Cellist Birgitta Elisa Oftestad won the Virtuos 2018 competition show on NRK, the Norwegian state broadcaster. This concert is part of the prize.
Birgitta Elisa Oftestad, who turns 16 in May, put on an impressive display with her performance of the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor together with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra during the final of Virtuos, the NRK talent show for young classical musicians. The competition has run biennially since 2006, and is open for musicians 19 years or younger. Previous winners include Sonoko Miriam Welde, Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, Guro Kleiven Hagen, Eldbjørg Hemsing, and Tine Thing Helseth, who will all be performing during this year’s Bergen International Festival.
The winner also receives The Norwegian Soloist Prize of 100.000 Norwegian kroner, and gets their own concert during the Bergen International Festival. She will also represent Norway in the international Eurovision Young Musicians competition in Edinburgh in August this year.
In the Virtuos final, jury leader Arild Erikstad emphasized the way Oftestad cooperated with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, as well as the vulnerability and maturity in her playing.
Oftestad has played the cello since she was five years old, and has performed at festivals like the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Vestfold International Festival, Kaunas Festival in Lithuania, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in the United States. She has won several first prizes, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She has studied under Norwegian cellists Tove Sinding-Larsen, Truls Mørk and Ole Eirik Ree, all of whom teach at the Barrat Due Institute of Music.
The young cellist performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2016 together with the DaNiBi Trio, together with Daniel Ivanov and Nikita Khnykin. The latter was also a finalist in this year’s Virtuos competition. DaNiBi Trio was a part of Crescendo, a mentor programme for young musicians.
The pianist is Russian Natallia Papova, who has appeared both at a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals in Norway, France, Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland, Austria, China and the USA. She is currently working as pianist and accompanist at the Barratt Due Institute of Music.
Birgitta Elisa Oftestad cello
Natallia Papova piano
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856) Adagio and Allegro, op. 70
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Cello sonata no. 3 in A major, op. 69
ERNEST BLOCH (1880–1959) From Jewish Life
DAVID POPPER (1843–1913) Elfentanz, op. 39
Photo: Henning Gulli/NRK
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- Last Updated: 05/08/2018
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Winner of Virtuos: Birgitta Elisa Oftestad
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