Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Kraggerud is an extremely renowned violinist, violist and composer, well known for his virtuosity, creativity and strong communication skills, and these are the same qualities that is brings to his work as artistic director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
The Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Henning Kraggerud have recorded Grieg’s Three violin concertos (Naxos, 2013) and Kraggeruds own, stunning composition, Equinox (SIMAX, 2015), to be followed up with a recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons in 2017.
The string players in the Arctic Philharmonic under Kraggerud´s direction have emerged as one of the leading string orchestras in Europe, and in recent years they have made a name for themselves through recordings and the orchestra´s national and international tours, where listeners have been able to appreciate the orchestra´s energetic playing, communication skills and sheer quality of sound.
"The Arctic Philharmonic strings of Tromsø are as evocative as their leader – Norway now has a great school of string-teaching..."
- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine 5/5 stars
Kraggerud has performed on major concert stages such as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Beijing Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as a soloist with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hallé, the Melbourne Symphony and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kraggerud and violist Lars Anders Plots are artistic directors of Risør Chamber Music Festival, after taking over from Leif Ove Andsnes. Kraggerud is also a professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music. He plays a 1744 Guarneri del Gesu violin, on loan from Dextra Musica AS, Sparebankstiftelsen DnB NOR.