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MARIANNE THORSEN, http://www.mariannethorsen.com


THORSEN has a varied musical life as a performer and is one of Norway's leading violinists. A keen chamber musician, Marianne has performed with such eminent artists as Håvard Gimse, Lawrence Power, Marc-André Hamelin, Truls Mørk, Paul Lewis, Pascal Rogé, Paul Watkins, Lars Anders Tomter and Leif Ove Andsnes at the Norwegian festivals in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger; and with the Nash Ensemble and Leopold String Trio at the BBC Proms in London and the Edinburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals in the UK (live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3). 


As a soloist, Marianne has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, all the Norwegian orchestras and many of the major orchestras in Scandinavia.


Marianne enjoys a regular collaboration with the Trondheim Soloists with whom she recorded Mozart's Violin Concertos 3, 4 and 5 for 2L to great critical acclaim, winning the Norwegian Spellemann prize in 2006. Her recording with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra of Ståle Kleiberg's Violin Concerto no. 1, dedicated to her, received an American Grammy nomination in 2010; and Marianne gave the world premiere of Ketil Hvoslef's Violin Concerto, also dedicated to her, broadcast live on Norwegian national television (NRK) with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vassily Sinaisky. 2011-2014 saw the release of five CDs of music by Halvorsen and Svendsen on the Chandos label, with Thorsen as soloist alongside the Bergen Philharmonic / Neeme Järvi, including Svendsen's Violin Concerto.


Marianne Thorsen was leader of the internationally renowned Nash Ensemble of London from 2000-2015 and a founder member of the Leopold String Trio from 1991-2006 with extensive tours throughout Europe, Australia and the USA and numerous recordings for Hyperion Records in London.


Recent highlights include Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra (KORK); recitals with the Norwegian pianist Håvard Gimse at the Bergen International Festival; the Oslo International Chamber Music Festival (with Radovan Vlatkovic, Liv Glaser and Håvard Gimse) and at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Nash Ensemble for BBC Radio 3 in August 2019. Marianne has just recorded Violin Concerto no. 2 by Ståle Kleiberg with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Peter Szilvay – to be released on 2L in April 2021.


Marianne was Artistic Director of the Vinterfestspill festival in Røros, Norway from 2009-2013. Since 2006 she has been professor of violin at the Department of Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. 


Marianne plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from 1745, kindly on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation. 



EIVIND RINGSTAD  www.eivindringstad.com Due to Covid travel restrictions Eivind is joining instead of Lars Anders Tomter. We need to look forward to listen to Lars Anders at a later PALKO & Co, but we will be able to enjoy one of the greatest, young viola talents instead!

The Norwegian violist Eivind Ringstad (b. 1994) is today featured as one of the most prominent violists of his generation. He made his breakthrough after winning the Eurovision young musicians 2012 and has since performed at major festivals and concert venues around the world.

He had his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Eivind Aadland in 2013. This collaboration amounted to a debut CD for Lawo classics in 2017, featuring Walton viola concerto and Sinding suite transcribed/arranged for viola and orchestra.

In 2016, Eivind was awarded the Borletti-Buitoni fellowship award. At the same time, he was appointed to the prestigious talent scheme BBC New Generation Artists 2016-2018.

Through the scheme, Eivind made his recital debut in Wigmore hall in 2017 as well as the Edinburgh festival 2018 alongside German pianist and regular recital partner David Meier.

Eivind has been invited and re-invited to basically all the BBC orchestras in the U.K. Further he has performed with orchestras such as Copenhagen Philharmonic, Trondheim symphony orchestra, Kristiansand symphony orchestra, Dala sinfoniettan, London sinfonietta, Bergen Philharmonic, Vienna radio orchestra, Norwegian radio orchestra, The Norwegian chamber orchestra, Polish chamber orchestra. This season will see his debut with Lahti Symphy and Kuopio Symphony orchestras in Finland.

Eivind is a prolific chamber musician and is a regular fixture on Norway’s thriving chamber music scene. His passion for chamber music is great, and he has collaborated with some of the most distinguished chamber musicians around, among them Leif Ove Andsnes, Janine Jansen, Anthony Marwood, Henning Kraggerud, Beatrice Rana and Steven Isserlis. This season he was appointed artistic director for Norsjø Chamber music festival, which takes place in Telemark, Norway with co-directors pianist Øyvind Sundsvalen and composer Martin Ødegaard.

In addition to performing the standard repertoire for the viola, Eivind often makes his own transcriptions to show all the possibilities of the viola.
His transcriptions include virtuoso compositions, as well as famous short pieces by composers such as Grieg, Ysaÿe, Elgar and Bull.

He also enjoys playing contemporary music and has commissioned several works. This year he premiered ‘Correspondances’ for viola and piano by young Norwegian composer Peder Barratt-Due at the prestigious Edinburgh festival.

