Credit: Nikolaj Lund

Henning Kraggerud

Artistic Director: Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Representation: General Management

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. His extraordinary reach as an artist is a result of his versatility and passion for music, as well as the genuine quality to his playing and the beauty of his performances. His teaching and educational writings provide fascinating insights into his multi-faceted approach to music-making, while his composing, arranging and improvising – frequently bringing his own works into the concert hall – recall the spirit of the old masters such as Josef Suk and Eugène Ysaÿe 

Henning’s eminence as a soloist and play/director have led to invitations time and again to many of the world’s most significant orchestras, most recently the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Tonkünstler Vienna, BBC Scottish Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and Macao orchestras. In past seasons, Henning has performed twice at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Highlights of the current season include visits to the Aarhus and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras, and the Hallé Orchestra. 

Henning is a prolific composer whose works are performed by many prominent musicians and orchestras around the globe. His largest-scale work to date is entitled Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra. Commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with Henning as soloist, the work was composed as a musical counterpart to a story specially written by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder, and has been hailed as “a fascinating composition to return to over and over again” (MusicWeb International). In 2017, Henning composed a violin/piano version of Equinox, which was premiered in Norway in 2018 with pianist Clare Hammond and Jostein Gaarder narrating.  

Henning’s output as a composer also includes Preghiera, commissioned and performed by the Brodsky Quartet in 2012, and The Last Leaf, given its first performance in 2014 by the Britten Sinfonia, as well as cadenzas for two of Haydn’s cello concertos commissioned by Clemens Hagen in 2015 and Victimae Paschali for choir and orchestra commissioned by the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival. In 2017, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra commissioned and performed Topelius Variations for string orchestra, which Henning performed again later that year in an extensive national tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  

With his ever-present spirit of discovery, Henning gave the 21st century premiere of the Johan Halvorsen Violin Concerto with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra at the 2016 Risør Chamber Music Festival. Originally premiered in 1909, the concerto was subsequently considered lost until its re-discovery over 100 years later. Henning went on to play the work with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras, and in 2017 released a recording on the Naxos label with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Bjarte Engeset, leading BBC Radio 3’s Record Review to comment, “It’s difficult to imagine more ardent advocates for this sleeping beauty of a piece”. In 2019 Henning gave the first ever performances of the work in Poland with the Poznan Philharmonic and in Finland with the Kymi Sinfonietta in 2018. 

Henning regularly performs on both violin and viola at major festivals and venues; recent collaborations have taken place at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Bruges Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus and Budapest’s festival, with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Lawrence Power, Leif Ove AndsnesHåvard Gimse, Kathryn Stott, Natalie Clein, Christian Ihle HadlandChristian Poltéra and Jeremy Menuhin.  

In 2015, Henning became International Chair in Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and in 2017 received a Fellowship. Passionate about musical education, Henning is a Professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, and in 2018 was a jury member at the Menuhin Competition in Geneva, where he also performed the opening concert with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Marin Alsop. Last season, he was a jury member at the Leeds Piano Competition. 

Among Henning’s eclectic discography of 18 discs is a Naxos recording of Mozart Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5 with the Norwegian Chamber orchestra. The disc included Henning’s own cadenzas and was awarded an ECHO Klassik Award as well as chosen as Classic FM’s Album of the Week, NDR Kultur’s CD of the Week, Editor’s Choice in Classical Music Magazine, Recommended in The Strad, and featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review.  

On the Simax label, Henning’s most recent releases, both with the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, are Goldberg Variations + Topelius Variations, featuring Henning as violinist, composer and arranger, and Between the Seasons, a collaboration with world-famous author Erik Fosnes Hansen. Henning’s own works on the latter were hailed by MusicWeb International as “truly great music, accessible and beautiful… should be heard by every music lover” while the Four Seasons were praised as “one of the best recordings – maybe the best – of the Vivaldi cycle”. Also for Simax, Henning has recorded the complete solo sonatas of Ysaÿe, on a disc which won the prestigious Spellemann CD award. On the ACT label, he released a disc entitled Last Spring which explored improvisations on Norwegian folk music with jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft 

Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of the Grieg Prize, the Ole Bull Prize and the Sibelius Prize. 

Henning Kraggerud plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù, provided by Dextra Musica ASa subsidiary of Sparebankstiftelsen DNB. 

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Henning Kraggerud takes his Goldbergs to Ireland

March 4th, 2024

This week, Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud takes his acclaimed arrangement for strings of J S Bach’s Goldberg Variations to Ireland for performances with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, to whom he is no stranger. Play/direct performances across Ireland on 7th, 8th, and 9th March also include talks by Henning as he unlocks this intricate and endlesslyRead more ›

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JBM Artists head for Australia and New Zealand

May 17th, 2023

Anthony Marwood is in Australia and New Zealand for a month, working with Sydney Conservatorium, the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Recital Centre (a recital with pianist Stefan Cassomenos) and on the jury of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown and Auckland, New Zealand. Andrew Litton heads to Adelaide this week for a RachmaninoffRead more ›

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Henning Kraggerud brings Romantarctica to Tasmania

May 11th, 2023

At Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall this week, Henning Kraggerud’s composition Romantarctica for solo violin, clarinet and orchestra will receive its Australian premiere with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, one of the co-commissioners of the work, together with the orchestra’s Principal Clarinet Andrew Seymour, and the composer as violin soloist and director. Romantarctica brings together two portsRead more ›

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Henning Kraggerud directs the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

January 7th, 2023

In Canada, Henning Kraggerud returns to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this week, play/directing the orchestra in three concerts featuring Amy Beach’s Romance for harp, violin and strings and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. He also takes the lead in Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in c minor, arranged for violin and chamber orchestra by Henning himselfRead more ›

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Henning Kraggerud back in Liverpool

November 10th, 2022

Henning Kraggerud returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Finnish conductor Emilia Hoving. Continuing his close relationship with the Royal Northern College of Music, he travels on to Manchester to work with its students in a violin masterclass. For further information about hisRead more ›

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Mozart Sinfonia Concertante/ Camerata Salzburg with Janine Jansen, February 2019

Kraggerud plays his viola with the warmth and the golden sound of a cello.

Der Rheinpfalz, February 2019 (trans.)

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Between the Seasons – Vivaldi The Four Seasons / works by Henning Kraggerud Henning’s interpretation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, interspersed with four of his own works. Performed with the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
SIMAX (2017)

Wolfgang A. Mozart – VIOLIN CONCERTOS NOS. 3, 4 and 5
Henning is both soloist and director with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in this major Naxos release – winner of an ECHO Klassik Award 2017.
NAXOS (2016)

Henning Kraggerud – EQUINOX
Henning Kraggerud and the Arctic Philharmonic perform Henning’s composition Equinox – 24 postludes in all keys for violin and chamber orchestra
SIMAX (2015)

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