Virtuos and agile
Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with a tenure recently extended to 2020. Henning’s extraordinary reach as an artist is a result of his versatility and passion for music, as well as the easy virtuosity and beauty of his performances.
His teaching and educational writings provide fascinating insights into his approach to music-making, while his composing, arranging and improvising – frequently bringing his own works into the concert hall – recall the spirit of the old masters such as Fritz Kreisler and Eugène Ysaÿe. Alongside these talents is the genuine quality of Henning’s playing, and his ability to draw in listeners with an unusual sweetness of tone and naturally intelligent expression.
Travelling the world
Henning is invited time and again to join many of the world’s most significant orchestras, this season including the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras, as well as the Danish National Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Macao Orchestra. Also this season he makes debuts with the Brussels Philharmonic and the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna.
Henning is a prolific composer with more than 200 works to his name; among the ensembles that have commissioned or premiered his works are the Brodsky Quartet and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, while the Britten Sinfonia gave the first performance of Henning’s The Last Leaf for violin and chamber orchestra in 2014. In the same year, Henning’s reputation as a composer was sealed by the premiere of Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra.
Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning 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 around the world. Henning is a Professor at the Barratt Due music conservatoire in Oslo, where he play/directs the Oslo Camerata. As from September 2015, he is International Chair in Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Henning Kraggerud plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù, provided by Dextra Musica AS. This company is founded by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
Henning Kraggerud, Photo: David Gonzales