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Ragnhild Hemsing

Music / Classical / Norway

Presented by: OPUS KLASSIK

OPUS KLASSIK WINNER 2021

Violinist and Hardanger fiddle player Ragnhild Hemsing combines the rich musical tradition of her home country Norway with classical music in a completely new, unique way. In her concerts, she presents an extensive repertoire on both instruments. She easily switches from violin to fiddle and back on stage, demonstrating her impressive technical and musical versatility. Ragnhild Hemsing studied at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo and with Prof. Boris Kuschnir in Vienna.

In the 2021/22 season, Ragnhild Hemsing will be a guest with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Musiksommer and the Staatskapelle Weimar, among others. At the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival she will play as part of a project by Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Her OPUS Klassik award-winning album Røta (= roots), featuring works by classical Norwegian composers and traditional folk music on violin and Hardanger fiddle, received glowing reviews. "Almost too good to be true," wrote journalist Stephan Bartels.

Ragnhild Hemsing plays on a violin by Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona, 1694) and a Hardanger fiddle previously played by the violinist and composer Ole Bull (1810-1880), the "Paganini of the North", both generously loaned by the Dextra Musica Foundation.

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