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 co-Artistic Director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music and Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

Henning’s esteemed position as an artist originates from his intelligent expression and impressive virtuosity combined with an unusually colourful tone. A natural and instinctive artist, he consistently draws audiences and critics towards the genuine quality of his playing.

Such is Henning’s musicianship that he is invited time and again to join many of the world’s most significant orchestras and conductors. In February 2012, he stepped in at late notice to perform two concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, gaining 5-star praise in the UK press. In August of the same year, he made a critically acclaimed debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Nicolas McGegan at the Hollywood Bowl. More recent highlights include the Vienna Chamber and Gulbenkian orchestras and a UK tour with SWR Stuttgart and Stéphane Denève. Return engagements took Henning to the Danish National Symphony under Thomas Dausgaard, the Hallé with Sir Mark Elder and the London Philharmonic with Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Henning also made his debut with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra under Gunther Herbig and directed ‘Eight Seasons’ by Vivaldi and Piazzolla with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

The current season sees Henning join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton at the BBC Proms, following a critically acclaimed Proms debut in 2010. He performs with the Auckland Philharmonia and Minnesota and Seattle Symphony orchestras, makes his Warsaw concerto debut with the NFM Symphony Orchestra and tours the UK with the Oslo Philharmonic. In a play/direct capacity Henning appears with the Tallinn Chamber and Portugese Symphony orchestras among others.

A dedicated chamber musician, Henning regularly performs both on violin and viola at major festivals and venues; recent collaborations have included performances at venues such as London’s Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s and Bruges Concertgebouw with Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Leif Ove Andsnes, Imogen Cooper, Adrian Brendel and Natalie Clein. In the current season, Henning performs with Christian Poltéra and Jeremy Menuhin at Berlin Konzerthaus and with Lawrence Power at Bath Mozartfest. His regular recital partners include Christian Ihle Hadland, Håvard Gimse and Kathryn Stott, with whom he performs at Wigmore Hall and Slovenian Philharmonic Hall this season.

In the spirit of the old masters such as Fritz Kreisler and Eugène Ysaÿe, Henning composes his own music, performing many of his own works, arrangements and cadenzas in concert. As of 2014, Henning’s reputation as a composer was sealed by the première of Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra, composed as musical counterparts to a story by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder. Among the ensembles that have recently commissioned and performed works by Henning are the Brodsky Quartet and Britten Sinfonia.

Henning is also an accomplished improviser, a skill which led him to a recording entitled “Last Spring”. Released in June 2012 on the ACT label, the disc was the result of a collaboration with Norwegian jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. Exploring improvisations on Norwegian folk music, the disc made a far-reaching impression in the international press, including Classical Music Magazine 5-star Editor’s Choice, which described it as “beautifully recorded and urgently recommended”.

Henning’s discography includes many recordings on the Naxos label, the most recent being 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. Henning 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, and in April 2012 was a jury member at the Menuhin Competition in Beijing. 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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Summer in Italy

July 12th, 2016

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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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Henning Kraggerud and the long-lost Halvorsen concerto

January 8th, 2016

Librarians at the University of Toronto recently came across a long-lost violin concerto by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen hidden deep within their archives. The work, written in 1909, has not been performed since its premiere by Kathleen Parlow in the Netherlands as it went missing shortly after. The remarkable discovery of this significant work will be celebrated atRead more ›

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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)

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