s Grieg in Bergen Festival 2020 | Sunday 9th August - Grieg and German Influence - Elizaveta Agrafenia, sopran -Tor Erik Seime Pettersen, piano
 Grieg and the Influence of German Composers - Elizaveta Agrafenina, sopran
Tor Erik Seime Pettersen, piano - Grieg in bergen 2020
Sun 9. August at 9 pm

Our great national composer stayed in Germany during his studies and also later. This concert aims to feature which impact German composers and poets had on Grieg`s own works.

Neue Liebe (Heinrich Heine), from Op 19a

R. SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Widmung (Friedrich Rückert)
From "Hebräischen Gesängen" (Karl Julius Körner)
From Myrthen, Op 25

E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
From 4 humoresker Op 6 No 4

C. SCHUMANN (1819-1896)
Lorelei (Heinrisch Heine)

J. BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Meine Liebe ist Grün (Felix Schumann)
From Junge Lieder I, Op 63

W.A. MOZART (1756-1791)
"Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen", from Zaide

L.v. BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
"O wär ich schon mit dir verreint", from Fidelio
From Goethes Faust, Op 75
Piano Sonata Op 2/3 in C Major, 1. mov

E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
Six Songs Op 48:
Gedanke Mein
Laud der Welt
Die verschwiegene Nactigall
Zur Rosenzeit
Ein Traum

The Russian-Norwegian soprano, ELIZAVETA AGRAFENINA is finishing her Masters in classical singing at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Sasja Hunnego. She has previously studied with Monica Groop at the Sibelius Academy...in Finland and with Neil Mackie at the University of Agder in Norway.

Elizaveta is a part of the Young Artist Program at Bergen National Opera in Norway and took previously a year course at the Dutch National Opera Academy. For the season of 2019/2020, Elizaveta sung in Werther by Massenet at the Bergen National Opera in Norway and in several productions at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart.

Elizaveta is strongly committed to the performance of lied and chamber music and has given recitals in various halls in The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy and Indonesia together with pianists such as Kiril Kozlovsky, Satomi Chihara, Mariam Khataryan, Stephen Higgins, Jaap Kooi and Frans van Ruth. She is quickly becoming recognized for her musical versatility in a wide-ranging repertoire that spans the Baroque period through 21st century contemporary music. She has recently performed Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Shostakovitch’s From Jewish Folk Poetry and Six Songs by Alexander Blok op. 127 and Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 by Villa-Lobos with 8 Cellos lead by Jelena Ocic.

Elizaveta was granted a scholarship to study Italian language in Italy in 2018 and received an honorary music award from Norway in 2017. She formed DUO21 with Satomi Chihara in 2017 as well as the Finnish Chamber music festival Pyhäjärven Kamarimusiikki with Siiri Niittymaa where the goal is to perform more music by Female Composers.

She has followed masterclasses with Nelly Miricioiou (UK), Sir Thomas Allen (UK), Ira Siff (US), Margreet Honig (NL), Jeff Cohen (FR), Jeanette Favaro-Reuter (GER), Júlia Pászthy (HUN) and she has worked with conductors such as Matthew Rowe (NL), Thierry Fischer (CH), Frédéric Chaslin (FR), Masaaki Suzuki (JAP), Magnus Loddgard (NO), Peter Szilvay (NO), Wim Dijkstra (NL) and Ed Spanjaard (NL).

TOR ERIK SEIME PETTERSEN studied at the University of Stavanger, and the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, with the pianists Audun Kayser, Håkon Austbø and Staffan Scheja among his teachers.

Pettersen is regularly performing as a soloist and chamber musician, and he is also in great demand as an accompanist, with regular engagements for conservatories, music schools and orchestras throughout southern Norway. He has given solo performances with several orchestras and wind bands, including Khatchaturian's piano concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Grieg's piano concerto on several occasions. As a chamber musician, Pettersen has performed throughout Europe and in the USA, including concerts in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, The Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Macedonia and Kosovo. He is also a frequently appearing artist at the Bergen International Festival, the Grieg in Bergen festival and the Church Music Festival in Kristiansand, and he has regular engagements as a pianist for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, and Bergen National Opera. Pettersen is presently working as an accompanist, piano teacher and freelance pianist in the Bergen area.

Pettersen has several times been a prize-winner at the National Youth Piano Competition in Norway. Owing to a special interest in early performance practice and the composers of the classical era, he has also taken classes on the fortepiano, and he is currently working on a long-term project studying the complete cycle of piano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven.

Concert Info
Elizaveta Agrafenina, soprano
Tor Erik Seime Pettersen, piano

Sunday 9th of August
at 9 pm

Ticket Info
Student NOK 235
Child NOK 195
Bergen Card 235
BT Card 235

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