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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


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Marianne Thorsen has established herself as one of Norway's leading violinists. As a soloist, she 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 which she recorded Mozart's Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 and 5 for 2L to great critical acclaim, winning the Norwegian Spellemann Prize. Her recording with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra of Ståle Kleiberg's Violin Concerto, 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 national Norwegian television 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 and Neeme Järvi, including Svendsen's Violin Concerto which was nominated for the Spellemann Prize.


A keen chamber musician, Marianne Thorsen has performed with such eminent artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Marc-André Hamelin, Truls Mørk, Paul Lewis, Pascal Rogé, Lars Anders Tomter and Håvard Gimse at Norwegian festivals including Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger; and at the BBC Proms in London and at the Edinburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals in the UK (live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3).


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 to 2006 with extensive tours throughout Europe, Australia and the USA and numerous recordings for Hyperion Records in London.


From 2009 to 2013, Marianne was the Artistic Director of Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden festival in Røros, Norway, alongside her husband, Alasdair Strange (Artistic Consultant). In 2006 Marianne Thorsen was appointed Professor of Violin at the Department of Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Marianne plays a violin by G.F.Pressenda, made in Turin in 1841.


UPDATED June 2018 - PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM  Worldwide Artists Ltd. (www.worldwideartists.com)



Marianne Thorsen har en variert musikertilværelse som utøver. Som solist har hun spilt med alle de norske orkestrene, og blant andre BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham, Stockholm-filharmonien og Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Sammen med TrondheimSolistene har hun spilt inn Mozarts fiolinkonserter nr. 3-5 for 2L - en innspilling som vant Spellemann i 2006. En annen 2L-innspilling med Trondheim Symfoniorkester av Ståle Kleibergs fiolinkonsert, som er tilegnet henne, ble nominert til amerikansk Grammy i 2010. Hun har også urfremført Ketil Hvoslefs fiolinkonsert med Vassily Sinaisky og Oslo-filharmonien.


Marianne er en ivrig kammermusiker, og hun har samarbeidet med blant andre Leif Ove Andsnes, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Truls Mørk, Paul Lewis, Pascal Rogé, Lars Anders Tomter og Håvard Gimse ved kammermusikkfestivalene i Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim og Stavanger. Hun har også opptrådt ved BBC Proms i London og på Edinburgh, Bath og Cheltenham festivalene (for BBC Radio 3) i Storbritannia. Hun var spillende leder av Nash Ensemble of London fra 2000-2015 og Leopold String Trio fra 1991-2006, med en omfattende turnevirksomhet i Europa, Australia og USA, og medvirket på mange innspillinger for Hyperion Records i London. Fra 2009-2013 var hun kunstnerisk leder sammen med sin mann, Alasdair Strange (kunstnerisk rådgiver) for Vinterfestspill på Røros, og har siden 2006 undervist ved NTNUs Institutt for musikk. Marianne spiller på en fiolin av G.F.Pressenda, bygget i Turin 1841.


UPDATED June 2018 - PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM  Worldwide Artists Ltd. (www.worldwideartists.com)



'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

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