Hardanger fiddle player and vocalist Benedicte Maurseth is a well-established and esteemed performer and composer on Norway’s folk music scene. Maurseth studied with Hardanger fiddle master Knut Hamre, and came to wider attention in 2007 as Norway’s ‘Young Folk Musician of the Year’.
Maurseth has devoted much of her career to solo folk music performances but she is also working closely with many of the leading artists across genres, especially within early music. She has also focused on work with writers and actors including Jon Fosse, Svein Tindberg and Anne Marit Jacobsen as well as musicians Knut Hamre, Nils Økland, Berit Opheim and Gabriel Fliflet.
Maurseth had a deep interest in baroque instruments and has for several years worked with fiddles dating back to the 1700s. She use gut strings and Baroque bows and has lately also begun to explore the viola d’amore. She has toured extensively as a soloist and in collaboration with others, both in Norway and internationally.
2014 saw the international release of her new album ‘Over Tones’ with Åsne Valland Nordli on Germany’s ECM label.