Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (born 1994) started playing the violin at the age of five, but at the age of 14 he chose the viola as his main instrument.
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (born 1994) started playing the violin at the age of five, but at the age of 14 he chose the viola as his main instrument. He gained second prize in the soloist class of 2010 Norwegian Youth Music Championships, and in the following year he performed at the Bergen International Festival and represented Norway in the festival ‘Rising stars of the Kremlin’, while his chamber music group Trio Pathetico won the title ‘Musicians of the year’ in Norwegian Youth Music Competition. In 2012 he won the Norwegian Soloist Prize. He took first prize in the national NRK soloist competition Virtuos, making him Norway’s representative in the EBU competition Eurovision Young Musician 2012, where he also won first prize. In 2013 he received the Arve Tellefsen Music Prize and Karolineprisen, and made his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently studying with Soon-Mi Chung at the Barratt Due Institute of Music.
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