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074 m LYSØ EN T IC KET Standard: 610 Under 30: 150 OT H ER Transportation included in the ticket. More information on page 105 Festival Card: 30 % discount Supported by Anders Sveaas' Charitable Foundation BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2016 Ole Bull’s home FOU N DAT I ON S David & Julie Coucheron LYS ØEN D U R AT I ON 1:00 The beautiful villa on Lysøen – the Island of Light – was built in 1873 as a summer residence for Ole Bull. It is something of a fairy-tale castle with its onion domes and intricate ornamentation. For many, the boat journey to the island culminating in a concert in Ole Bull’s unorthodox sitting room is a valued tradition. DAT E/T I ME Saturday 28 May at 11:30 & 14:30 The Coucherons come home to Bull. Did you know that Norway has a concert master in one of the USA’s foremost orchestras? David Coucheron started in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2010 as the younger concert master in the USA. He is also an experienced soloist and chamber musician. As children the brother and sister team charmed audiences in Norway before venturing out. David trained at the Curtis School in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York, while Julie was at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Julie’s international career is based in London, Atlanta and New York. In Ole Bull’s fairy tale villa they perform a highly varied programme with room for virtuoso sibling love. David Coucheron violin Julie Coucheron piano 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 6 Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad with Håvard Gimse LYSØ E N DAT E / T IME DU RAT ION 1:00 Sunday 29 May at 11:30 & 14:30 A romantic sojourn in Bull’s fairy tale castle. ‘Ole Bull’s music is incredibly captivating and not least beautiful. To be able to play it in his own home is fabulous,’ says Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, one of Norway’s most impressive young talented musicians. The young viola player has arranged works by Brahms, Elgar and other composers for his instrument, and in this concert he plays favourites by Franz Schubert, Ole Bull and Edvard Grieg. He has also chosen to play excerpts from the film music suite Gadfly, in which we see Shostakovich from his entertaining side. Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (1994–) took first prize in the 2012 Eurovision Young Musician Competition – the first Norwegian to do so. He is a student at the Barratt Due Music Institute, and is one of three virtuoso performers in the Crescendo program at the 2016 Bergen International Festival. Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad viola Håvard Gimse piano Sponsored by Statoil 074 #FE STSPILLEN E16 075 Charlie Siem with Sveinung Bjelland LYSØ E N DAT E / T IME DU RAT ION 1:00 Saturday 04 & Sunday 05 June at 11:30 & 14:30 Passion and worldly-wise westerly wind. British-Norwegian Charlie Siem is today one of the most highly profiled young classical musicians in Britain, well established as an international soloist. In 2014 he released his fourth solo album to date, Under the Stars. At Lysøen he will perform favourites by Beethoven, Grieg and Bull, accompanied by the distinguished pianist Sveinung Bjelland. Beethoven’s work, dedicated to the violinist Radolphe Kreutzer, later gave name to Tolstoy’s famous novella, which describes how the prurience of the Kreutzer Sonata results in a crime of passion. A possessive husband hears his wife and her violinist lover playing together, and becomes obsessed with the thought of their concealing their lovemaking from him. ‘The Kreutzer Sonata is iconic. It makes special demands both on the pianist and on me, and I wanted to combine it with music by the great sons of the west coast, Grieg and Bull. We chose to play Grieg’s late romantic sonata, which reflects both the German style and the Norwegian spirit, and to play Bull’s Paganiniinspired Cantabile doloroso e Rondo giocoso. I am a huge Bull fan – both of his personality and his violin playing,’ says Siem, who has a family connection with the charismatic virtuoso. Charlie Siem violin Sveinung Bjelland piano W W W.F IB.N O 075