Trondheim chamber music festival 26 september - 1 october 2017


Win a concert in your own living room!

The application is now open, apply before it closes on September 1st.

Imagine an exclusive concert with amazing festival musicians in your own home. Maybe in your living room, in the attic or in the kitchen? This year’s lucky Concert-at-Home winner will host a wonderful concert with everything from wondrous romance to a Scottish inspired string quartet by festival composer Beamish. Submit your interest by filling out this form by September 1st. Winner to be announced shortly thereafter.

Read more about the concert here.

The 2017 program has been released! The 2016 festival video is here! Kamfest gets good reviews in international media Amazing fun Chamber music from the heart Admiring the energy of the festival management Powerful music by star musicians Don't try to understand - just listen Celebration at Dokkhuset

The 2017 program has been released!

With a night time concert in Nidaros Cathedral and Tyrolean music at the new Heidi’s Bier Bar at the Solsiden concert venue, a breadth of musical experiences is assured at this year’s Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, running from 26 September to 1 October. Folk music is also at centre-stage in the festival programme, inspired by the British festival composer Sally Beamish.

The Nordic Brass Ensemble is a mainstay both in the Cathedral and at the beer bar. The ensemble brings together outstanding brass musicians from symphony orchestras and wind ensembles across Scandinavia. It tours Europe regularly. Its repertoire ranges from early to contemporary music – including Tyrolean music! In Nidaros Cathedral the ensemble’s brass will ring together with organ pipes – with Erling Aasgård in the organ seat.

“Ever since it started in 1993, the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival has aspired to expand the genre’s space, tear down walls and dismantle prejudices. The concert at our new neighbour Heidi’s Bier Bar at Solsiden is a case in point”, says festival director Vegar Snøfugl. First-class brass ensembles are generally a key feature of the Oktoberfest in Germany. This autumn you need go no further than Heidi’s Bier Bar to experience one of the best.

Music discussion also features on the festival programme. Wolfgang Plagge has devised a new version of Prokofiev’s well-known fairy tale Peter and the Wolf, “Peter and the Wolf(gang)”. Plagge offers an insight into Prokofiev’s implicit social criticism and draws links to contemporary social discourse. After the concert Anne Grosvold leads a discussion at the Dokkhuset concert venue on music’s place in today’s society. Should music provoke and incite debate, or merely please and entertain?

The premiere of a brand new work, Chrysillis, by Henning Sommerro is on the programme. Chrysillis was written for the Scottish folk musicians Chris Stout and Catriona McKay and the Trondheim Soloists, and contains elements of both folk music and improvisation. A musical voyage of discovery in the footsteps of the forebears of the well-known hymn composer Thomas Kingo, from Scotland via Denmark to Sunndal (a rural community neighbouring Surnadal, from which Sommerro hails).

“Our decision to place folk music in such a prominent position on this year’s programme was also inspired by our British festival composer, Sally Beamish”, say Snøfugl and Tvete Vik. Beamish has lived for a long time in Scotland and often turns to Scottish folk music as a source of inspiration for her works. The Stout/McKay duo are central performers, but Norwegian folk musicians also feature. Among them is the singer Unni Boksasp from Nordmøre with her ensemble who offer an intriguing concert performance entitled Opus 72017.

Four years ago the Festival launched a successful series of “Home with”-concerts. This year there are more than ever: a total of eight concerts in private homes and in the homes of some of the Festival’s mainstays. This year, as previously, people can apply to have a concert arranged in their own home, and the “prize” is nothing less than violinist Marianne Thorsen who – together with harpist Ruth Potter, Sigmund Tvete Vik (violin), Ole Wuttudal (viola) and Marianne Baudouin Lie (cello) – will play pieces ranging from enchanting romantic works to a Scottish-inspired string quartet by festival composer Beamish.

In 2012 the Festival took the initiative to bring the multicultural project “Kaleidoscope” to Trondheim. The performances have enthused and moved audiences. This year Kaleidoscope gets a solid “boost” by relocating from the 356-seated Lille Sal venue to the 1212-seated Olavshallen concert hall – backed by the full Trondheim Symphony Orchestra!

As many as 19 works by this year’s festival composer will be performed over the course of the festival week. Among this year’s festival musicians are the Chilingirian Quartet, Trio Isimsiz, mezzo soprano Christianne Stotijn, cellist Øystein Sonstad, fiddler Susanne Lundeng, the Trondheim Soloists, the Royal Air Force Band and actress Marianne Meløy.

The Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition (TICC) will be held in parallel with the Festival. Ten young string quartets from across the world have been selected, after auditioning, to participate in September; all the more delightful that the Atem String Quartet from Norway is one of them!

Take a peak in our festival program magazine by clicking here.

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The 2016 festival video is here!

See the 2016 festival video here!


Do you miss the festival atmosphere? Has the post festival time felt a little empty? Enjoy the highlights from the 2016 festival in this video!


Kamfest gets good reviews in international media

Two international reporters, from the reputable Musical America and Seismograf respectively, visited Trondheim Chamber Music Festival this year. They left the festival with great memories.

Shirley Apthorp from the american website Musical America, and Andrew Mellor from the danish magazine Seismograf attended this years festival.

"Trondheim festival reinvents itself (again)" is what Shirley Apthorp from Musical America argues in her article. Musical America is a pay-only website, you can download a full version of the article here.

"Beyond The downward droops" is a long and detailed article, devoted to our danish festival composer Bent Sørensen. The article focuses on several of the concerts with performances of Sørensen's material throughout the festival.


Amazing fun

There were fun for all ages during Amazing Afternoon at Ringve Museum.


Chamber music from the heart

The music got wings when Gabriela Montero and Henning Kraggerud improvised together in the Freemason Hall. And it was great fun, too!


Admiring the energy of the festival management

Sørensen is impressed by the energy of the festival organizers: - They leap, take chances; It's like a free fall, says the Danish festival composer. Watch the video interview here.


Powerful music by star musicians

Europes best chamber ensembles, Pavel Haas Quartet and Trio con Brio Copenhagen, played classical gems in the Freemasons Hall.

Relive the magic in this video.


Don't try to understand - just listen

Festival composer Bent Sørensens best advice for the audience is not to try and understand the music, just listen. During the opening concert in the Nidaros Cathedral, the audience got a close-up of the danish composer's music, and it was love at first sight.


Celebration at Dokkhuset

The first concert of the festival was a great success. Dokkhuset, one of the most prestigious concert halls of the city, celebrated its 10 years anniversary with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Trondheim Voices and the Trondheim Soloists on the same stage.

Dokkhuset was filled with happy people with a passion for the classical and jazz community of the city. See the highlights from the concert here!