Ragnhild Hemsing’s unique upbringing, deeply immersed in the rich folk music traditions of Norway enables her to be one of the first artists to successfully merge the instantly identifiable characteristics of Norwegian folk and classical performance. She supplements her large repertoire of standard solo classical works for violin with more unusual and complex works written for the Hardanger Fiddle. She also actively seeks opportunities to perform works by contemporary Norwegian composers who specifically draw on folk traditions in their music.
She has appeared with a large number of orchestras, a.o. Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, the Minnesota Orchestra, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Kazan State Orchestra in Russia. Ragnhild Hemsing plays on a Francesco Ruggeri-Violine built in Cremona in 1694 kindly on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation.
(Photo: Thor Østbye)