Benedicte Maurseth

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Benedicte Maurseth
Born (1983-02-07) 7 February 1983 (age 38)
Eidfjord, Hardanger

Benedicte Maurseth (born 7 February 1983 in Eidfjord, Norway) is a Norwegian traditional folk singer and musician.[1]


Maurseth picked up the fiddle at the age seven, and studied with Knut Hamre. In addition to studies at the University of Bergen (minor in art history) she attended the Ole Bull Academy at Voss in the period 2004–06.[1] She immersed herself in the baroque instrument viola d'amore next to her main instrument Hardanger fiddle. Maurseth is also a kveder and currently works as a freelance musician based in Bergen. Since 2005 she has had extensive concert activities nationally and internationally (including in USA, Canada, India, Tyskland, Belgia and in Island), both as a solo artist and in collaborations. In Germany she played at TFF Rudolstadt in 2010 and at the 'folkBALTICA' 2011. [1][2]

Together with Knut Hamre, Nils Økland and Sigbjørn Apeland, Maurseth released the album Rosa I Botnen in 2006, a production with traditional music from Hardanger, performed on fiddles from the 1600s and 1700s. This is the oldest Hardanger fiddles that are preserved, and was recorded for the first time. In 2008, Maurseth together with Berit Opheim, Åsne Valland Norli and Kristin Skaare, released the album Fodnes, which was based on folk music from Hardanger collected by Geirr Tveitt. In 2009 she composed new music for a theater version of Jon Fosse lyrics, Andvake, and she performed on stage together with actor Svein Tindberg. Her music from this underlie the first solo record Alde (2010). She has also on several occasions acted together with Jon Fosse himself.[3] Together with Gabriel Fliflet, Stein Urheim, Kristoffer Voght and Per Jørgensen she released the album Åresong in 2011, performing lyrics by Jon Fosse. Åresong was a commissioned works at the Bergen International Festival in 2010.[4]


  • 2007: Young Folk Musician of the Year in Norway[5]


  • 2014: Å vera ingenting – Samtalar med spelemannen Knut Hamre, Samlaget, preface by Jon Fosse[6]


Solo albums[edit]


With Knut Hamre
  • 2006: Rosa I Botnen (Heilo Records)[8]
  • 2012: Anima (Heilo Records)[9]
With Åsne Valland Nordli, Berit Opheim & Kristin Skaare
  • 2008: Fodne Ho Svara Stilt (Heilo Records)
Duo with Åsne Valland Nordli


  1. ^ a b c Mjør, Kåre Johan (9 November 2011). "Benedicte Maurseth". Biography (in Norwegian). Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Maurseth, Benedicte". Biography. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  3. ^ Vikingstad, Margunn (2009). "Jon Fosse og Benedicte Maurseth: Ein klang, ein song og eit dikt". Biography. Det Norske Teatret. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Alle Rezensionen zu Benedicte Maurseth". Biography (in German). Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  5. ^ "INTRO-folk – Benedicte Maurseth kåret til Årets unge folkemusiker". Music News (in Norwegian). 23 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Benedicte Maurseth: Å vera ingenting" (in Norwegian). Samlaget. 2014. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  7. ^ Lusk, Jon. "Benedicte Maurseth Alde". Music Reviews. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  8. ^ Wikshåland, Ståle (21 February 2006). "Knut Hamre/ Benedicte Maurseth: En flott påminnelse om hva vi har i vår egen tradisjon". Music Reviews (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  9. ^ Rignes, Christen (4 June 2012). "Norway/England: 12 points!". Music Reviews (in Norwegian). Østlendingen. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Over Tones – Benedicte Maurseth / Åsne Valland Nordli". ECM Records. 2014. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.

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