The Norwegian violinist and composer Henning Kraggerud is artistic director of the chamber orchestra of the Arctic Philharmonic (formerly the Northern Norwegian Opera and Symphony Orchestra), International Chair in Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and professor at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo.
Henning’s broad appeal as an artist is a result of his versatility and passion for music, as well as a genuine quality of his playing and exquisite performances. Through educational publications, he provides the reader with fascinating insights into a diverse approach to music. He is very active as a composer, arranger and improviser on the concert scene all over the world – thus taking up the legacy of old masters such as Fritz Kreisler and Eugène Ysaÿe.
Henning is constantly invited to many of the world’s most important orchestras, including Hallé, BBC Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, DR Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber.
As a chamber musician, he performs with both violin and viola at major festivals and events such as BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Verbier Festival, Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.
Henning is a profiled composer whose work has been performed by many prominent musicians and orchestras around the world. His greatest work to date is Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra. It was commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Chamber Orchestra of the Arctic Philharmonic, and is composed as a musical counterpart to a story written by Jostein Gaarder. The work has been hailed as “endlessly resourceful and surprising” (BBC Music Magazine, five stars).
Henning’s opus list also includes Preghiera, commissioned and performed by the Brodsky quartet in 2012, The Last Leaf, first performed in 2014 by Britten Sinfonia, cadenzaer for two of Haydn’s cello concerts commissioned by Clemens Hagen in 2015 and Victimae Paschali for choir and orchestra commissioned by the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival . The Österbotten Chamber Orchestra commissioned and premiered Topelius Variations for strings (included in this record), which was again performed by Henning on a national tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa.
In 2017, Henning, in collaboration with the Arctic Philharmonic’s chamber orchestra and author Erik Fosnes, released an album on Simax. The release Between the Seasons features Vivaldis The Four Seasons is inaugurated Henning’s own compositions. It has been described as “one of the best albums – perhaps the best – of Vivaldi’s cycle” (Musicweb International). Henning has also recorded Ysaÿes complete solo sonatas for Simax (Spellemannprisen 2008). The discography also contains a number of Naxos recordings, including Edvard Grieg’s three sonatas arranged as concerts and the violin concerto by Johan Halvorsen, supposedly lost for over 100 years and rediscovered in 2016. On the ACT label he has released Last Spring which explores improvisations of Norwegian folk music with jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. Henning also participated 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.
Henning was born in Oslo in 1973 and studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He has received the prestigious Grieg Prize and in 2007 he was awarded the Sibelius Prize for his interpretations and recordings of Sibelius` music around the world.
Henning plays at a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù owned by Dextra Musica AS. This company is founded by the Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.