Marianne Thorsen to Lincoln Music Festival

 Date:27/08/2004 - 03/09/2004

The first ever Lincoln & Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival features celebrated violinist Marianne Thorsen in the Festival Ensemble and takes place over eight days in nearly all districts of the beautiful county

The colourful repertoire from what is now the Czech Republic forms the theme for this year's Festival. The influence of the folk idiom is characteristic of much of the music and this will have many resonances within a county that is noted for its long history of traditional music.

As well as listening to music, you can take part in walks and talks and see exhibitions. The artists will be resident in Lincoln over the length of the Festival and you can meet them in informal settings, giving the Lincoln Festival a very special atmosphere.

Lincoln & Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival
Friday 27th August to Friday 3rd September

Lincoln Tourist Information Centres
Tel: +44 (0) 1522 873213 / 873256

The Festival Ensemble:

Ashley Wass piano
Marianne Thorsen violin
Jesse Mills violin
Graham Oppenheimer viola
Raman Ramakrishnan cello

Marianne Thorsen, First Prize winner of the 2003 Sion International Violin Competition (Switzerland), was born in Trondheim, Norway. Marianne studied at the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London with the Hungarian violinist, Gyorgy Pauk. In 1994, she was awarded the Roth Prize and a DipRAM, the Academy's highest award.

As a soloist, Marianne has performed with many orchestras, including the Symphonisches Orchester, Berlin, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Badener Philharmonie, Vogtland Philharmonie, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic,Trondheim Symphony, Trondheim Soloists, Stavanger Symphony, the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestras and the Prague Philharmonic.

Marianne has won many prizes, including the Carl F. Flesch Outstanding Merit Prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in 1992 in London. She received the Emily English Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund in London in 1995. She was chosen as the Norwegian Concert Institute's 'Young Musician of the Year 1998'.

As violinist in the Leopold String Trio, Marianne recorded the complete Beethoven String Trios and Mozart Divertimento K563 for Hyperion to great critical acclaim. Marianne is also the first violinist of the Nash Ensemble of London and is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Press writings on Marianne Thorsen:

This was masterly playing, impeccably phrased and articulated. Rarely has Mozart come dancing off the page so enticingly. Thorsen's deeply committed playing succeeds in making the music both expressively cogent and structurally compelling.


The glory of the evening was Marianne Thorsen's performance - technically first-rate and full of love for the music.


Thorsen played with confidence and utter musical assurance, with a singing rich tone, great power of projection, meticulous accuracy of intonation and attack and with deeply felt expressivity. Sheer dynamism.


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Lincoln & Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival runs from 27th August to 3rd September

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