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Marianne Thorsen - Violin

'Beautifully sculpted phrasing, but she soon lets rip with broad G-string melodies dripping in luscious vibrato'

The Strad

The winner of several international competitions, including most notably the 2003 Sion Valais International Competition, Marianne Thorsen has established herself as one of Norway's leading violinists.  She has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Royal Danish Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.  In her homeland, she plays regularly with the Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Stavanger Symphony and the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestras. 

Recent highlights include the Svendsen Concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) which was broadcast live on NRK, Norway's national radio; Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 with Trondheimsolistene and the Haffner Orchestra (UK); Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Trondheim Symphony / Urbanski (with Tor Espen Aspaas and Tim Hugh), Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Bristol Ensemble; as well as performances at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger and the Bergen International Festival (with Truls Mørk and Christian Ihle Hadland).  Marianne Thorsen was celebrated as Featured Artist at the Genius of Mozart Festival in Galway, Ireland; and in May, she made her debut at Spectrum Concerts Berlin, at Berlin's Philharmonie.  Upcoming highlights include Mozart's Concertante with Trondheimsolistene (and Lawrence Power, viola) at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in September; and in October, Marianne will perform Knut Nystedt's Psalmus 138, Op 167a; and Ave Maria, Op 110 for violin solo, mixed choir and orchestra at Nidaros Cathedral, Norway.

Marianne enjoys a regular collaboration with Trondheimsolistene with which she recently toured and recorded Mozart's Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 and 5 for 2L Recordings to great critical acclaim, winning the Norwegian Spellemannprisen - the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy.  Her recording with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra of Ståle Kleiberg's Violin Concerto, dedicated to her, received a Grammy nomination in 2010; and Marianne gave the world premiere of Ketil Hvoslef's Violin Concerto, also dedicated to her, broadcast live on national Norwegian television with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vassily Sinaisky.

2011 - 2013 saw the release of five CDs of music by Halvorsen and Svendsen on the Chandos label, with Thorsen as soloist alongside the Bergen Philharmonic and Neeme Järvi, including Svendsen's Violin Concerto which was nominated for the Spellemann Prize (The Strad wrote: "Thorsen's sweet-toned purity, ringing intonation and beguiling espressivo prove ideal for the composer's essentially gentle inspiration - Svendsen could hardly wish for a more sympathetic and persuasive exponent than Thorsen").

A keen chamber musician, Marianne Thorsen has performed with such eminent artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Pascal Rogé and Håvard Gimse, with whom she recorded for Simax Classics.  She was a founder member of the Leopold String Trio from 1998 to 2006, with which she performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, New York, the Wiener Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and Wigmore Hall, London, as well as at the Edinburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals (live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3).  The Trio has recorded numerous CDs for Hyperion to great critical acclaim, including the complete Beethoven string trios and Schubert's Trout Quintet, as well as the Mozart piano quartets with Paul Lewis and the complete Brahms piano quartets with Marc-André Hamelin.

In 2000 Marianne was appointed Leader of the internationally renowned Nash Ensemble of London, with which she appears and broadcasts frequently at the major British and International music festivals, at London's South Bank Centre, the BBC Proms and as part of a regular series at Wigmore Hall.

In 2009 Marianne Thorsen was invited to become Artistic Director of the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden Music Festival in Røros, Norway.  In March 2013, Marianne completed her fifth and final year in the role of Artistic Director in the highly successful 15th anniversary Vinterfestspill, with performances broadcast on national Norwegian radio.

In 2006 Thorsen was appointed Professor at the Institute of Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and plays the 'Emiliani' Stradivari violin by kind arrangement with the Leif Hoegh Foundation.


'Dazzlingly violinistic and brilliantly played' 

The Sunday Times 

'Engagingly fleet-fingered, sweet-toned, mellifluous performances, topped off with perfect cadenzas'

Classic FM Five Stars

(Mozart Concertos CD)

'Masterly playing, impeccably phrased and articulated'

International Record Review




Alasdair Strange


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