Apply for the Winter course 2019

You can now apply for the Norwegian National Youth Orcestras Winter Course 2019!

The course lasts from Saturday 29th of December 2018- Sunday January 6th, 2019. With concerts 4th of January in Bakkenteigen Kulturhus, Horten and 5th of January Elverum region.

You find more information under Course and Application.

Deadline for application: Thursday 1st of November 2018.

You can fill out the online application here:

We look forward to recieve your application!

Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson

Soloists: Guro Kleven Hagen, violin

    Eivind Ringstad, viola



F. Schubert: Symphony nr. 8 in B-minor, «Unfinished»

W. A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante

L. Beethoven: Symphony nr. 5, op. 67


Guro Kleven Hagen

Foto; Ole Jørgen Bratland


The Norwegian violinist Guro Kleven Hagen (b. 1994) made a highly successful debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Jukka Pekka Saraste in 2011, and has since been playing concerts with many major orchestras in Scandinavia. Her recent recording of Prokofiev ́s 2nd and Bruch ́s 1st Violin Concertos with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Bjarte Engeset was chosen as ͞Editor ́s Choice of the Month͟ by Gramophone Magazine in August 2014. The recording was also short-listed in the Gramophone Guide as one of the finest classical releases of 2014/2015.

As a soloist, Guro has been working with orchestras in Germany, Russia, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Israel, Jordan and Norway, with conductors such as Johannes Gustavsson, Christian Vasques, Christian Arming, Cornelius Meister, Ari Rasilainen, Perry So, Jaime Martín and Eivind Aadland. Upcoming engagements include concerts with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra / Krzysztof Urbanski, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/ Ed Gardner, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko.

As a chamber musician, Guro has performed with Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Marianna Shirinyan, Maxim Rysanov, Andreas Brantelid, Shlomo Mintz, István Várdai, Itamar Golan, Ida Haendel, Håvard Gimse and Christian Ihle Hadland. She is a regular guest to many of Norway’s leading festivals including the Risør, Elverum and the Oslo Chamber Music Festivals and is currently the Artistic Director of Valdres Sommersymfoni. On top of that she has established the Edvard Munch Ensemble.

Guro was recently appointed as concertmaster of the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, starting in April 2018. Guro is a prize winner of numerous international competitions, including EMCY’s prize for Music in the Menuhin Competition 2010 and the 2nd prize in the Eurovision Young Musician Competition in Vienna 2010. She has also received the Arve Tellefsen Musicians Prize (2014), the Statoil talent scholarship in classical music (2013), the Norwegian Soloist Award (2010), the Prinz-von-Hessen-Preis in Kronberg (2009), and was celebrated as Norway’s Young Musician of the year at the age of fourteen (2008). Guro just finished her studies with Antje Weithaas at the ͞Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler͟ in Berlin, after several years of studying with Stephan Barratt-Due and Alf Richard Kraggerud at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

In 2016 she was chosen to take part in the Crescendo mentorship programme. This is a programme for outstanding musicians on the verge of an international career and is a joint venture between the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen International Festival, and the Barratt Due Institute of Music. Guro plays on a C. Bergonzi, also known as the ͞Kreisler-Bergonzi͟ kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.




Eivind Ringstad

Foto; Nikolaj Lund


Eivind Ringstad is the latest talent to emerge from a new, golden generation of Scandinavian musicians. In 2016 he was chosen to join the world’s most prestigious training programme for experienced classical musicians: the BBC’s New Generation Artists Scheme.

Previously, Eivind has been selected as a Borletti-Buitoni fellow and a member of the Crescendo mentorship programme initiated by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Barratt Due Institute, under the guidance of Leif Ove Andsnes. He has also received the Arve Tellefsen Prize, the Øyvind Berghs Memorial Prize, the Karoline Prize and the Statoil Award. In 2012 he was named Eurovision Young Musician in Vienna.

In the Nordic region, Eivind’s career is on the ascendant. In the 2016-2017 season he made his debut with the Oslo Phil and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Philharmonic as well as London Sinfonietta. This season includes debut in Wigmore Hall as well as performances with BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Wales.

Eivind is a prolific chamber musician and has been a regular fixture on Norway’s thriving chamber music scene for some years. He regularly appears at the Bergen International Festival but is also a regular guest at Prussia Cove and Baroniet Rosendal. He has collaborated with some of the most distinguished chamber musicians around, among them Leif Ove Andsnes, Janine Jansen, Alisa Weilerstein, Jonathan Biss, Henning Kraggerud, Christian Ihle Hadland, Lars Anders Tomter, Itamar Golan and Håvard Gimse.

Eivind was born in 1994 and he started to play the violin at the age 5, moving to the viola as his main instrument nine years later. He plays a Guadagnini instrument dating from 1768, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

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