Trondheim Soloists

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Trondheim Soloists
OriginTrondheim, Norway
GenresChamber music

Trondheim Soloists (Norwegian: Trondheimsolistene) are a musical chamber ensemble of string players based in Trondheim, Norway. The ensemble was founded in 1988 and has been an arena for professional concert training for string-players at the Music Conservatory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.[1]


Trondheim Soloist’s discography includes over twenty recordings. The Trondheim Soloists have recorded 6 CDs including Vivaldi’s ’'Four Seasons’' and all of the music for strings by Edvard Grieg. The French Diapason d’Or was awarded the orchestra for its recording of Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1 in G minor. Cellist Øyvind Gimse was appointed as artistic director in 2002.

Their performing style has been described as a hybrid between modern techniques and period ideas: they use baroque bows but on metal stringed instruments.[2] The latest release, Divertimenti (2L, 2008), featuring pieces by Benjamin Britten and Béla Bartók, also marks the first ever audio-only release on Blu-ray technology.[3] The record was later nominated for three Grammy awards.


Trondheim Soloists collaborates regularly with professional soloists such as Ben Caplan, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martin Fröst, Joshua Bell, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Mari Samuelsen[4][5][6] and Arve Tellefsen. Trondheim Soloists are perhaps mostly known for their extensive collaboration with German classical violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.[7][8][9] This collaboration has resulted in recordings of pieces by Vivaldi (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999) and Bach (Deutsche Grammophon, 2008). The Bach album made its debut on the Billboard "Top Classical Albums" chart in the No. 1 position in October 2008, and remained in the top five for five weeks.[10] The collaboration with Mutter has also included touring. In November 2001, the Trondheim Soloists made their Carnegie Hall debut alongside Mutter [11]

Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ Trondheimsolistene. "Press material: CV English". Trondheim: Trondheimsolistene
  2. ^ Clements, Andrew. "Classical review: Bach: Violin Concertos in A minor & E; Gubaidulina: In Tempus Praesens, Mutter/Trondheim Soloists/LSO/Gergiev". The Guardian, Friday 3 October 2008
  3. ^ Clark Philip. "The Trondheim Soloists shine in unique recorded sound and intriguing repertoire". Classic FM Magazine, September 2008
  4. ^ Mari Samuelsen: Vivaldi - "Summer" from Four Seasons, retrieved 2023-05-24
  5. ^ Mari Samuelsen: Vivaldi 'Four seasons' - Presto from summer, retrieved 2023-05-24
  6. ^ Mari Samuelsen & Sylvia Schwartz - Morricone: Nella Fantasia, retrieved 2023-05-24
  7. ^ Schweitzer, Vivien. "Finding Her Mendelssohn Sweet Spot". New York Times, January 30, 2009
  8. ^ Schweitzer, Vivien. "Music Review: Playing Bach With Nods to Two Centuries". New York Times, October 14, 2008
  9. ^ Holden, Anthony and Pritchard, Stephen. "Classical releases". The Observer, Sunday 21 September 2008
  10. ^ Jepson, Barbara. "The Reigning Diva of the Violin Embraces Contemporary Music". The Wall Street Journal, page D7, November 28, 2008
  11. ^ Tommasini, Anthony. "Ensemble Turns to Vivaldi To Herald Changing Seasons". The New York Times, November 14, 2001

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