Further inspiration has come from masterclasses with artists such as Ida Haendel, Sir Simon Rattle, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Christoph Eschenbach, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Miriam Fried, Mauricio Fuks and Dora Schwarzberg.

Miriam plays on a 1780 Guadagnini violin, generously on loan to her from a private donor.

 

OLE CHRISTIAN HAAGENRUD, PIANO (b. 1989) is regarded as one of the most promising young pianists from Norway. He recently finished his studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he had professor Jens Harald Bratlie and professor Håvard Gimse as his teachers.

Ole Christian has received several prizes and awards. In 2014 he was given the “Robert Levin Prize”. In 2008 he won the Norwegian Young Musician Competition and was awarded the prize “Musician of the Year”.

Ole Christian performs regularly with orchestras in Norway. He has appeared in piano concertos by Liszt, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky with professional orchestras such as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and The Norwegian Radio Orchestra on several occasions.

Ole Christian is a vivid chamber musician, and he regularly contributes to festivals in Norway and abroad. He has been playing with musicians such as Lars Anders Tomter, Henning Kraggerud and Arve Tellefsen.

Many of Ole Christian's concerts have been broadcast on both national and international television and radio. Solo and chamber music concerts have taken him to Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. He has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The J.F Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Stephaniensaal in Graz, The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius, Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, The Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, Casa da Musica in Porto, The Grieg Hall in Bergen, the main stage at The Opera House in Oslo and in Oslo Concert Hall.

Ole Christian has received master classes and worked with great pianists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Jiri Hlinka, Boris Berman, Mikhail Voskresensky, Stephen Kovacevich, Andras Schiff, Matti Raekallio, Liv Glaser, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Håkon Austbø, Gordon Back, Dr. Frank Heneghan, Nelita True, Bernd Goetzke and Ilya Scheps.





     
GRIEG IN BERGEN -17
19. JUNE - 26. AUGUST
10 WEEKS - 40 CONCERTS

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