Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, one of Scandinavia’ s most outstanding international interpreters, will be the soloist for Athens State Orchestra in a performance this Friday.
In a concert with the Athens State Orchestra, Henning Kraggerud will interpret Danish composer Karl Nielsen’s (1865-1931) astonishing Violin Concerto, 100 years after its first accomplishment. The performance will be held at the The Athens Concert Hall on Friday.
Vassilis Christopoulos, artistic director and chief conductor of the Athens State Orchestra, will conduct Nielsen’s emblematic concerto as well as Hungarian Bella Bartok’s (1881-1945) Concerto for Orchestra, another modern classic masterpiece of the 20th century that will also be concluded in the concert’s program.
As for the Violin Concerto, although it is highly representative of Karl Nielsen’s repertoire, it is not played often given that it is considered one of the most demanding, in terms of virtuosity and precision, violin pieces ever written.
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Kraggerud is an artist of exquisite musicianship, who combines unusually sweet tone and beauty of expression with impressive virtuosity, drawing audiences and critics alike towards the genuine quality of his playing. That is the reason why he maintains a busy diary as soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras, building relationships with leading conductors.
He was born in Oslo in 1973 and studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of Norway's prestigious Grieg Prize and in 2007 was awarded the Sibelius Prize for his interpretations and recording of Sibelius’ music throughout the world.
With a strong Scandinavian profile, he continues to work extensively in his home region. He has maintained frequent collaborations with the Helsinki and Oslo Philharmonic and the Norwegian Chamber orchestras, as well as strong links with many of the Norwegian festivals.
Adding to his multifaceted career, Kraggerud is an innovative improviser and composer, performing many of his own cadenzas and arrangements in concert and several of his compositions have been performed at festivals worldwide.
Students: € 5, Zone C: € 10 – Zone B: € 15 – Zone A: € 20 – Grand Tier: € 25
*At 7:45 p.m. there will be an introductory talk for ticket-holders.
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