A champion of Norway’s rich musical tradition, Eldbjørg Hemsing has been performing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages since the age of 11, when she made her solo début with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Her violin playing represents a unique blend of classic Viennese sound, drawn from her lessons with Boris Kuschnir; a contemporary sensibility absorbed through numerous projects with the Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun; and a deep affinity with her Scandinavian heritage that she proudly showcases in every aspect of her active musical life.
Eldbjørg Hemsing’s star rose when she gave a globally televised performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo. A regular guest soloist with some of the world’s top ensembles, she is honoured to count the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra among her most active orchestral partners. She has appeared at the Bad Kissingen and AlpenKlassik festivals in Germany, Bellerive Festival in Switzerland, international chamber music festivals in Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen, and the Nordic Cool Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Praised for her ability to establish an authentic connection with music fans, Eldbjørg Hemsing has received the Audience Prize at the Verbier Festival, First Prize and Audience Prize in the Virtuosi Competition in Norway, and the Audience Prize in the Young Musicians 2008 with top votes from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The present recording is the first to be released as a part of an ongoing collaboration with BIS Records.
Eldbjørg Hemsing plays a 1754 G. B. Guadagnini violin on kind loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation. Her long-term artistic development is generously supported by Göhde Foundation.
For further information please visit Eldbjørg Hemsing's website.