“They can go all the way – it’s up to themselves,” says Arve Tellefsen about Ragnhild and Eldbjørg Hemsing, winners of the Arve Tellefsens Musician’s Award 2012.
“The Hemsing sisters are two highly gifted violinists, each in their own way. Whilst Eldbjørg (22) concentrates on classical music, Ragnhild (24) has ranged wider, and moved into folk music. They are excellent representatives for young ambitious musicians who do not recognise limitations – they can only see opportunities and want to explore various forms of music. These girls have originality in their playing, and a charisma during their concerts which is simply unique. They can go all the way if they want to,,” says Arve Tellefsen, who has followed their progress over the years.
Arve Tellefsen’s Musician’s Award was created by the St. Olav Festival, which also finances and hands out the award. It’s designed to encourage young, Norwegian musicians who make their mark by excellent performances. The prize is NOK 100,000 and a statue by Per Ung. The award ceremony takes place in Trondheim on 1 August, when Ragnhild and Eldbjørg Hemsing play the prize-winner’s concert with Tor Espen Aspaas on piano.