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BOKNYHET! - 10.01.2018

Bodoni Forlag i Bergen, kjent for en rekke kulturhistoriske utgivelser, har utgitt boken

FØLGESVENNER - Bilder fra en utvikling

Forfatteren er Kjell Wernøe, grunnlegger og daglig leder av Pro Arte International Management.

Boken er hans tilbakeblikk på det norske og internasjonale musikklivet som han har vært en del av de siste generasjonene.

Han har vokst opp og arbeidet i miljøer preget av personligheter i kultur-og samfunnsliv. Dette har gitt ham verdifulle impulser og retning for liv og virke.

I boken forteller han om møter og samarbeid med mennesker og virksomheter gjennom en epoke preget av store kulturelle,sosiale og politiske endringer.

I bokhandelen eller fra forlaget
ISBN 978-7128-947-8 Kr. 349,-


The Arctic Philharmonic and Henning Kraggerud extend collaboration for three more years Published: 16th June,2016


Internationally renowned virtuoso violinist Henning Kraggerud has been Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra since 2012. His contract was recently extended for another three years and both parties are thrilled.

“Yes!” from the orchestra
“The musicians in the orchestra are very satisfied,” says violinist and Concertmaster, Brynjar Lien Schulerud. “No one had any objections to extending the collaboration and there was no need for lengthy discussions. Instead, there was just ‘Yes!’ from everyone.”

The orchestra likes the positive way Kraggerud works.

“The way Henning works is completely unique. He always has a positive focus! Henning is always searching for how inspired, how extreme and how wonderful we can be. He’s very excited about what he does and he has an amazing glow that rubs off on the whole orchestra,” says Concertmaster Schulerud. “I can’t imagine anyone who could possibly be more suitable.”

More depth
“This is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to continuing this collaboration,” says Kraggerud. “Ever since I agreed to be Artistic Director here, I have perceived the role as being extremely rewarding. Before taking on this role, I was mostly a soloist and travelled from one orchestra to another. That was exciting but it could also be rather superficial and hectic. When I was given responsibility for the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, I was given a unique opportunity to work with the same group of people over a longer period, as both Artistic Director and soloist, and that provides far greater depth,” says the star violinist.

Kraggerud’s manager, Kjell Wernø, has the following comment about the continued collaboration: “When I entered into an agreement with the Arctic Philharmonic in August 2011 about Henning Kraggerud being the new Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra, one of the objectives was Henning’s responsibility for the strategic, long-term development of the ensemble. The results came rapidly and there is no doubt that was the right choice, which has been confirmed by the extension of the agreement.”

Impressed by the musicians:
“They are highly motivated and are really willing to work hard and constantly develop,” says Kraggerud. “I really appreciate this, and when we achieve such good results the musicians and I are so happy. We have a common ‘drive’ that’s completely unique,” says an enthusiastic Kraggerud.

He notes that his work with the Arctic Philharmonic has made its mark at home too. “My wife often says that “you’re always in such a good mood when you are going up to work in Tromsø” and that’s quite accurate!”

Large network
Henning Kraggerud is a highly sought-after soloist and has played at the Proms several time, most recently with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He plays all over the world and his calendar is extremely full. He has built up a large, international network. Kraggerud is also actively involved in decisions relating to the programming of concerts and which guests to invite.

“I use my network actively in order to achieve exciting and inspiring constellations,” says Kraggerud.

This is confirmed by Schulerud, who adds: “Henning’s network is amazing and it helps us to make contact with other top soloists and conductors.”

World-class orchestra
Kraggerud is unsure whether everyone in Tromsø is actually aware that they have a world-class orchestra in their own city. “I must say that the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra is in the very top ranks among orchestras and is really talented, so the entire North Norwegian region should be natural supporters and proud of their unbelievable orchestra.”

“People I talk to around the world – in Australia, America and Asia – are often stunned by the orchestra’s quality when I give them our recordings, which is fun,” says a proud Artistic Director.


A manuscript copy of a violin concerto by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935) has been rediscovered in a Canadian university music library.

The concerto, dedicated to the Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow, was believed lost for more than a century.

The 21st-century premiere of the concerto will take place on 3rd July 2016 at the closing concert of Risør Chamber Music Fest,  and the day after in Stavanger, as part of the International Musicological Society’s annual conference. Soloist will be violinist Henning Kraggerud with an extended Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Bjarte Engeset, both artists involved in editing the manuscript.


The Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester has appointed Norwegian virtuoso Henning Kraggerud to the position of ‘International Chair of Violin’.
A student of Camilla Wicks, Emanuel Hurwitz and Stephan Barratt-Due, Henning, 41 is recognised as one of Norway’s most outstanding international artists – having performed regularly on some of the world’s most prestigious concert platforms.
“When the RNCM asked me to be their International Chair of Violin, I felt very honoured” Henning has said, ”… I find the atmosphere at this college splendid … [with] inspired and accomplished students and certainly a place I like to teach and play.”
“I have observed Henning Kraggerud working with our students on several occasions: his vibrant artistry and boundless energy are a real source of inspiration,” Chris Hoyle, Head of the School of Strings has said.
Henning, who in addition serves a Professorship at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, in Oslo will commence his appointment in September 2015.

JOACHIM CARR - PRIZE - 21.04.2015
During a solo recital in Oslo University Aula, celebrating him as triple prize winner of the 14. International Grieg Piano Competition in October 2014, pianist Joachim Carr received the prestigious Norwegian "Pianist Robert Levin Prize" for 2015 and "Pianist Nils Larsens Legacy for 2015".

Joachim Carr performance of Schumann Piano Concerto with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the finale of the Grieg Competition, securing him 1 Prize.+ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Prize + Audience Prize:

Pianist Joachim Carr - On behalf of Pro Arte International Management  I am proud to announce having put pen to paper for General & World Management  with  Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr (26), joining the roster of some of the finest Norwegian international  classical artists.At the closing concert  of  the 14th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition on 18th October,  Carrs performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  secured him  the competition's  First Prize of € 30.000, the Audience Prize and the  Bergen Philharmonic Musicians' prize, each of  them €1.000,  as well as concert engagements and a CD recording. The competition attracted 24 pianists from 16 nations, all of them  on a very high artistic level.- I have known and observed Carr's  artistic and human development since he was very young. Today he is really approaching  the very first line of todays performers. Pro Arte is  also representing Carr in duo with his partner, outstanding violinist Diana Tishchenko. His Debut album, featuring works by Schumann, Brahms and Berg, was released in December 2014 on the Swiss label Claves.
Press kit (with track listening):

Kjell Wernøe - Director Pro Arte International Management

Pianist Joachim Carr
- Jeg  har gleden  å kunne melde  å ha signert pianisten Joachim Carr for general/world-management med Pro Arte International Management, agenturet for noen av Norges aller fremste klassiske utøvere.  Carr er  1.pris vinner av den 14. Edvard Grieg Internasjonale Pianokonkurranse som fant sted i Bergen i oktober 2014. Under konkurransens finalekonsert  med Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, fremførte  Carr  Robert  Schumanns Klaverkonsert og sikret ham både 1.prisen i konkurransen, publikumsprisen  og musikerne i Bergen Filharmoniske Orkesters pris for beste fremførelse av finalekonserten. Konkurransen presenterte 24 pianister fra 16 nasjoner,- all på et særdeles høyt nivå.- Jeg har opplevet Carr's utvikling siden han var ganske ung, og er overbevist om at han idag står på spranget til en betydelig  internasjonal  virksomhet  som kunstner, Pro Arte  representerer også hans partner, den fremragende fiolinisten Diana Tischenko i fiolin & klaverduo med Carr.
Hans Debut-CD med verker av Schumann, Brahms og Berg kom ut på det svetsiske label Claves i desember 2014.
Presseinformasjon (med lytteeksempler):

Kjell Wernøe - Direktør Pro Arte Internastional Management

Bjarte Engeset's recording of Edvard Grieg's operafragments : "Olav Trygvason" and "Sigurd Jorsalfar ", (Naxos 8.573045) a New York Times 2013 favorite!

Each of New York Times' five classical music critics has selected their personal five favorite classical recordings of 2013. Bjarte Engeset's recording of Edvard Grieg's operafragments : "Olav Trygvason" and "Sigurd Jorsalfar ", (Naxos 8.573045), is one of Anthony Tommasini’s five 2013 favorites. The album is the seventh and final volume in Naxos' comprehensive "Grieg Edition", an historic recording project led by Bjarte Engeset, presenting the complete orchestra music by Edvard Grieg, supplied with orchestrated piano pieces.

GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Works (Complete) (8-CD Boxed Set) is one of Klaus Heymann, Chairman of Naxos, choiced albums 2014 :

The «Grieg Edition» volumes are:
1. Concert Ouverture «In Autumn» / Piano concerto / Symphonic Dances 
Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Håvard Gimse (piano) (8.557279)
2. Orchestrated Piano Pieces: Slåtter / Norwegian Dances / Funeral March / The Bridal Procession Passes By / Ballade / Ringing Bells 
Royal Scottish National Orchestra. (8.557854)
3. Symphony in C / Old Norwegian Romance with Variations / Three Orchestral Pieces from «Sigurd Jorsalfar» 
Malmø Symphony Orchestra (8.557991)
4. Peer Gynt Suites No 1 & 2 / Four Poems / The First Meeting / The Mountain Thrall / Six Orchestral Songs. Inger Dam-Jensen,Palle Knudsen,Malmø Symphony Orchestra (8.570236)
5. Peer Gynt (Complete Incidental Music) / Before a Southern Convent / Bergliot (2 CD’s)
Soloists, Malmø Chamber Choir, Malmø Symphony Orchestra (8.570871-2)
6. Music for String Orchestra: Two Elegiac Melodies / Two Melodies for String Orchestra / From Holbergs Time / Two Lyric Pieces / Two Nordic Melodies / Lyric Suite
Malmø Symphony Orchestra (8.572403)
7. Land-Sighting / Two Choruses from Sigurd Jorsalfar / Incidental Music from Sigurd Jorsalfar / Scenes from Olav Trygvason / Neupert:Resignation (Orchestrated by Grieg)
Malmø Symphony Orchestra, Malmø Opera Orchestra, Soloists, Malmø Chamber Choir, Lund Student Singers, Malmø Opera Chorus (8.573045)

Miriam Helms Ålien – Final Prize Winner!

On 28th November 2012 Norwegian violinist Miriam Helms Aalien won the final of the prestigious ”Princess Astrid Music Prize”.
The Princess Astrid Music Prize for young Nordic musicians 2012 is a Nordic music competition for young VOLINISTS under the patronage of Princess Astrid and with support from the Ministry of Culture and arranged by Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.
- I am very happy and grateful to have won the competition, said a very touched Miriam, receiving NOK 200.000 and a soloist engagement with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.
Miriam was born in Alta in 1991, and is currently master student at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. She has been soloist with orchestras and festivals at home and abroad, including the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
She is also a dedicated chamber musician, with concerts at the Festival in Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim Chamber Music Festival Chamber Music Festival.

Grieg: Violin Concertos

Grieg never wrote a violin concerto! What to do for an ambitious artistic orchestra leader? Henning Kraggerud and the cellist/arranger Bernt Simen Lund have rearranged Griegs three violinsonatas to orchestra format! This brave initiative is exactly what Grieg himself practised rearranging own works for new instrument combinations or use. The world-premiere took place in Tromsø, Arctic capital of Norway at Tromsø Chamber Orchestra’s "Griegfest" on 29th November 2012.
The result of this music-historic event was met with ovations from the audience, filling Tromsø Culture House near to the brim.

The newspaper «Tromsø» agree: Grieg-Without doubt.
"Henning Kraggerud is a remarkable violinist with great integrety. And Tromsø Chamber Orchestra is high class. To those who did not to attend the concert: You may look forward to hear Grieg’s three "Violinconcertos" on CD." 
(To be recorded for NAXOS by Henning Kraggerud & Tromsø Chamber Orchestra in January 2013)

Conductor Bjarte Engeset performedworks by Kodaly, Bartok, Grieg, Enescu with the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, NRPO, attheir subscription concert on January 12,2012 in Moscow Tsjaikovsky Hall.Maestro Engeset has previously successfully conducted NRPOand othermajor Russian orchestras like St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the latter at the Austrian Woerthersee Festival.

All of Engesets more than 30 albums recorded for Naxos havinggained highest critics valuations by leading international music publications & newspapers. Many of the albums have earned long-time position on Naxos’ 40bestseller list as well. Take a look at the reviews ofrecent released albums:  

Ludvig Irgens-Jensen: Symphony in d/Air/Passacaglia(Bournemouth Symphony)
Grieg:Music for String Orchestra / Malmø Symphony
Nordic Violin Favourites w/Henning Kraggerud / DalaSinfonietta  

The dedicatee of the bayan concerto "Fachwerk" composed in 2009 is Geir Draugsvoll, (, world acclaimed Norwegian bayanist living in Copenhagen. Draugsvoll presented the world premieres in 2009 in Gent (Belgium) and Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Netherland) with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Recent national premieres 2011 performed by Draugsvoll has included succesfull and critically acclaimed performancesduring 2011 withPortuguese Chamber Orchestra (Lisbon), Kammerakademie Potsdam (Germany) TrondheimSoloists (Alicante), Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Norway), Camerata Nordica (Tour of Sweden) and London Symphony Orchestra (Luxembourg, Frankfurt & London, Valery Gergiev-conducting)).Most recent performedby Geir Draugsvoll and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra / Valery Gergiev / at theSt.Petersburg XX White Nights Festival 2012. TV clip and interviews at:

NAXOS celebrate Sofia Gubaidulina’s distinguished career and her 80th anniversary with a world premiere CD recording of "Fachwerk".  
List of reviews:



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