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EARLIER EVENTS 2019 / 2020

mirijam CONTZEN violin // benedicte PALKO piano

philippe GRAFFIN violin // lars anders TOMTER viola // øyvind GIMSE cello // astrid NORDSTAD mezzo-soprano //
benedicte PALKO piano // linda EIDE // joakim moberg wiborg CHEF // jofrid BRU STAURLAND













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"The Contzen is simply fantastic. She has such a natural access to the music. She is brilliant, crystal clear, big tone, a light hand. Heavenly beautiful." Deutschlandfunk, 01.04.20

Mirijam Contzen is highly esteemed by the international musical world as a soloist, chamber musician, festival director and teacher. Her playing combines grandeur and technical mastery to create compellingly refined interpretations. Mirijam Contzen’s distinctive sound and unique power of expression testify to a profoundly individual musical understanding.

In January 2020 Sony Classical released the two violin concertos of Franz Clement with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne under the direction of Reinhard Goebel, with whom Mirijam Contzen has worked intensively over many years. The second violin concerto is a world premiere recording. Franz Clement was the dedicatee of Beethoven’s violin concerto, which itself was composed in response to Clement’s first violin concerto. This album was awarded with the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” as best recording (02/2020) as well as with the OPUS Klassik.

In the 21/22 season, as part of the "New Mozarts" series for Sony Classical, her new album of the violin concerto in E flat major KV 365, which was attributed to Mozart will be released. This is the first recording of this piece since 1965. Partners are the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg conducted by Reinhard Goebel.

Mirijam Contzen will also work with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Solistes Europeéns Luxembourg, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Resonanz, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt and the Staatskapelle Halle.

From the outset of her performing career, Mirijam Contzen has been a staunch advocate of unknown repertoire. In this vein, she recorded the violin concerto “Et derrière toi marchent les étoiles..”by Nicolas Bolens with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. For her début CD, which was awarded the Echo Preis in 2001, she chose seldom played works by Hubay, Ferrara and Geszler.

Her CD recording with pianist Tobias Bredohl juxtaposes works by the composer Stefan Heucke with sonatas by Hindemith.

She has performed with leading orchestras across the globe, including Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Conductors with whom she has worked include Iván Fischer, Gianandrea Noseda, Reinhard Goebel, Vladimir Fedosejev, Leif Segerstam, Lothar Zagrosek, Raphael

Frühbeck de Burgos, Christopher Hogwood, Eliahu Inbal, Tomas Netopil, Michael Sanderling, Mario Venzago and Gabriel Feltz.

Her passion for chamber music has led to collaborations with highly renowned musicians such as Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Misha Maisky, Clemens Hagen, Herbert Schuch, Bernd Glemser, Tobias Bredohl and Giovanni Guzzo.

In 2016, Mirijam Contzen was appointed professor of violin at Berlin University of the Arts. Of particular concern to her is the fostering of exceptional young talent on the violin, the commitment to training music teachers, and the interest in learning processes in society.



Hailed as ‘today’s quintessential French violinist’ Philippe Graffin was discovered by Yehudi Menuhin, who, upon hearing him in the Fritz Kreisler competition in Austria, invited him to make his debut recording with the RPO.

Philippe’s unique performing career has taken him to five continents and reflects his ever-questing mind. This can be heard in his acclaimed, prolific discography which ranges from Mozart to works especially written for him. Included are 30+ concertos, from Saint-Saëns (initiating Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series) to the rediscovery of Fauré’s Concerto; original and forgotten versions of Chausson’s Poème, Elgar’s Concerto and Ravel’s Tzigane; and also concertos by Britten, Dvorak and Coleridge-Taylor – the latter recorded in South Africa and performed at the BBC Proms; as well as concertos by the composers Rodion Shchedrin and Vytautas Barkauskas.

Orchestra appearances have included those with the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony &National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, English chamber orchestra, Saarbrücken Philharmonie, Kammersymphonie Berlin, the Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and St Petersburg Philharmonic. He has performed at Lincoln Center, New York, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Palazetto Bru Zane, Maison de Radio France, and throughout the US, South Africa, Asia and Australia.

