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Grieg in Bergen - Håkonshallen - CATHARINA & SARA CHEN, VIOLINS - OLE CHR HAAGENRUD, PIANO

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A greater firework of a program would be difficult to find...

Program
Tradition: Norwegian Halling
Sergej Prokofiev (1891–1953):
Sonata for two violins op. 56

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Apres un reves Op.7

Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Flight of the Bumble Bee

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Tzigane

Astor Piazzolla (1921- 1992):
Libertango

Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948):
Estrellita

Fryderk Chopin (1810 - 1849):
Waltz Brilliante in A flat Major, op 35

Dimitrij Sjostakovitsj: (1906-1975)
5 Pieces for two violins,
Arranged by Lewon Atovmyan

(Dance of the Milkmaid and the Tractor Driver, fra balletten The Limpid Stream)

Arvo Pärt (1935- )
Excerpts from Fratres

J.S.Bach (1685-1750)
Partita no. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1. Preludio

Eguene Ysaye (1858-1931 )
Sonata no.2 in A minor: Obsession, Prélude, Poco vivace

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
From the F-A-E sonata: Scherzo

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
Navarra Op.33

Ole Bull (1810-1880)
Sæterjentens Søndag
Andante Maestoso

Georg Gershwin (1898-1937)
Arr. Jascha Heifetz
From Porgy and Bess:
Summertime and A Woman Is a Sometime Thing

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Folkelivsbilder Op 19 No.3 Karneval

William Kroll (1901-1980)
Banjo & Fiddle

Johan Halvorsen (1864 - 1935)
Norwegian dance No.1

CATHARINA CHEN is considered to be one of Norway's leading classical musicians, and has been employed as 1st concertmaster in the Opera Orchestra at Den Norske Opera & Ballett since 2012. Catharina is a versatile musician who loves variety in her profession.

Catharina started playing the violin at the age of five with her father, and since the age of eight has had solo assignments with several symphony orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, DNO&B Opera Orchestra, Kringkastingsorkestret, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, ZKO-Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Beverly Hills Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed as a soloist on stages such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum Grosse Hall in Salzburg, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Catharina has also been a guest on several TV and radio programmes, including as a jury member for the NRK program "Virtuos" in 2022, and other programs such as Kjempesjansen, Lindmo and Kvelden før Kvelden.

Between 1993-2004 she studied at Barratt Due's Music Institute with Alf Richard Kraggerud and Stephan Barratt-Due. From 2005-2009 she studied with Professor Eduard Schmieder at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Temple University in Philadelphia, where she completed her Artist Diploma and Master's degree.

In autumn 2021, she performed Thomas Adés' violin concerto, Concentric Paths, together with the Opera Orchestra. A few months later, she gave her first Ted Talk about inspiration. In December 2021, she received an honorable assignment where she performed during the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony together with Håvard Gimse, and received a new invitation the following year where she also performed with Astrid S. The same week, she played for Hillary Clinton during a private event.

In 2023, Catharina became a part of the Artistic board of Nesset Musikkfest.

In addition to her position as 1st concertmaster in the Opera Orchestra, she is part of the new "Musician Collective" of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (founded in 2020) and "Creative Talent" in The Global Ensemble.

Catharina Chen plays an Antoni Stradivari "Emiliani, Da Russo" (Cremona, 1723), lent by the Leif Høegh 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 CHR HAAGENRUD (born 1989) is one of the most sought after young pianists in Norway. He earned his Artist Diploma from the Norwegian Academy of Music under professors Jens Harald Bratlie and Håvard Gimse. In 2014, the year of his debut concert in the University Aula in Oslo, he was awarded the prestigious Robert Levin Festival Prize. In 2017 he gained a place in ArtEx, a cross-genre programme established by Talent Norge and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB focusing on developing careers and artistic integrity. Ole Christian is a critically acclaimed chamber musician and accompanist, and he regularly performs at major festivals in Norway and abroad. He has already received numerous awards. Among highlights of his career so far are solo performances with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared at at prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Vienna Musikverein, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Shaai Concert Hall.

Last Updated: 04/12/2024

Source: Visit Bergen

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