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20 May - 03 June 2020

James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong & Friends

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Top duo to mentor young classical musicians.

250 years after Beethoven was born, Canadian violinist James Ehnes and American pianist Andrew Armstrong have devoted a large part of their season to the composer.

In Håkonshallen, the duo will perform one of Beethoven's violin sonatas, demonstrating why they are the top choice among concert organizers worldwide.

Ehnes and Armstrong are in the middle of a tour spanning three continents but are taking time to come to Bergen to mentor the young musicians in Crescendo.

The Crescendo programme connects young classical musicians early in their careers with experienced artists so they can listen, learn and play together. At this concert, violinists Sonoko Miriam Welde and Ludvig Gudim, viola player Eivind Ringstad and cellist Sandra Lied Haga will perform with the Canadian-American star duo.

The programme consists of works by Beethoven, Bartók and Franck.

‘A violinist in a class of his own’

James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong (foto: Benjamin Ealovega) Sonoko Miriam Welde (foto: Bård Gundersen), Eivind Ringstad (foto: Nikolaj Lund), Ludvig Gudim (foto: Jiyang Chin), Sandra Lied Haga.



​1 h 45 min incl. interval


  • Standard: 450/490  
  • Senior: 405/441  
  • Under 30/Student: 190 
  • FiB Fordel until 13 April: 315/343  
  • FiB Fordel from 14 April: 360/392  
  • BT Fordel: 337/367

Purchase ticket


    • James Ehnes violin
    • Andrew Armstrong piano
    • Sonoko Miriam Welde violin
    • Ludvig Gudim violin
    • Eivind Ringstad viola
    • Sandra Lied Haga cello

Music by

    • Beethoven
    • Bartók
    • Franck


  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Violin Sonata no. 8 in G major, op. 30:3
  • Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    44 Duos for 2 Violins, Sz 98
  • 37. Prelude and Canon in B flat dorian
    16. Burlesque. Allegretto in B flat major
    35. Ruthenian Kolomejka. Allegro in A dorian
    13. Wedding song in A mixolydian
    22. Mosquito Dance. Allegro molto in A phrygian
    26. Teasing song. Scherzando in A major
    28. Sorrow. Lento, poco rebato in A minor
    32. Dance from Máramos. Allegro giocoso in D dorian 
    38. Romanian Whirling Dance. Allegro in D major
    43. Pizzicato. Allegretto in E minor
    36. Bagpipes. Allegro molto in A mixolydian
    36a. Változata. Allegro molto in A mixolydian

  • Interval
  • sar Franck (1822–1890)
    Piano Quintet in F minor

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Supported by

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica
Crescendo is a mentoring program for young classical musicians under the direction of the Bergen International Festival, Barratt Due Music Institute and the Oslo Philharmonic. The project is supported by Trond Mohn, Bettina Ford Jebsen, Hans Peter Jebsen, The Savings Bank Foundation DNB, Dextra Musica and Talent Norway.

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