Philippe champions composers of our day including Dutilleux and Saariaho. Pieces written for him include those by Vytautas Barkauskas, Philippe Hersant, David Matthews, Yves Prin, Rodion Shchedrin, Peter  Fribbins, and Marcelo Ninsinman.

In November 2014, Graffin  created a project with Gerard Depardieu at Flagey, Brussels, for Belgian television mixing poetry and music, which was later made into a documentary, “Graffin-Depardieu, la nuit leur appartient.”

A pupil of Philippe Hirschhorn and Josef Gingold, himself a renowned student of Eugene Ysaÿe, Philippe premiered a recently discovered 7th Solo Sonata by Ysaÿe, which he completed and edited for Schott. Mr Graffin appeared in two recent documentaries made about the great Belgian violinist: Ysaÿe is Not Dead (Belgian television, RTBF) and his own original film Ysaÿe’s Secret Sonata (YouTube).  Philippe curated festivals around Ysaÿe at the Wigmore Hall, in The Hague with the Residentie Orkest and created “Ysaÿe’s Knokke”, in Belgium, where many of Ysaÿe’s compositions originated.

Philippe was artistic director of ‘Consonances’ chamber music festival in St-Nazaire, France for 25 years. In 2019 he created ‘Traces’, in Brussels, a festival devoted to neglected works, often by composers whose lives were crushed during the Holocaust. The Festival aims to also present young artists performing innovative programmes.

Mr Graffin teaches at the Royal Conservatory (Brussels) and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (Paris).


Tomter is one of today's most outstanding violists. The Giant of the Nordic Viola (The Strad) was born at Hamar, Norway. He began to play the violin at the age of eight and also took up the viola. Both instruments he studied with Professor Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian State Academy. He then continued his studies with Professor Max Rostal and with Sándor Vegh. He was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók's Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984 and then went on to win the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986.

Lars Anders Tomter has distinguished himself by performing new music extensively, including the world premiere of four concertos by Ragnar Söderlind, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Rolf Wallin and Anders Eliasson, which have all been written for Lars Anders Tomter. In 2011 he recorded Vagn Holmboe's Viola Concerto with Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra released on the dacapo label. In 2015 he recorded Poul Ruders' Viola Concerto with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and in 2017 he will perform Egil Hovland's Viola Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic.

Lars Anders Tomter's appearances as an international viola soloist has been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States, such as Vienna Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Kölner Philharmonie. He has performed with orchestras such as BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RSO Frankfurt, NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and Danish National Radio Symphony. Conductors with whom he has worked together include among others Marc Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sylvain Cambreling, Dennis Russell Davies, Olari Elts, Daniele Gatti, Manfred Honeck, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Juha Kangas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Okko Kamu, Arvid Jansons, Dmitri Kitaenko, Ken-Ishiro Kobayashi, Ervin Lukács, Nello Santi, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Ulf Schirmer, John Storgårds, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Muhai Tang and Hans Vonk. In addition, Lars Anders Tomter collaborates frequently with internationally renowned musicians in chamber music projects.

Lars Anders Tomter is a regular guest at important festivals such as BBC Proms, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, Mondseetage, Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzingen, Styriarte, Verbier as well as at a number of festivals in Scandinavia. In addition, he founded the Risør Chamber Music Festival which he directed until 2016.He is now directing the Fjord Classics festival.His large repertoire includes all major contemporary works, and he has recorded for Simax, Naxos, Virgin Classics, NMC, Somm and Chandos.

Lars Anders Tomter is a Professor at the State Academy in Oslo, supervising a number of Norway's most talented string players. In 2013 he was appointed  professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy, Copenhagen. He plays a Gasparo da Salo viola dated from 1590.


ØYVIND GIMSE, cello,  

utviklet gjennom sine 15 år som Kunstnerisk Leder for Trondheimsolistene (2002-2017) orkesteret til å bli et fullt profesjonelt ensemble med stor internasjonal aktivitet. Syv GRAMMY-nominasjoner og tre Spellemannpriser kronet hans seks store innspillinger med Trondheimsolistene, og turneene strakk seg fra Sør- Amerika til Japan. Som orkesterleder har Øyvind også dirigert andre orkestre i Norge, Spania, Litauen, Russland og Vietnam. 

