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20 May - 03 June 2020

Nicolas Altstaedt

with Ludvig Gudim

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Deep dive into a challenging genre with a captivating cellist.

The sought-after Franco-German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt has a broad repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music and is active as a soloist, chamber musician and artistic leader. He is praised for his persuasive and thorough conveyance, effortless virtuosity, and ability to blend daring and radical elements into the music.

This festival concert begins with Iannis Xenakis’ Dhipli Zyia, where Altstaedt plays together with violinist Ludvig Gudim from the Crescendo mentoring program.

The cellist then continues alone, performing solo works by Dutilleux, Bach, Kodály and festival composer in residence Jörg Widmann in Håkonshallen. The concert is completed with Kodály's Sonata for cello solo in B minor, which is considered the most significant work in this challenging genre since Bach's iconic cello suites. 

During this year's festival, Altstaedt will also perform in Grieghallen along with violinist Vilde Frang and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

'An absolute revelation. Nicolas Altstaedt, one of the cello realm's most brilliant young princes. ' 

Nicolas Altstaedt (top, photo: Marco Borggreve. Ludvig Gudim (foto: Jiyang Chen)



1 h 40 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

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  • Nicolas Altstaedt cello
  • Ludvig Gudim violin

Music by

  • ​Xenakis
  • Dutilleux
  • Bach
  • Widmann
  • Kodaly


  • Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001)
    Dhipli Zyia for Violin and Cello
  • Henri Dutilleux (1916–2013)
    Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Cello Suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
    1. Prélude
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante
    4. Sarabande
    5. Gavotte
    6. Gavotte
    7. Gigue
  • Interval
  • Jörg Widmann (1973–)
  • Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967) 
    Sonata for Solo Cello in B minor, op. 8
    1. Fantasia - Allegro di molto
    2. Allegro con spirito

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Supported by

​The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica
Crescendois 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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