Eivind started to play the violin at the age of 5, moving to the viola as his main instrument nine years later. He studied at Barratt Due music institute in Oslo, Norway with Soon-Mi Chung.

In Norway, Eivind has been awarded several prices throughout his career including Arve Tellefsen musician price 2013 and the prestigious Statoil (Equinor) price 2014.

He plays the G. Guadagnini “ex-Vieuxtemps” viola dating from 1768, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

“What I love about music is the feelings it awakens inside of me. Music gives my daily life more meaning. To share this is for me a true blessing.”

LARS ANDERS TOMTER trenger ingen introduksjon for dere som er vant til å gå på konsert, han er en ener i verden på instrumentet sitt. Og for dere som ikke kjenner ham: Lars Anders ruver i terrenget både som musiker, pedagog ved Norges Musikkhøgskole, og som kunstnerisk leder for flere internasjonale kammermusikk festivaler. Jeg husker jeg spillte en Beethoven sonate for ham da jeg studerte i Oslo, for mer enn, ja, for mange år siden...... Nå er anledningen her for å spille sammen profesjonelt for første gang, noe jeg ser frem til med stor glede og beundring. Les mer om Lars Anders på hans festivalweb: https://fjordclassics.com/artist/lars-anders-tomter/


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.

SANDRA LIED HAGA er en av Norges fremste, unge musikere, og det blir fantastisk kjekt for meg å bli kjent med henne for første gang på Bru! Sandra begynte å spille cello da hun var bare 3 år gammel! I Norge har hun vunnet åtte første premier, og er tatt under vingene av bl.a. Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Sandra er opptatt med konserter i Norge og utenlands, samt masterstudier, men hun har både tid og lyst til å komme til Bru! Gled deg :) Les mer om Sandra på https://www.sandraliedhaga.com


LIED HAGA 's rich, beautiful sound and prodigious talent have caught the attention of the biggest names in classical music, among them Daniel Barenboim and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Sandra stands on the threshold of a major career, having already won 4 International First Prizes and many more at home in Scandinavia. In November 2019 she was awarded the prestigious Equinor Classical Music Award of 100.000 Euro. 


Sandra made her debut at Wigmore Hall aged just 12, and has since performed with numerous Orchestras, and in major Concert Halls all over Europe and beyond. She has given concerts in the UK, Germany, Austria, Russia, Norway, Italy, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Romania, France, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Hungary, Spain, Iceland, Greece, Jordan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and the United States. She has collaborated, among many others, with Conductors such as Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Ari Rasilainen, Terje Mikkelsen, Thomas Søndergård, Shao-Chia Lü, David Geringas, Peter Szilvay, Bjarte Engeset, Stephen Threlfall, Maffeo Scarpis and Trond Husebø.


Sandra has been invited to perform in many prestigious Festivals, among them Salzburg Festspiele, Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad, Weilburg Schloss Festspiele, Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Bell'Arte Frankfurt, Groba Festival Spain, and the Bergen, Risør, Fjord Classics, Oslo and Valdres Festivals in Norway and the Fejø Festival in Denmark. She has also appeared at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, and at the Verbier Festival Academy, following which she was invited to give her own concert at the Verbier Festival aged just 17. 


Among Sandra's international accolades are First Prize and the Virtuoso Prize at the Tallinn Young Musician Competition; First Prize and Grand Laureate Prize at the Heran International Cello Competition in the Czech Republic; First Prize at the Padova International Music Competition and First Prize and Laureate at the International Chance Competition in Moscow. She has also been awarded the Bärenreiter Prize, The European Union Prize and EMCY Art for Music Prize. 

In 2019 Sandra was awarded the prestigious Equinor Classical Music Award of 100.000 Euro. She has won 8 First Prizes in National Competitions in Norway, and was in 2017 awarded the Young Lindeman Prize by Alf Richard Kraggerud and the Lindeman Foundation.


Sandra, born 1994, began playing the cello aged 3. She became the youngest ever student on the programme for gifted children at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. She was thereafter the first student ever to be invited to the prestigious Razumovsky Academy in London, under the guidance of Oleg Kogan. She later studied with Truls Mørk for 6 years, and was subsequently invited to participate in a 1-year Artist Diploma programme at Daniel Barenboim's Academy in Berlin, where she studied with Frans Helmerson. After further studies with Lars Anders Tomter, she is now finishing her Master of Music with Torleif Thedeen at the Norwegian Academy of Music.


Sandra has played chamber music with renowned musicians at the highest level, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma , Paul Lewis, Truls Mørk, Kathryn Stott, Gordon Back, Lars Anders Tomter, Piers Lane, Christian Ihle Hadland and Henning Kraggerud. She has appeared frequently on television and radio, and was the subject of a television portrait with her erstwhile teacher Truls Mørk. 


In 2012 she was chosen as an ambassador for Playing for a Future. Sandra regularly plays Chamber Music Concerts with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the scholars in Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and Mutter's Virtuosi. From 2019 she is part of the Crescendo Mentor Programme, with Leif Ove Andsnes and Janine Jansen as main mentors. She will in 2020 release her Debut-CD of Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Original Version, Label Simax Classics. 


