Øyvind Gimse Cellist
Holding the position of Artistic Director of the Trondheim Soloists since 2002, Øyvind Gimse has developed the orchestra into being one of the most distinguished ensembles in Scandinavia and has won international recognition for its distinctively open and clear orchestral sound, described by the British music magazine Classic FM as "The Trondheim Sound". His recordings with the Trondheim Soloists have received seven Grammy nominations and won two Norwegian Grammys, and he has toured from Japan to South America with the ensemble.
As a soloist or orchestral guest leader, Gimse has visited Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and in particular Spain. Gimse is regularly visiting all of the Norwegian chamber music festivals and has performed with musicians such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Anthony Marwood, Nobuko Imai and Bobby McFerrin. His dedication to contemporary music has allowed him to cooperate with composers like Sofia Gubaidolina, George Crumb and Bent Sorensen. Gimse is also an internationally recognized professor, taking workshops and masterclasses throughout Europe. The development of musical talent and the fostering of an enduring musical environment in Norway constitutes a vital part of his work. He is a member of the mentor programme Konstknekt, a cooperation between the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra and the chamber music festival"Vinterfestspill" in Røros.
Gimse plays a Francesco Goffriller (1730) owned by the Sparebankstiftelsen/ Dextra Musica in Oslo, an instrument formerly played by the legendary cellist Jacqueline du Pré.
Gjermund Larsen Violinist
As a respected Norwegian folk artist, the composer and fiddler Gjermund Larsen has developed a unique blend of easy-going and charming stage presence with an infectious energy.
It didn´t take long for this distinctive artist to find his way to a collaboration with another of Norway´s most innovative artists, the Trondheim Soloists. Their first recording together in 2011 garnered interest at the highest level, with a Grammy nomination. In this new project, Trønderbarokk, Larsen has taken the concept even deeper with two musical works entitled Osa and Førde Suites for double violin solo and string orchestra. These pieces beautifully illustrate the connection that lies between the energetic sound-world of modern folk with the string music of the baroque age.
"This is folk music with elements from the baroque period. Although there are many similarities, this is a meeting of two very different music worlds,” says Gjermund Larsen and highlights the unique partnership with the Trondheim Soloists that allows Larsen and his brother Einar Olav Larsen to cross these musical worlds seamlessly within the pieces.
Víkingur Ólafsson Pianist
Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has won all the major prizes in his native country, including four Musician of the Year prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards as well as The Icelandic Optimism Prize.
Víkingur’s 2016/17 season includes performances of Haukur Tómasson’s new piano concerto with NDR Elbphilhamonie Orchester (world premiere) and Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as concerts with Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Yan Pascal Tortelier) and MDR Sinfonieorchester (Kristjan Järvi). Since February 2016, he has taken over from Martin Fröst as Artistic Director of Vinterfest in Sweden while continuing in the same role for the award winning Reykjavík Midsummer Music, which he founded in 2012. In recital, he will make his debut at Wiener Konzerthaus and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg as well in Leipzig and at the Istanbul Music Festival.
Víkingur has premiered four piano concertos to date and worked with composers including Philip Glass, Mark Simpson and Daníel Bjarnason. He has collaborated with leading artists from diverse fields, such as Roman Signer, Lillevan and Yann Malka, and appeared at festivals such as Busoni and Transart (both in Bolzano), MITO SettembreMusica (Milano) and Nordic Cool (Washington DC). When it comes to his relationships with other musicians, Víkingur has worked with Martin Fröst, Sayaka Shoji, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Pekka Kuusisto and Björk.
Away from the concert stage, Víkingur is the driving force behind numerous innovative musical projects. Most recently the classical music television series, Útúrdúr (Out-of-tune), produced for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service in 2013-14, was broadcast to unanimous critical and public acclaim.
In 2009, Víkingur founded his own record label, Dirrindí, and has released three albums to date. The first two were solo discs: Debut, (showing “exceptional perception and depth of maturity,” said EPTA Journal) and Chopin-Bach (prompting Piano News Magazine to say “Immense talent … you must listen to this young pianist!”). His third album was a double CD/DVD release of Winterreise with bass Kristinn Sigmundsson, which won the Album of the Year award at the Icelandic Music Awards 2012. In 2015 Víkingur recorded solo works by Igor Stravinsky for Deutsche Grammophone's complete works edition of the composer.
Víkingur grew up in Iceland where he studied with Erla Stefánsdóttir and Peter Máté. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald.