The effervescent string ensemble 1B1 with violinist Sonoko Miriam Welde from Bergen.
For the string players in the Stavanger-based ensemble 1B1, the love of playing and passion for music always come first. Since the ensemble's inception in 2008 they have won a Spelemannspris (the Norwegian Grammy Award), entered the international music scene, and performed with great artists and composers including Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Schmid, Steve Reich and Lars Anders Tomter.
Artistic director and founder Jan Bjøranger claims that the ensemble works and thinks more like a rock band. The members play from memory, and communication and artistic expression trump perfectionism every time. This approach is audible: the ensemble has developed a tight, vibrant sound with a strong rhythmic drive.
In the 2017 Bergen International Festival you can experience 1B1 at a variety of venues. This concert, the first of two in Troldsalen, includes works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Schnittke and Shostakovich.
'This is how music should be performed and experienced today.' – Cellist Clemens Hagen
Jan Bjøranger conductor
Sonoko Miriam Welde violin
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–1976)
Prelude and Fugue, op. 29
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, op. 42
ALFRED SCHNITTKE (1934–1998)
Concerto Grosso no. 1
DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Chamber Symphony, op. 110
Return transport included:
Departure from Strandkaien (Tourist information/Food Hall) at 15:00;
Return from Troldhaugen at 17:30
The restaurant Spisestedet Troldhaugen offers a light meal in the space between many of the concerts in Troldsalen. The meal must be ordered in advance. Read more and order here.