COMPOSER / DIRECTOR / VIOLIN

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)