Sandra plays a Joannes Florenus Guidantus cello from Bologna 1730, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

BENEDICTE PALKO 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: www.benedictepalko.com/palkoco.

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. 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.


TORE RENBERG, FORFATTER. Det ble ikke fiolinister av hverken Tore eller meg selv, selv om vi begge kjempet på i det samme lokale musikkmiljøet som barn. Kanskje like greit... Musikk, natur, måltid og tekst, det har vi lovet. Forfatter Tore Renberg har tro på prosjektet, og at dere finner veien til Bru. Under konserten fredag 12. juni spinner Tore tekst og tanker rundt det han opplever med musikken. Tore er et levende eksempel på at musikk er musikk, uansett sjanger, bare du tørr. "For meg er litteraturen og språket et musikalsk sted å være." Hør Tores tanker og ord i NRKs #Bokekspedisjonen,  Linda Eide Språksjov, og #Brennerogbøkene, så forstetter vi på Bru i Juni! 

Det store gjennombruddet til Tore Renberg kom med den energiske og sårbare fortellingen om Jarle Klepp, «Mannen som elsket Yngve». Boka ble utgitt i 2003 og har solgt utrolige 150.000. Filmen kom i 2008 og ble en like massiv suksess, både hos publikum og kritikere. Ytterligere 4 bøker om Jarle Klepp har den produktive forfatteren skrevet, hvor oppvekstfortellingen «Kompani Orheim» står som verkets viktigste bok og i dag regnes som en moderne klassiker. Renberg er også opphavsmann til den viltre Teksas-serien, hvor han utforsker livet i Stavangers underverden, samt en rekke andre bøker, deriblant «Du er så lys» og «Ingen tid å miste». 


Han har mottatt flere priser for bøkene sine, som er oversatt til en rekke land. Renberg har også markert seg som en folkekjær dramatiker, med stykker som «Indianeren» og «Tante Jane». Multikunstneren Renberg er ikke bare forfatter. Han har arbeidet som programleder på tv, han er en avholdt foredragsholder, konferansier, debattant, en samfunnsengasjert mann og en karismatisk scenepersonlighet. Musikken står sentralt i Renbergs virke. 


Han lærte piano og fiolin som barn, han er selvlært på gitar, og spilte i en rekke indie-band før han debuterte som soloartist med «Ingen nåde» i 2016. Siden den gang har Renberg gitt ut ytterligere et album, flere singler, og turnert Norge med det oppsiktsvekkende showet sitt, «En kveld med Tore Renberg». Her tilbyr han publikum en høyst original og varm stund i krysningspunktet mellom standup, litteratur, teater og konsert.

RYFYLKEKOKKEN FRODE SELVAAG. Alle musikere elsker et godt måltid etter en god konsert, og det vil vi gjerne dele med dere i publikum. Alle inntrykk på JUNI-HAPPENINGEN samles opp av kokken sjøl. Vi får både smaksoppleve kjærlighet fra Finnøy i Steinhuset på Bru Kultursti, og samles i godt lag til en storartet festmiddag med smaker fra Ryfylke-bassenget, Brimse, Finnøy, Kloster og Selvaag sin egen hage. Når Frode Selvaag kokkelerer med stø hånd, er vi sikre på at du får oppleve en smakspalett som gjenspeiler både natur, duft, kraft og inntrykk fra JUNI-HAPPENINGEN. Les mer om Ryfylkekokken på www.ryfylkekokken.no.

Ryfylkekokken sprer matglede og byr på matopplevelser med lokal forankring. Basen er Landahuset på Finnøy. Ryfylkekokken er også en del av matkollektivet St13 midt i Stavanger sentrum, og formidler matglede, matkultur og matopplevelser med Ryfylke som utgangspunkt. Matkurs, foredrag, oppskriftsutvikling og konseptutvikling, kjøkkenledelse ved store arrangement og opplevelseskonsept i samarbeid med Ryfylke Livsgnist.


Frode Selvaag startet på kokkeskole i Haugesund, har hatt læretid i Lom hos Arne Brimi, og har videre jobbet ved Gastronomisk Institutt i Stavanger, det norske ambassaden i Washington DC under Knut Vollebæk, og Craigs kjøkken i Stavanger. Frode var med i oppstarten av Spa Hotell Velvære på Hjelmeland i 2006, og startet Ryfylkekokken i 2010. Frode er og offisiell Sterling Chef for Sterling White Halibut fra Hjelmeland, anerkjent dommer i WACS, aktiv i Norske Kokkers Landsforening Rogaland og ildsjel i NorgesCup for kokk- og servitør læringer. Han jobber også tett med Læringsverkstedet barnehager og har utviklet deres konsept «Et godt måltid» sammen med Arne Brimi. 



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