Bergen International Festival 2015 English catalogue - Page 52

BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2015 052 FOU N DAT I ON S FOU N DAT ION S B E RG E N IN T E RN AT ION A L F E ST IVA L 2 01 5 Vale­ strand Miriam Helms Ålien Ingerine & Milan & Igor Melina Mandozzi with Gunnar Flagstad with Christian Grøvlen LYS ØE N DATE /TI ME DURATIO N LYS ØEN 1:00 DAT E/T I ME Saturday 06 June at 11:30 & 14:30 VA L E ST RA N D Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde D U R AT I ON 1:00 Sunday 07 June at 11:30 & 14:30 Miriam Helms Ålien (born 1991, violin) has already performed at several editions of the Bergen International Festival, and now gives a solo recital for the first time. 'Performing Ole Bull's Et sæterbesøg in his own home is an experience I couldn't deny myself, but first and foremost I have the honour of giving the first performance of Thommessen's Bulls'hit,' explains the violinist, who is currently a postgraduate student at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The concert marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius with three of his ingenious humoresques. There are also works by Chausson and Schubert on the programme. 'Schubert's Fantasie in C major is a definite milestone in the life of a musician. Written in the year before his death, it is a fantastic example of how Schubert develops a fairly simple musical idea into a huge virtuoso masterpiece, with emotions ranging from the deepest melancholy of despair to heavenly delight,' says Miriam Helms Ålien. She was appointed concert master of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra in 2003, and has subsequently been in great demand. Her appointment in Bergen sta