Henning Kraggerud

Henning Kraggerud

“Kraggerud's playing is consistently marvellous”

The Arts Desk

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Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is known for his deep natural musicianship, which, combined with his virtuosity and beauty of tone, has earned him the esteem of his musical colleagues as well as the admiration of audiences worldwide. His versatility and collaborative nature bring him to the concert stage as concerto soloist, play/director, chamber musician and recitalist. An accomplished improviser, Henning also composes his own music, performing many of his own works, arrangements and cadenzas in concert.


Full Biography

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with a tenure recently extended to 2020.

Henning’s extraordinary reach as an artist is a result of his versatility and passion for music, as well as the easy virtuosity and beauty of his performances. His teaching and educational writings provide fascinating insights into his approach to music-making, while his composing, arranging and improvising – frequently bringing his own works into the concert hall – recall the spirit of the old masters such as Fritz Kreisler and Eugène Ysaÿe. Alongside these talents is the genuine quality of Henning’s playing, and his ability to draw in listeners with an unusual sweetness of tone and naturally intelligent expression.

Henning is invited time and again to join many of the world’s most significant orchestras, this season including the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras, as well as the Danish National Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Macao Orchestra. Also this season he makes debuts with the Brussels Philharmonic and the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna.

Henning is a prolific composer with more than 200 works to his name; among the ensembles that have commissioned or premiered his works are the Brodsky Quartet and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, while the Britten Sinfonia gave the first performance of Henning’s The Last Leaf for violin and chamber orchestra in 2014. In the same year, Henning’s reputation as a composer was sealed by the premiere of Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra. This work was composed as a musical counterpart to a story specially written by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder, and has been hailed as “a fascinating composition to return to over and over again” (MusicWeb International).

At the 2016 Risør Chamber Music Festival, Henning gave the 21st century premiere of the Johan Halvorsen Violin Concerto with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. The work was originally premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic with Kathleen Parlow in 1909, and subsequently considered lost until its re-discovery over 100 years later. Henning gives further performances of the work this season with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras.

Henning regularly performs both on violin and viola at major festivals and venues; recent collaborations have taken place at Wigmore Hall, Bruges Concertgebouw and Berlin Konzerthaus, with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Lawrence Power, Leif Ove Andsnes, Natalie Clein, Christian Poltéra and Jeremy Menuhin. This season, Henning performs with Imogen Cooper and Adrian Brendel at London’s Kings Place, and is featured at Budapest’s kamara.hu festival, Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and West Cork Chamber Music Festival. His regular recital partners include Christian Ihle Hadland, Håvard Gimse and Kathryn Stott.

Henning’s eclectic discography includes many recordings on the Naxos label, the most recent being Mozart Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5 with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, on a disc which includes Henning’s own cadenzas. The CD was chosen as Classic FM’s Album of the Week, NDR Kultur’s CD of the Week, Editor’s Choice in Classical Music Magazine, Recommended in The Strad, and featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review where it was hailed as “so alive with such engaging articulation”, as well as receiving critical acclaim in all the major written press.

In 2013, also on Naxos, Henning released Grieg’s three sonatas, arranged for violin and chamber orchestra by Henning and Bernt Simen Lund. For Simax, Henning has recorded the complete unaccompanied violin sonatas of Ysaÿe, on a disc which won the prestigious Spellemann CD award, and for the ACT label, he released a disc entitled Last Spring which explored improvisations on Norwegian folk music with jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. Henning also appeared in a major television and cinema documentary about the Norwegian 19th century violin virtuoso and composer, Ole Bull, and received the Ole Bull Prize in 2007.

Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize and in 2007 was awarded the Sibelius Prize for his interpretations and recording of Sibelius’ music around the world. Henning is a Professor at the Barratt Due music conservatoire in Oslo, where he play/directs the Oslo Camerata. As from September 2015, he is International Chair in Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Henning Kraggerud plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù, provided by Dextra Musica AS. This company is founded by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

Artist Website: http://www.henningkraggerud.com/

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ECHO Klassik award for Henning Kraggerud

July 28th, 2017

Kraggerud and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra win the award for their recording of Mozart Violin Concertos

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Summer in Italy

July 12th, 2016

Hazard Chase artists perform across the country.

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Kraggerud’s contract with Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra renewed

June 17th, 2016

Henning Kraggerud’s postition as Artistic Director has been confirmed for a further three years

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Major CD release for Henning Kraggerud

June 10th, 2016

Violinist to release Mozart Concertos 3, 4 and 5 on the Naxos label

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Oslo in the UK

March 2nd, 2016

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud to join Oslo Philharmonic on their UK tour

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Grieg Sonatas with Håvard Gimse, Wigmore Hall

“Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is clearly a native speaker when it comes to Grieg … Kraggerud brings an ideal fluency that allows him to integrate the folk idioms into the music’s otherwise classical discourse. His tone is robust and, when required, impressively muscular.”

The Arts Desk (February 2016)

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Bruch Violin Concerto (Auckland Symphony Orchestra)

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud injected the well-worn grooves of Bruch’s G minor Concerto with the freshness of an early morning on the fjords.

New Zealand Herald (October 2015)

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Bruch Violin Concerto and Kraggerud Variation Suite encore (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)

Some of the most delightful concert moments occur in the encores — when spontaneity and surprises overrule the strictures of the printed program…

… Kraggerud chose one of his own pieces as an encore, following an ovation for his concerto performance. The encore was a sparkling, folk-influenced violin-cello duo called “Variation Suite,” performed with the symphony’s principal cellist, Efe Baltacigil. The two players clicked as if they had been rehearsing together for months, not hours, and were ready to take the duo on the road. Members of the audience roared their approval and headed out for intermission still wearing appreciative smiles.

Seattle Times (November 2013)

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Nielsen Violin Concerto (BBC Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Litton: BBC Proms)

“Nielsen’s ambitiously conceived violin concerto followed, with the Norwegian soloist Henning Kraggerud making an instant impression with his very forward account of the work’s early cadenza.  The openness and commitment of Kraggerud’s playing maintained the tension through the concerto’s darker pages and made a compelling case for what is a surprisingly neglected score.”

Martin Kettle, The Guardian (September 2015)

“it was good to hear his Violin Concerto played by a soloist as sprightly as Henning Kraggerud. Halfway through the second movement he took off his jacket, throwing it on the floor, but nothing impeded the silvery beauties leaping from his violin.”

Geoff Brown, The Times (September 2015)

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Schubert Piano Trios with Imogen Cooper and Adrian Brendel, King’s Place, 16th May 2015

“I would certainly rate tonight’s renditions amongst the best, and it is hoped that Cooper, Brendel and Kraggerud will record these splendid trios.”

“…hearing this superb trio of musicians live in this extraordinary music was a most compelling and memorable experience.”

Geoff Diggines (May 2015)

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Discography & Repertoire

Henning Kraggerud – EQUINOX

Henning Kraggerud and the Arctic Philharmonic perform Henning’s composition Equinox – 24 postludes in all keys for violin and chamber orchestra

SIMAX (2015)


Munch Suite features fifteen works for solo violin by various composers to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the painter Edvard Munch.

SIMAX (2013)


Edvard Grieg’s three sonatas orchestrated by Henning Kraggerud and Bernt Simen Lund, performed with Tromsø Chamber Orchestra

NAXOS (2013)

Artist Manager

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