Øyvind er en internasjonalt anerkjent pedagog som i tillegg til sitt professorat ved Institutt for musikk ved NTNU er gjesteprofessor ved Galamian Academy i Malaga. Han er også en av mentorene i Konstknekt, et samarbeid mellom Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden og Berlinerfilharmonikerne. Kammermusikk står hans hjerte nær, og han har gjestet alle de store norske kammermusikkfestivalene, hvor han har spilt med musikere som Leif Ove Andsnes, Martin Frøst, Anthony Marwood og Bobby McFerrin. 

Øyvind var mannen bak “Trondheimsmodellen”, et unikt samarbeid mellom Trondheimsolistene og Trondheim symfoniorkester, han var sentral i utviklingen av Dokkhuset som en kammermusikk-arena for jazz og klassisk musikk i Trondheim, han var med i oppbyggingen av Trondheim Kammermusikkfestival og han var med å starte det nasjonale talentutviklings-programmet “Unge musikere”. For sin innsats i Trondheims kulturliv ble han hedret med Trondheim kommunes kulturpris for 2013.

Siden sommeren 2015 spiller Øyvind på en Francesco Goffriller(ca 1730) utlånt fra Sparebankstiftelsen/Dextra Musica, et instrument som tidligere tilhørte den legendariske cellisten Jacqueline du Pré.


«Han har alt som skal til for å være en internasjonal solist.»

(Anne-Sophie Mutter til Adresseavisen)

«perhaps the best chamber-orchestra recording ever.»

(Stereophile magazine om Trondheimsolistenes innspilling «Reflections»)

«Director Øyvind Gimse displays the vital ability to communicate his exact requirements to the players by the force of a cheerful and confident personality.»

(MusicWeb March 2017)

«Dette rydder unna all tvil om at det ikke finnes noe bedre kammerorkester  i Norge. Ingen over, men kanskje noen ved siden- av og til.»

(Ståle Wikshåland i Dagbladet august 2016 om Trondheimsolistenes «Reflections»)

ASTRID NORDSTAD, mezzosoprano.

Astrid Nordstad is a Norwegian mezzo-soprano. From 2018-2020 she was a member of the Norwegian National Opera Young Artists’ Programme, where she performed Maddalena in Rigoletto and Badessa in Suor Angelica, Mercedes in Carmen, Masha in Queen of Spades and Tisbe in La Cenerentola,

In the 2021/22 season, she makes her role debut as Carmen with the Helgeland Sinfonietta, and as Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress at the Oslo Opera Festival. She returns to Norwegian National Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto, and will sing Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Further ahead, she will make her debut at Bergen National Opera as Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte. 


Recent highlights were her debut as Rosina in Ringsakeroperaens production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, her performance at the Kirsten Flagstad 125 year memorial concert broadcast, and Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with the Danish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Ádám Fischer.

As an active concert singer, Astrid has performed the solo part in works such as Händels Messiah, the Johannes Passion and Weihnachts Oratorium of Bach, and works such as Mahlers Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and the Rückert-Lieder.

As a recitalist, she has sung recitals at Grieg’s birth house, and is featured on a recording of Peter Heise: The Song Edition Condensed. In her native Norway she is a highly sought- after performer of Griegs Haugtussa song cycle.

Raised in the city of Trondheim, her musical upbringing there includes many years participating in Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir. Further training took her to the Norwegian academy of Music and Astrid was chosen to participate in the prestigious opera program at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (ONAA) . Thereafter she finished her studies at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied under the renowned voice teacher Susanna Eken, and reached the semi-finals of the 2019 Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, where she was awarded the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship as the best Norwegian participant that year.


Benedicte was born in Stavanger, Norway, of Norwegian-Hungarian parents, and is since 2002 permanently living in Seville, Spain. She chooses her musical projects with care, always true to her heart, and with a desire to live a profound musicianship in her relation with the audience and her musical partners.Benedicte Palko is well known for her technically brilliance and beauty of tone and melody. Her ability of an honest and profound music-making has not gone unnoticed among audiences and press reviews wherever she performs.

