“Faced with the Trondheim Soloists’ gutsy fervour as they beaver through the late romantic paroxysms in the string orchestra version of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, a casual listener might wonder: “What do they put in the water in Trondheim? How come the musicians have such zing?”
The Times (UK)
“It’s a cliche to talk of such a young orchestra offering youthful exuberance, but let’s do it anyway – their playing has a buoyancy and energy that in the Haydn form the ideal springboard for Weilerstein’s playing as it leaps and dances in and out of the larger texture.”
The Trondheim Soloists are one of the best young ensembles on the international scene. With its passion and enthusiasm, the orchestra quickly established itself as the most innovative chamber orchestra in Norway, with invitations to collaborate with artists of the highest level, in a wide range of genres. With the appointment of violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg as Artistic Director in 2017, the orchestra is now one of the paragons of artistic quality in Norway. In the same year, Alisa Weilerstein was appointed as Artistic Partner.
The ensemble’s 2018 recording with Alisa Weilerstein, Transfigured Night, has been lauded for its “gutsy fervour ” (The Times, UK), “finely-calibrated dynamics and resonant ensemble playing” (WQXR), “mix of stylistic sensitivity, verve and spontaneous delight in discovery” (Gramophone) and a “buoyancy and energy that in the Haydn form the ideal springboard for Weilerstein’s playing” (The Guardian) which yield “performances of the two concertos are without equal in the catalogue” (Strings). They will tour music from the album and more in April 2021.
Formed in 1988 by first Artistic Director Bjarne Fiskum, the ensemble has for many years been the main source of professional concert training in Trondheim. Youth and dynamism characterize the Trondheim Soloists, who up until today are on average less than 30 years old. The orchestra debuted on the international scene in 1990, with a euphoric reception in London, followed by several concerts that confirmed its reputation. In 1999, the orchestra was invited to accompany violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter for its recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which would mark the beginning of a very important artistic partnership, which continues until today. The Trondheim Soloists’ own recordings have won great acclaim not only earning two Spellemanspriser, but a total of 10 Grammy nominations, as well as glowing international reviews.
In the past 15 years, Artistic Director Øyvind Gimse has been influential in shaping the orchestra and developing its unique sound. The orchestra regularly performs with the greatest Scandinavian artists, and has recently accompanied Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Daniel Hope, Measha Brueggergosman, Vikingur Olafsson, Tine Thing Helseth and Marianne Thorsen. The orchestra is one of the most fervent performers of Scandinavian music, and it regularly includes this repertoire in its programming, recordings and commissions.