Benedicte Maurseth started playing the Hardanger fiddle at the age of eight and has been apprenticed to master fiddler Knut Hamre for several decades. Today, she is a well-established and highly regarded composer and musician on the Norwegian folk music scene. In addition to the Hardanger fiddle, she plays the baroque instrument viola d'amore and sings. Traditional music from Hardanger is her specialty, and she is known for developing and breaking boundaries for the music she grew up with.
Over the past 15 years, Maurseth has performed many concerts both at home and abroad. She has participated at the Bergen International Festival on several occasions, including on the commissioned piece Åresong in 2010. Last year, she performed her own music in Grieghallen as a part of the performance Her ('Here'). She has recorded ten albums, and her latest, Hárr, was released in February this year to sparkling reviews. Musicians from the recording join her on stage on this blossoming day at the Festival Square, ready to play the audience into the Norwegian natural landscape.
'This is music not only inspired by nature, but music that, in its own way, sounds like nature itself. Intimate, wondering – and incredibly fascinating. – AFTENPOSTEN ABOUT HÁRR
Photo: Øystein Haara