Henning Kraggerud Joins as International Chair in Violin

The RNCM is delighted to announce that Norwegian musician Henning Kraggerud will officially join the College in September as International Chair in Violin.

Born in Oslo in the early 1970s, Henning is recognised as one of Norway’s most outstanding international artists. A violinist and violist of the highest calibre, he regularly performs on the world’s most prestigious concert platforms, and with some of the most important orchestras, conductors and soloists. He is also a composer (his most recent work, Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra, was premiered last year) and holds the positions of Co-Artistic Director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and Professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

On taking up his new position, Henning said: ‘When the RNCM asked me to be their International Chair in Violin, I felt very honoured. I have, on several occasions, given masterclasses and most recently led an orchestral day there, and I find the atmosphere of this college absolutely splendid. Inspired and accomplished students and certainly a place I like to teach and play.

‘Manchester is one of my most visited cities and I have lost count of how many concerts I have played there, mostly as soloist with the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall. Not only that, but my great-grandfather was born there and his father even staged music for the Earl of Bridgewater. So this new connection with Manchester is very welcome indeed.’

Chris Hoyle, Head of the School of Strings at the RNCM, added: ‘I have observed Henning Kraggerud working with our students on several occasions: his vibrant artistry and boundless energy are a real source of inspiration.

‘Henning clearly has a passion for education and for sharing his love of music. I am thrilled that he will continue to inspire our students in his role as International Chair in Violin.’

23 April 2015