Benedicte Palko is the founder and artistic leader of the “International Chamber Music Festival Joaquín Turina”, which takes place in Seville, Spain. Here she has performed with musicians such as Philippe Graffin, Esther Hoppe, Nicolas Dautricourt, Tanja Becker- Bender, Tobias Feldmann, Mirijam Contzen, Gary Hoffman, István Vardái, Julian Steckel, Torleif Thedéen, James Dunham, Yura Lee, Lise Berthaud, José Luis Estellés, Gordan Nikoliç, KUSS Quartet...

In June 2019 Benedicte presented an new, annual chambermusic project in combination with litterature and gastronomy in the isle Bru, next to Stavanger called PALKO & Co:


Benedicte Palko is a demanded chamber musician and has shown herself as a highly appreciated partner for many renown musicians. She forms duos with violinist Philippe Graffin and cellist Lluís Claret. From 2017 she also collaborates in duos with violinist Nicolas Dautricourt, and piano trio with violinist Esther Hoppe and cellist Christian Poltéra, as well as performing together with the young, Spanish violinist Antonio Viñuales and cellist Salvador Bolón in duos o piano quartet, giving support to the young generation of musicians being one of her main interests. She has given recitals, chamber music concerts and appeared as soloist with orchestra in Scandinavia, Finland, Russia, Latvia, Holland, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain and USA. In December 2018 Benedicte made her debut in Asia, where she was invited to perform as a Guest Leader in the chamber music series of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea. Benedicte will continue her relation with South Korea in 2019, with chambermusic concerts in Daejeon and masterclasses at the Korea National Univerity of Arts in Seoul.

Benedicte Palko has a sincere pedagogical interest and is very active as a teacher. She is invited to give masterclssses in Spain, Europe and Asia. Latest msterclass was at University Mozarteum in Salzburg. In Seville she has her own piano class with students from all over Andalusia and Spain, and she is a professor at MUSIKENE, the superior conservatory of the Basque country, in chamber music. Her students, pianists as well as chamber music groups, are among the finest young musicians in Spain of today. In April 2017 she was a jurymember of the renowned 59th International piano competiton “PREMIO JAÉN”.

Benedicte Palko studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music with prof. Einar Steen- Nökleberg. She continued her studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Prof. Jose Ribera, where she completed diploma and soloist studies with her official soloist debut in November 1998. A US-Fulbright Foundation scholarship made it possible for Benedicte Palko to study with the legendary pianist and teacher Distinguished Prof. György Sebök for 2 years at Indiana University School of Music Bloomington, USA. Here she completed the highest diploma for soloists, Artist Diploma.

Benedicte has recorded the Sonata in f-minor by Prokofieff and preludes for violin and piano by Shostakovich with violinist Sakari Tepponen, as well as she appears in numerous live recordings for the National Spanish, and Norwegian Radio.


LINDA EIDE, hjemmeside.   

Linda Eide er journalist, programleiar, forfattar, og nokolunde scenevant. Eide driv gjerne med underhaldande folkeopplysing, og er kjent frå NRK og fjernsynsseriar som Smæsj – ei kulturhistorisk sportskrønike, og Norsk attraksjon, der ho reiste landet på kryss og tvers og guida det norske folk rundt til attraksjonar du ikkje finn i Guideboka.

Eides språksjov. Dei siste åra har Linda bydd inn til Eides språksjov på NRK1. Eit leikent snakkesjov som hyllar og tullar med vår språklege kvardag. Dette er språkopplysing i ei laussluppen innpakking, med eigen pianist og eigen professor. Med artistiske gjestar og språklege tema. Programmet er inne i sin niande sesong, og over 70 program, er blitt laga frå Det Akademiske kvarter i Bergen. i 2021 vart Linda Eide og Gunnstein Akselberg tildelt Christieprisen, for innsatsen som språkformidlarar.

Linda har også vore programleiar for Nordisk prisgalla, sendt frå Operaen i Oslo i 2018, saman med Hans Olav Brenner. Og ho var programleiar for KORK sin julekonsert i 2021. Ho har også vore programleiar for NRK sin sommarsendingar, "Sommarbilen" 2020 og "Sommarskuta"2021.

