To the heroes

Closing Concert of Festspillene i Elverum and tour

Terningen Arena, Saturday August 12th – 6:00 pm kl. (Buy ticket)

Ibsenhuset in Skien, Tuesday August 15th – 7:00 pm (Buy ticket)

Tivolis koncerthall in Copenhagen, Thursday August 17th – 7:30 pm (Read more)

Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Oslo konserthus, Saturday August 19th – 6:00 pm (Buy ticket)

Conductor: Christian Vásquez

Soloist: Håvard Gimse

A magnificent, romantic concert

The triumphant opening chords in Tsjaikovsky’s mighty and romantic piano concerto no.1 ranks among the most famous chords in the classical repertoire. This concert will ensure a romantic and beautiful ending to the festival in Elverum and a great tour for the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra.

Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss is a symphonic tone poem well-regarded as one of the greatest works of classical orchestral music. Despite Strauss’ denial, music researchers argue that this piece is self-biographical. Strauss caricatures several of his critics in a sarcastic manner, while glorifying himself with a series of quotes from his own works.


Harald Sæverud (1897-1992): Ballad of Revolt, op.22 (1942-44)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Piano concerto no. 1 in Bb-minor, op. 23 (1875)

  1. Andante non troppo e molto maestoso — Allegro con spirito
  2. Andantino simplice — Prestissimo
  3. Allegro con fuoco


Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Ein Heldenleben, Tondichtung für grosses Orchester, opus 40 (1898)

  1. Der Held (The hero)
  2. Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero’s Adversaries)
  3. Des Helden Gefährtin (The Hero’s Companion)
  4. Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero at Battle)
  5. Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero’s Works of Peace)
  6. Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero’s Retirement from this World and Completion)

Håvard Gimse

Photo: John Andresen

Håvard Gimse is now firmly established as one of Norway’s leading musicians with a bold and expansive repertoire, including an impressive list of 30 performed piano concertos. He is in great demand as both soloist and chamber musician.

As a concerto artist, Håvard Gimse has performed extensively throughout Scandinavia and Europe and with some of the world´s leading conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos and Andrew Manze. Håvard Gimse often performs together with musicians such as Truls Mørk, and together with him and solo Håvard Gimse has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Wigmore Hall. This autumn he will be touring in Japan. His innovative Beethoven concert program made a huge success both in Norway and abroad, and in 18/19 he plans a similar program with Schubert.

With more than 30 internationally acclaimed CD recordings, Gimse is already one of the most significant Norwegian classical recording artists.

He was Artistic Director of Festspillene i Elverum and sits now in the Artistic Board of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival. He performs regularly at all of the Norwegian festivals where he is called upon to perform varied and extensive programs with many combinations of artists. Håvard Gimse combines his hectic concert schedule with a Professorship at the Oslo Music Conservatoire as well as giving regular master classes across Norway and beyond. Håvard’s high level of artistry, broad experience, easy going and positive nature means his creative output has a significant and far reaching effect on audiences both at home in Norway and abroad.

Christian Vásquez

Photo: Emilie Ashley

Christian Vásquez from Venezuela is Chief Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO). Having experienced a symphony orchestra for the first time at the age of nine, Christian was so entranced that his parents took him to El Sistema the following week. Here, he learned to play the violin.

In 2006, he became a student of José Antonio Abreu. In the same year Vasquez became Artistic Director for the Youth Orchestra in Aragua and in 2007 for the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra in Caracas.

In 2008, Vásquez made his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has also conducted major orchestras like the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Bamberger Symfoniker and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, as well as the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa.

In 2009 Vásquez became the First Guest Conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, and he visited Stavanger Symphony Orchestra for the first time in March 2010. The season 2013-2014 Vásquez became Chief Conductor of the SSO.

Vásquez conducts The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra for the first time this summer.

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