Eldbjørg Hemsing

When engaging with the non-traditional audiences, should we address them with the ´light´ well known repertoire or unveil them an unknown piece?

In 2018, one of the most exciting Norwegian violinists of younger generation Eldbjørg Hemsing will be premiering a new documentary about the forgotten violin concerto by the Norwegian composer Hjalmar Borgstrøm. The violin concert, finished in 1914 has despite the quality yet to be introduced to the audiences. Borgstrøm is a late romantic composer and has worked actively until his death in 1925.

Eldbjørg Hemsing represents the new generation of musicians, who is eager to explore the new ways to connect with audiences – both existing and the new. During the conference, Eldbjørg will share her inspiring vision of the future of classical music.

Since her debut performance for the Norwegian Royal Family at the age of 6 and the orchestra solo debut with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 11, she performed with leading orchestras worldwide. In 2014 Eldbjørg rediscovered Hjalmar Borgstrøm’s only and for over 100 years forgotten violin concerto. She made her debut recording with Wiener Symphoniker and conductor Olari Elts, where she recorded both Borgstrøm violin concerto and Shostakovich violin concerto no. 1. She also recorded an all-Czech album for BIS Records with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Buribayev. Both recordings are scheduled for a release in 2017/2018 season. 

Eldbjørg has developed a close collaboration with the renowned composer and conductor Tan Dun. She world-premiered his compositions Triple Ressurrection (with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra), The Love violin concerto (with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra) and The Fire Rituals (with China National Traditional Orchestra).