Internationally aspiring Norwegian violinist has been granted one-year scholarship to support long-term artistic development
Nottuln (Germany) and Valdres (Norway), July 2, 2017 – The first scholarship of the Germany-based Göhde Foundation has been granted to Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing.
Eldbjørg Hemsing, born in Valdres, started playing the violin at the age of five and studied at the prestigious Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo as well as with the renowned Professor Boris Kuschnir in Vienna. Among the highlights of the last seasons, were Eldbjørg’s performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, directly televised for all European countries, her debut recording of Shostakovich violin concerto no. 1 and Borgström violin concerto with the Wiener Symphoniker and conductor Olari Elts and an all Czech album with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Buribayev, both recordings being released as Super Audio CDs (SACDs) within the next months by BIS records, renowned for superb audio quality.
“We have had the chance to follow the impressive development of Eldbjørg already since the year 2013”, says Roland Göhde, member of the board and co-founder of Göhde Foundation. “It is very obvious that this young, extraordinary talent actually is on the jump to an internationally highly successful career. By granting this scholarship, our foundation intends to support and facilitate the next, absolutely decisive steps in Eldbjørg’s career and to contribute bringing the unique combination of utmost remarkable technical skills and a fantastic violin sound to a broader publicity.”
“I am so incredibly happy and humble to receive this generous support from the Göhde Foundation. Having this kind of support is defining for any artist’s career, but more than anything it gives so much encouragement and inspiration to continue the musical journey. I cannot wait to see where this will take me”, comments Eldbjørg Hemsing. “What makes the Göhde Foundation so special is the dedication, enthusiasm and unfiltered joy for music, and I am so grateful for the opportunity the foundation has provided me.”
The granting of this first scholarship, lasting from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018, marks the launch of the Göhde Foundation’s only recently established activity pillar in music focusing on talent support of gifted young musicians, especially in context to soloist and concert careers.
About Eldbjørg Hemsing:
Eldbjørg Hemsing has established herself as one of the most exciting violinists of her generation. Since her orchestra solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at age 11, she has already performed with orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Ireland, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and many more.
Eldbjørg Hemsing is continually praised for her ability to connect with the audience. She has received a number of prizes and distinctions, among them Audience Prize at the Verbier Festival in 2006, 1st Prize and Audience Prize in the Virtuos Competition in Norway and Audience Prize in the ’Young Musicians 2008’ final in Vienna. Eldbjørg Hemsing is a recipient of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra’s prize for Promising Young Artists and the Norwegian Soloist Prize.
Since making her debut performance for the Norwegian Royal Family at the at the age of six, Eldbjørg Hemsing has regularly performed during State visits for the King of Norway.
About Göhde Foundation:
While having been founded end of 2012 with a focus on projects in Africa, targeted to diligently improving the life situation of people through safe water supply e.g. by creating new water wells, contributing to basic healthcare and to support education, in the year 2017 the charitable Göhde Foundation has established a second activity pillar within the area of music.
“Göhde Foundation: Music” engages itself in supporting musicians and music activities as important part of the arts & culture and sponsoring music-related education. The goals of the foundation are being realized by talent support of gifted young musicians, especially in context to soloist and concert careers, granting of advancement awards and scholarships and support of educative music projects with a focus on integrative and holistic approaches for children, adolescents and young adults.