Trondheim Soloists

Andreas Brantelid, violoncello

15. - 20.10.2018: Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria

Edvard Grieg: Aus Holbergs Zeit - Suite im alten Stil für Streichorchester op. 40

Joseph Haydn: Cellokonzert C-Dur


Aulis Sallinen: Chamber Music III - The Nocturnal Dances of Don Juan Quixote op. 58 (1983)

Benjamin Britten: Variationen über ein Thema von Frank Bridge

Trondheim Soloists

Passion. Perfection. Pure intensity. With these fundamentals, the chamber orchestra The Trondheim Soloists is carving out its own musical territory.

The orchestra was founded in 1988 to give the best music students in Trondheim an opportunity to play together and to gain concert experience. It has since established itself as one of the most distinguished ensembles in Norway, and has won international recognition for its own distinctively open and clear orchestral sound, described by the British music magazine "Classic FM" as "The Trondheim Sound".

Anne-Sophie Mutter was inspired by the energy and verve of the ensemble, Leif Ove Andsnes drew on their suppleness and sensitivity, and folk and rock musicians discovered the openness and versatility of the classical music group.

The promotion of Norwegian and contemporary music is also an important concern of the Trondheim soloists. Meanwhile, the musicians have premiered over 50 works written especially for the ensemble.

The cellist Oyvind Gimse was Artistic Director of the Trondheim Soloists from 2002 to 2017. Since this season violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg has held this position. Lotsberg studied with Sandor Vegh and Ana Chumachenco and was a founding member of the Oslo String Quartet. He is one of the most active chamber musicians in Norway and has appeared as a soloist with the Camerata Salzburg, Oslo Philharmonic and Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Geir Inge Lotsberg is a sought-after concertmaster and has performed regularly with the Trondheim Soloists since 2005.

The Trondheim Soloists have recorded more than 50 albums on labels such as 2L, Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music, Grappa and Naxos, including Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Anne-Sophie Mutter, "Divertimenti", "In Folk Style" and "Souvenir". In three years, the ensemble also received five Grammy nominations.

Season 2017/18

Andreas Brantelid, violoncello

Andreas Brantelid was born in Copenhagen in 1987 to Swedish/Danish parents. After receiving early tuition from his father Ingemar, Andreas made his soloist debut at the age of 14 in a performance of the Elgar concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen. Today, Andreas is one of the most sought-after performing artists from Scandinavia, winning worldwide critical acclaim for his thought-provoking interpretations, uniquely colorful sound and engaging personality.

Highlights of recent orchestra engagements includes appearances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bamberg Symphony, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. He is in demand with international orchestras and collaborates with numerous conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Thomas Dausgaard, Pablo Heras-Casado, Andrew Manze, Jonathan Nott, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Robin Ticciati.

Highlights of the current season are appearances with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Bamberg Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, a recital at Dresdner Musikfestspiele and a tour to China with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

As chamber musician he performs at Beethovenfest Bonn, Bozar Brussels, Bergen Festival among others. With the Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland Andreas Brantelid presents the complete cello sonatas by Beethoven.

Among the musicians who inspired and strongly influenced Andreas are pianist Bengt Forsberg and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf, both of whom Andreas Brantelid has played with since 2002 in different chamber music formats. Andreas has also collaborated with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Vadim Repin, Nikolaj Znaider, Lawrence Power and Paul Badura-Skoda. Recently he has formed a piano trio with violinist Veronika Eberle and pianist Shai Wosner.

Andreas Brantelid has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mozarteum Salzburg and Konzerthaus Dortmund.He also performed at festivals including Verbier, Lockenhaus, Jerusalem, Bad Kissingen, Dresden, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Stavanger, Bergen, Risør, Kuhmo and Wiener Festwochen, and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society New York.  

His discography includes the cello concertos by Schumann, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikoysky for EMI, chamber music by Chopin, complete works for violoncello and piano by Edvard Grieg as well as Gabriel Fauré for BIS and the CD “Encore”.

Andreas won first prizes in the 2006 Eurovison Young Musicians Competion, the 2007 International Paulo Cello Competition and is winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2008. From 2008-2011 he was a BBC New Generation Artist and a part of The European Concert Hall Organization "Rising Star" tour in 2008/09. In 2015 he received the Carl Nielsen scholarship in Copenhagen.

Andreas plays the 1707 ‘Boni-Hegar’ Stradivarius, lend by generous support of the Norwegian art collector Christen Sveaas.

Season 2017/18

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  • CD: Mozart Violin Concertos with Marianne Thorsen

    "Listening to these performances, I felt I understood for the first time one of the most alluring but ambiguous concepts of orchestral sound: its relationship to geography. The orchestra’s pure, breezy performances of Mozart concertos put me in mind of Norway – of clean air, emotional simplicity and the rigours of outdoor life."

    Classic FM

  • Bartok Divertimento and Britten 'Frank Bridge Variations'

    The first movement was full of motoric energy and sharp accents. At times, it turned into an indulging salon music sound, which was again contrasted with high-energy. (...) It was a great joy to watch, particularly the violin players moving like one body (...) The Trondheim Soloists proved themselves once again as a charismatic, intelligent as well as an impetuous musical ensemble.

    Bachtrack, Julia Zupancic, 15.02.2015