MONDAY 5. & WEDNESDAY 7. AUGUST at 7.30 pm
Catharina Chen, violin
Sara Chen, violin
Ole Christian Haagenrud, piano

An Evening which has the most of what you would expect… A glimpse at the program clearly shows that these musicians know what they are doing! An extremely challenging program, which calls for the utmost in the performance. Norway has seen a remarkable new generation of young musicians on a top international level, and tonight’s performers are no exception.

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S. PROKOFJEV (1891-1953)
Sonata for two violins Op 56

G. FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Apres un reves Op 7

N. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)
Flight of the Bumble Bee

K. SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937)
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op 28

A. PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)

M.M. PONCE (1882-1948)

F. CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Waltz Brilliante in A flat Major, Op 35

D. SJOSTAKOVITSJ (1906-1975)
5 Pieces for two violins

A. PÄRT (1935-)
Excerpts from Fratres

J.S BACH (1685-1750)
Partita no. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

E. YSAYE (1858-1931)
Sonata No 2 in a minor

J. BRAHMS (1833-1897)
From the F-A-E sonata: Scherzo

P. SARASATE (1844-1908)
Navarra Op 33

O. BULL (1810-1880)
Sæterjentens Søndag
Andante Maestoso

E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
Folkelivsbilder Op 19 No 3 Karneval

W. KROLL (1901-1980)
Banjo & Fiddle

J. HALVORSEN (1864-1935)
Norwegian Dance No1

Violinist CATHARINA CHEN’s status as one of Norway’s most promising classical musicians and her appearances through Norwegian television and radio broadcast programs has made her well known in her home country. ... In 2012, Catharina was appointed as the youngest female 1.Concertmaster of The Norwegian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, winning 1st prize in consecutive national violin competitions and the youngest musician in Norway ever to be awarded the highly respected and prestigious Oslo City Artist Prize in 2004.

Norwegian-born Catharina Chen has soloed with many major orchestras since the age of 8. Highlights among her engagements include performances with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Tromso Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Camerata, ZKO-Zuricher Chamber Orchestra, I Palpiti Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Beverly Hills Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Slovenska Filharmonia.

As a soloist and recitalist, Catharina has appeared at concert venues such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Mozarteum Grosse Hall in Salzburg, Carnegie Hall in New York, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and performed at international festivals in Norway, Italy, China, Israel, Malaysia, USA, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Mexico, Brazil, Slovenia, Slovakia, New Mexico and South Africa. She is often invited as solo recitalist to concert series in Pennsylvania, New York and Los Angeles and becoming a highly attractive chambermusician and leader of chamber orchestras such as Oslo Camerata and The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

In September 2014, she was featured in OperaPOP on Ice Show sponsored by Intimissimi in Arena di Verona, Italy performing with Olympic medalists in figure skatering such as Carolina Costner, Stéphane Lambiel and Jeffrey Buttle under director Francisco Negrin.

Born in 1985, Catharina began to play the violin at the age of 5 with her father. She later studied with Alf Richard Kraggerud and Stephan Barratt-Due at the renowned Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo and Professor Eduard Schmieder at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Temple University in Philadelphia where she finished her Artist Diploma and Master Degree.

Catharina Chen plays a Jean Baptiste Vuilaumme (built in France in 1859) and a Antonio Stradivarius (Cremona, 1723), kindly lent by Hoegh Foundation.

SARA CHEN (born 1990) started her musical journey at the age of 5, taking piano lessons from Synøve Løchen, before following in her father’s and sister’s footsteps by learning to play the violin. Already at the age of 7, she performed as a soloist with the Bærum Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016, she finished her master’s degree in music performance at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts, under professor Christoph Poppen. During the years 2011-2014, she studied for her Perfomer’s Diploma at the renowned Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, under professor Mauricio Fuks. She has her bachelor’s degree from the Barratt Due Institute of Music, where she studied with professor Stephan Barratt-Due.

