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Ellen Nisbeth

Svensk Konsertdirektion AB is the proud general manager of Ellen Nisbeth.

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Ellen Nisbeth is regarded as one of the most promising young violists today. In May 2013 she was announced the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize. A unanimous jury concluded: “The violist Ellen Nisbeth performs with a natural integrity and stage presence. With sensational musicality and personal expression, she enchants the audience. The variation in tone colour seems endless in Ellen Nisbeth’s play, and she is able to communicate the most intimate nuances to the audience, who cannot remain unmoved by the performance.”  In 2012 Ellen Nisbeth was the recipient of the Swedish Soloist Prize.

Recognized for her warm, sincere and energetic sound she has appeared as a soloist with several of the major Nordic orchestras such as the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orkester Norden, and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In March 2013 she appeared with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra as a part of her soloist exam and in 2014 she will play with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, and perform the world premier of Britta Byström’s new Viola Concerto together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Due to her great interest in chamber music Ellen Nisbeth has participated at many of the most important festivals in Scandinavia including the Risør Chamber Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival and Vinterfest in Mora. Musicians she has played with include: Martin Fröst, Leif Ove Andsnes, Amalie Malling, Bengt Forsberg, Truls Mørk, Arve Tellefsen and Daniel Hope. She is also the two-time winner of the Chamber Music Competition at The Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2012 Ellen attended the Verbier Festival Academy where she performed with an elite group of extraordinary young artists. Her recital programmes are very in demand and in 2013/14 she will be playing several recitals all over Sweden.

Ellen Nisbeth has studied under Prof. Peter Herresthal at The Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2010 she received her Bachelor's degree with the top mark and in the beginning of 2013 she performed her final exam with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. From 2011 Ellen has assisted Prof. Herresthal in teaching at The Norwegian Academy of Music. Ellen has also worked under the guidance and teaching of the salient Ulla Magnusson in methodology and teaching. In June 2013 Ellen graduated from Royal College of Music in London and was awarded the Artist Diploma In Performance.

Furthermore, she has participated in master classes with Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, Lawrence Power, Lars Anders Tomter, Andrew Manze, Thomas Quasthoff and Gidon Kremer.

Ellen Nisbeth plays on a Dom Nicolo Amati viola from 1714.



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Repertoire list


Atterberg, Kurt
Suite for Violin, Viola and String Orchestra

Bartók, Bela
Viola Concerto arr. Tibor Serly

Bowen, York
Viola Concerto

Britten, Benjamin
Lachrymae, for Viola and String Orchesta

Bruch, Max
Double Concerto for Clarinet/Violin and Viola

Bruch, Max
Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85

Grieg, Edvard
Solveigs Song, Viola and String Orchestra

Hartmann, Karl Amadeus
Concerto for Viola with Piano, Winds and Percussion

Hindemith, Paul
Der Schwanendreher, Viola and Small Orchestra

Hindemith, Paul
Trauermusik, Viola and Small Orchestra

Mozart, W. A.
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola

"La Campanella" arr. H. Palmqvist, for Viola and String Orchestra / arr. for Viola and Symphony Orchestra also available

Wallin, Rolf
"Under City Skin", Concerto for Viola, String Orchestra and Surround Sound

Walton, William
Viola Concerto

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Photos for PR use

Size: 2880 x 4320
Credit: Nikolaj Lund

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Credit: Nikolaj Lund

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Ellen Nisbeth plays Bruch Romanze for Viola and Orchestra (excerpt)
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Ellen Nisbeth plays Bartok's Viola Concerto (excerpt from 2nd and 3rd movement)
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Online Resources

Ellen Nisbeth's website
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