Marianne Thorsen was born in Trondheim, Norway, in 1972. She began playing the violin and piano four years old and continued in London with Felicity Lipman, and later
at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), with György Pauk where she received her diploma 1st class honours. She is currently a professor at RAM.
She has been a soloist with many orchestras, including Symphonisches Orchester Berlin, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Helios Sinfonia. Recent
highlights have been soloist engagements with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Ion Marin and Ivor Bolton, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Paul Watkins, Norwegian
Broadcasting and Trondheim Symphony Orch. under Georg Mark, Walter Weller and Gregor Bühl, Oslo Philharmonic Orch. under Ari Rasilainen and Eivind Aadland,
Baden-Badener Philharmonie under Golo Berg, Philharmon. Orchester Südwestfalen under Ernst van Tiel, Prague Philharmony under Shlomo Mintz and Orchestre de la
Suisse Romande under Louis Langree with Beethoven, Berg, Saint-Saëns nr 3, Glasunow, Mendelssohn, Lasse Thoresen and Johan Kvandal violin concertos.
Thorsen has won several prizes, including the Carl F. Flesch Outstanding Merit Prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition 1992 and the Emily English Award in
1995. She was officially chosen by the Norwegian Concert Institute as the Young Musician of the Year 1998. In 2003 she won the 1. prize at Concours International de
Violon de Sion-Valais.
Thorsen is a member of the Leopold String Trio and in 2000 she was appointed 1st violin of the Nash Ensemble of London.
She plays on a Pressenda violin made in 1841 in Turin.