Young soloists of Norway take on London

The highly respected Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo brings a number of young Norwegian soloists along with world-renowned musicians Henning Kraggerud and Soon-Mi Chung to London for two concerts in London in September.

Barratt Due - unge solister

The Barratt Due Institute of Music, which was founded in 1927 by pianist Mary Barratt Due and violinist Henrik Due, has played a central role in music education in Norway for almost 80 years. Drawing on a more continental frame of reference than is usually found in Norway, children, young people and adult students are all taught under the same roof. With its three departments, the Music School Department, the Young Talent Department and the Music College Department, the institute is perhaps conforming to the founders’ motto “Music from kindergarten to concert stage” more closely than ever before.

Through the Young Talent Department, the institute wishes to create an environment that fosters the expansive development of young musicians. The department has undergone constant development, and as a result of the competence accumulated from many years of experience, the Barratt Due Institute of Music is today regarded as one of the leading developers of talented musicians in Europe. In recent years, the department’s pupils have done remarkably well in many national and international contexts, such as competitions, festivals and concerts.

Stephan Barratt-Due, principal and artistic director with the Barratt Due Institute of Music said of the London concerts: “We are proud to be able to present 90 young, talented musicians in London, a musical metropolis of the world. We are grateful to all those who are opening their doors to us, both concert venues and educational institutions. We hope that new ties will be forged and that our visit will help to reinforce people’s belief in a vibrant future for classical music. We should particularly like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported us, sponsors, the Norwegian authorities through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Norwegian Embassy in London.”

The first concert, entitled ‘Strings of Norway’, at St. John’s Smith Square, will feature Soon-Mi Chung and Alf Richard Kraggerud. The second concert, at Wigmore Hall, includes Barratt Due Junior Orchestra and Henning Kraggerud Violin.

Friday 22 September 7.30pm

Barratt Due Institute of Music Presents Strings of Norway

St. John’s,

Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Soon-Mi Chung

Since an extraordinary violin debut in 1982, violinist and violist Chung has performed extensively, including soloist appearances with all the Norwegian symphony orchestras and toured in most of the Central European countries as well as in Asia, South America, India and the USA. Soon-Mi has been a key-member on the faculty of Barratt Due since 1984. She initiated and started the junior orchestra, and has been on the forefront in developing the ‘Young Talents’ department.

Alf Richard Kraggerud

Alf Richard Kraggerud is one of Norway’s leading violin teachers, especially well known for his work with the young. He is also a much sought after conductor. Since 1999 Alf Richard’s main function has been as leader of the ‘Young Talents’ section at the Barratt Due Institute of Music. Over the last 10 years his pupils have won more than a hundred music prizes nationally and internationally.

Saturday 23 September 7.30pm

Barratt Due Institute of Music Presents international prize-winners Young Soloists of Norway with world-renown violinist Henning Kraggerud

Wigmore Hall

36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Henning Kraggerud, Violin

Henning Kraggerud, is one of Scandinavia’s most important young artists. He has already performed with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony, Stockholm Radio and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester as well as many of the British orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Halle and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Barratt Due Junior Orchestra

Since its foundation in 1986 Barratt Due’s Junior Orchestra has been the centre for development of young string players in Norway. The Junior Orchestra has performed at most of the Norwegian music festivals, and has acquired a reputation that reaches far outside musical circles. Its members are between 12 and 18 years old and in the wake of the orchestra’s development a number of new string orchestras have been born at the Barratt Due.


· Ravel: Jeux d'eau
· Svendsen: Octet for strings
· Grieg: Andante con moto in c-minor for piano trio
· Shostakovich: Piano trio No. 1 in C-minor Op. 8
· Bach: Violin Concerto in A-minor and works by Cassado, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Nordheim, Prokofiev and Friedman

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