Melodi Grand Jazz. Saman med Sjur Hjeltnes og Sigrid Moldestad. Denne underhaldande gjennomgangenen av all jazzmusikken i Melodi Grand Prix, var ei bestilling frå Vossa Jazz i 2018, og har seinare blitt framført på fleire Jazzfestivalar, som Maijazz, Hemnejazz, Sildajazz, Sortland Jazzfestival m.m.

Teater/scene. 2018 hadde Linda Eide premiere på si eiga teaterframsyning "Oppdrag Mottro". Ansvarleg for framsyninga var Det Vestnorske Teateret, med regi av Arvid Ones, og med Liv Bernhoft Osa som stemma til Mottro. Framsyninga turnerte også i Sogn og Fjordane og Hordaland, hausten 2019. Fleire turnear var planlagde, samt framsyningar på Det Norske Teatret, i Oslo. Koronapandemien sette ein stoppar for dette, men etter alle solemerker kjem Oppdrag Mottro opp på Det Norske Teatret hausten 2022. Trailer for framsyninga her.

I 2014 sette ho opp framsyninga 200 år på 2 timar – inklusivert pause, saman med pianist Sjur Hjeltnes. Noregshistoria ispedd musikk og moro, digresjonar og fotnotar. Framsyninga vart seinare vist i NRK1. Då med tittelen Historisk Moro.

Bøker. Eide har gitt ut fleire bøker i ulike sjangrar, og for boka Oppdrag Mottro – jakta på gamle dagar, vart ho i 2013 tildelt Melsomprisen, som går til ei bok som eignar seg til ”folkelæsning og masseutbredelse”, som det heiter i statuttane. Ho har også skrive lærebok i radiojournalistikk, saman med Jørgen Warvik Lyngvær og Lars Nyre. Forløparen til den boka var radioradio, saman med Lars Nyre. I 2015 kom boka Norske smakar, som ho skreiv saman med kokk Hanne Frosta.


  • Christieprisen 2021 Universitetet i Bergen

  • Riksmålsforbundets språkgledepris 2020

  • Storegutprisen, Litteraturdagane i Vinje 2019

  • Årets Hordalending 2018 – Hordaland fylkeskommune

  • Melsomprisen frå Samlaget for boka Oppdrag Mottro 2013

  • Noregs Mållag sin målpris 2013

  • Gullruten for beste programleiar 2012

  • Den store sykkelprisen frå syklistenes landsforbund 2008

  • Kulturdepartementet sin nynorskpris til journalistar 2006

  • Bergen Journalistlag sin Gullparaply for tv-dokumentaren Døden Bak Styret 2005

  • Homofrydprisen Bergen 2000

  • Gullruten for beste tv-reportasje 1997

  • Prix Radio 1997 og 1998 for beste reportasje

  • Språk- og dialektprisar frå Noregs Mållag, Noregs Målungdom, og Hordaland Mållag​​​​​​​

Linda Eide er fødd i 1969. Ho kjem får Voss og er busett i Bergen. Ho gjekk ut frå Norsk journalisthøgskule i 1990.

Linda er erklært transportsyklist og nyttespringar. Samt ein glad blokkfløyteamatør og ditto bordtennisspelar. I tillegg kan ho så godt som fem melodiar på toradar.


Joakim er født og oppvokst på bygda - i Sogndal i Sogn. Han har erfaring som kokk fra bl.a. Arne Brimi på Lom, Bølgen & Moi i Stavanger, Strand restaurant i Oslo og kjøkkensjef på preikestolen fjellstue. Joakim er opptatt av å levere mest mulig ureist og lokal mat, kortreist altså, og dyrker det meste han trenger i egen kjøkkenhage på Finnøy. Hans kreasjoner bærer preg av fantasi, farger og store smaksopplevelser. Og ikke minst ekte matglede!


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Jofrid is a flower decorator, weaves all kinds of creations in willow, and loves gardening. Her workshop, Hedleshaug on Bru, can be found on Facebook and Instagram. Her impressive floral installation hovered over the audience during the June HAPPENING in 2021. We look forward to this year!

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