Norwegian classical composers such as Grieg may have written music for the concert halls, but the inspiration mostly came from somewhere else completely.
Violinist Sander Tingstad is a permanent employee of the Arctic Philharmonic, but when he is not playing in the orchestra, he has several other exciting projects going on. In "Kunstmusikk og folkesjela" he deals with the peculiarities of Norwegian classical music. When he first performed his interpretations at the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2016, he impressed the audience as well as his professors.
- I recall this concert as one of the bravest and most uncompromising musical events I have experienced. The project and the execution were thought-provoking. It felt as though it had the potential to expand the interpretive room, and explore untrodden paths and ways of thinking, wrote Tor Espen Aspaas, pianist and professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
During the Northern Lights Festival, you can experience Sander Tingstad in a trio with Mads Erik Odde and Ingfrid Nyhus. Together they perform, among other things, Sonata in G major, opus 13 by Edvard Grieg.
- I feel that classical music is often interpreted within a narrow framework. Norwegian works inspired by or based on Norwegian folk music are mostly interpreted as all other music from the same period. I think Norwegian music has something very special about it, and that taking in the folk music elements opens new and exciting opportunities, where you can get back to what inspired the composers to write the music. The depth of its simplicity. The real, honest, and lasting nature of the music says Tingstad.