Violinist Henning Kraggerud at Hong Kong Music Festival

After having a triumphant debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Osmo Vänska in 2010, Henning Kraggerud, a Norwegian violinist, has been invited to re-join the conductor at the New World Symphony in the 2011/2012 season.

Henning has a strong commitment to chamber music and performs both on violin and viola at the major international festivals. This season, Henning joins a variety of musical talents at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

The festival is organised by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (PPHK) which is a charity, designed to contribute to the cultural diversity of the city. In addition to its annual Recital Series, PPHK has also launched the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

As Henning is popular for his excellent musicality and genuine quality of his playing, his performances have drawn audiences and critics alike. Henning maintains a busy schedule as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras, building relationships with leading conductors.

A favourite with US audiences, Henning has previously worked with the Detroit Symphony, under Peter Oundjian, and the Seattle Symphony, under Vassily Sinaisky, among others, and for this season, 2011/2012, he will return to the Cincinnati Orchestra. He will also perform as a soloist and conductor with both the Pacific and Vancouver Symphony orchestras.

In the summer of 2010, he gave a critically-acclaimed performance at the BBC Proms with the Danish National Symphony, under Thomas Dausgaard, and a highly successful season followed including concerts with the Hallé Orchestra, the Bergen Festival, the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a recital at New York’s Lincoln Center.

With a strong Scandinavian profile, Henning continues to work extensively in his home region, including recent concerts with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra with Jukka Pekka Saraste.

He has maintained frequent collaborations with the Helsinki and Oslo Philharmonic and the Norwegian Chamber orchestras, as well as strong links with many of the Norwegian festivals. The current season sees a return to the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize and in 2007 was awarded the Sibelius Prize for his interpretations and recording of Sibelius’ music throughout the world. Henning is a Professor at the Barratt-Due music conservatoire.

The Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival features an impressive array of international talent and has quickly become a mainstay of the Hong Kong cultural scene. More information on the programme and tickets is available at PPHK’s website

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