The award-winning Norwegian violinist Miriam Helms Ålien
(born in 1991) is praised for ‘her extraordinary musicality and maturity beyond her years’. She is associated with the renowned Kronberg Academy in Germany.
She visits the 2020 Bergen International Festival with friends from the Academy: pianists Adrien Boisseau
and Frank Dupree
and cellist Bruno Philippe
. The four young performers, all profiled soloists in their own right, share a great love for chamber music.
For the concert the musicians have chosen a selection of lesser-known works from well-known composers, including Mahler’s melancholy Piano Quartet.
Ålien describes the piece as ‘rather melancholy, but eventually both emotional and dramatic – his only work in the genre.’ They will also perform Brahms’sPiano Quartet, a work of epic proportions that accommodates ‘endless joy of life, deep inner peace, delicious drama, charm and contagious energy.’ Brahms’s monumental Piano Quartet no. 2 in A Major, his longest chamber music work, concludes the concert.
Miriam Helms Ålien (photo: Jessy Lee), Bruno Philippe (photo: Philippe Matsas), Adrien Boisseau (photo: Nikolaj Lund), Frank Dupree (photo: Sebastian Heck)