She is now based in Norway, working as a freelance musician for Concerts Norway, Oslo Camerata, and The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, as well as doing chamber music projects and soloist engagements. She has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristiansand and Tromsø Symphony Orchestras, Gjøvik and Romerike Symphony Orchestra, Barratt Due Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Symphony Orchestra. Together with her sister Catharina, she has performed at the Bergen International Festival, playing for the Norwegian king and queen, and giving four concerts to standing ovations and great critical acclaim. She has also performed as a soloist at festivals such as the Hardanger Music Festival, Lofoten Festival and iPalpiti in Los Angeles, to name but a few.

As a soloist, Sara won her first international prize at the age of 13: The Virtuoso Prize in the 3rd Gnessin International Competition in Moscow. Three years later she won 1st prize and the Special prize in the Remember Enescu International Competition in Romania. In Norway, she has won the 1st prize in the National Youth Competition, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has also won the Chamber music prize for Outstanding performance at the Summit Music Festival in New York, in addition to numerous prizes and scholarships.

She has also made herself renowned through numerous TV performances. Owing to her Chinese roots, she has been active in collaborations between Norway and China. Together with the flutist Steinar Ofsdal, she has given several concerts and tours in Norway, Singapore and China. In 2010, Sara and Catherina Chen premiered a symphonic poem for two violins, “The Moon”, written for them by the composer Martin Romberg, at the World Fair, Expo, in Shanghai, followed by a tour of China. After excellent reviews and public acclaim, they were reinvited to perform the work at the Spring Festival 2011 in Shanghai.

Sara is a well-traveled musician, with concerts and tours to for example Brazil and Spain with the Oslo Camerata, and to China, Slovenia, Slovakia, New York and Los Angeles as a soloist. She has formerly been a student of Anne-Berit Halvorsen and Alf Richard Kraggerud, and she has participated in master classes by several renowned national and international violinists.

OLE CHRISTIAN HAAGENRUD (born 1989) is considered one of Norway’s most promising young pianists. He recently completed the prestigious Artist Diploma at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, where professors Jens Harald Bratlie and Håvard Gimse were his teachers. He has now been accepted for Talent Norway’s prestigious ArtEx (Artist in Excellence) program, a mentoring and coaching program offered to newly graduated artists on the highest national and international level.

Ole Christian holds numerous prizes and awards from national and international music competitions. In 2008 he won the Norwegian Youth Music Championship, receiving the special award as Musician of the year. In 2014 he won the Robert Levin Festival Prize. Ole Christian has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, and many of his performances have been broadcast on national and international TV and radio.

Ole Christian is in high demand as a chamber musician and accompanist, having collaborated with musicians such as Lars Anders Tomter, Henning Kraggerud, and Arve Tellefsen. He is regularly performing at major festivals both in Norway and abroad. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has given concerts in Denmark, England, China, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and the USA. He has appeared at prestigious venues including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Brahms Saal in Musikverein (Vienna), JF Kennedy Center (Washington DC), The Great Guild Hall (Riga), Stephaniensaal (Graz), The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (Vilnius), The Slovenian Philharmonic Hall (Bratislava), Casa da Musica (Porto), The Grieg Hall (Bergen), The Norwegian Opera, and Oslo Concert Hall.

Concert Info
Catharina Chen, violin
Sara Chen, violin
Ole Christian Haagenrud, piano

Monday 5th &
Wednesday 7th of August
at 7.30 pm

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Ticket Info
Student NOK 230
Child NOK 230
Bergen Card 230
BT Card 230

2-course dinner COD - NOK 586
2-course dinner SALMON- NOK 596

NB! At Concert Day, Dine & Concert must be purchased BEFORE 12 AM.
Dine & Concert Menu
with fried fresh vegetables, grilled lime and lime Kesam
in creamy tomato sauce with baked plum tomatoes, small potatoes and fried kale mix
Chocolate mousse

Choose between cod or salmon, and dinner before or after concert.

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