Guro Kleven Hagen, Violin


The Norwegian violinist Guro Kleven Hagen has, since her debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Jukka Pekka Saraste in 2011, been performing with most of the professional orchestras in Scandinavia. Her debut recording with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Bjarte Engeset was chosen as “Editor´s Choice of the Month” by Gramophone Magazine in August 2014, and was also short-listed in the Gramophone Guide as one of the finest classical releases of 2014/2015. Her recent recording «Fait pleurer les songes», including sonatas by Ravel, Poulenc and Prokofiev performed with Marianna Shirinyan, was released May 2017. This season will include her debut with Stockholm Philharmonic.
As soloist, Guro has worked internationally with conductors such as Vasili Petrenko, Ed Gardner, Kryzstof Urbanskij, Johannes Gustavsson and Christian Arming. As a chamber musician, Guro has performed with Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Anders Tomter, Alisa Weilerstein, Lars Anders Tomter, Maxim Rysanov, István Várdai, Ida Haendel and Itamar Golan. Guro has for the past 5 years been organizing her own festival, as she in 2013 was appointed artistic director of Valdres sommersymfoni. The festival has hosted artists such as Paul Lewis, Truls Mørk, Vilde Frang, Maxim Rysanov and Quatour Ebène.

Guro plays on a C. Bergonzi, also known as the “Kreisler-Bergonzi” kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

Violin Concertos and Sonatas

Alexander Glazunov

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Antonin Dvorak

Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100

Claude Debussy

Sonata in G minor

Dmitry Kabalevsky

Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 48

Dmitry Shostakovich

Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 134

Edvard Grieg

Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, Op. 13

Felix Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64

Franz Joseph Haydn

Violin Concerto No. 1 in C Hob.VIIa

Franz Schubert

Violin Sonata in G minor, D. 408

Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Lera Auerbach

Sonata no. 2, Op. 63

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Concerto in D major op 61

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Sergej Prokofiev

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violin Sonata No. 26 in B flat Major, KV 378
Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major, KV 379
Works for solo violin

Eugene Ysaÿe

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 27
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 27, "Ballade"
Violin Sonata No. 6 in E major, Op. 27

Fritz Kreisler

Recitativo and Scherzo, Op. 6

Georg Philipp Telemann

Fantasy no. 7 in E flat major, TWW 40, no. 20
Fantasy no. 8 in E major, TWW 40, no. 21

Glenn Erik Haugland

If I am not for Myself, who will be?

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

John Corigliano

The Red Violin Caprices
Fabulous, Guro!
Bergens Tidende
Sun, 2010-06-06
“Chaconne” (Bach) from Partita nr. 2 I d-moll for Solo Violin was the opening number, and the soloist had obviously decided to show her very best side. And what a talent. In full admiration for her supreme play. Exceptional intonation, crystal clear intervals and harmonies, a display of versatile use of the violin bow, and focused in all she does. And it continued in Ravel “Tzigane”, where the soloist played her way through the intricate gypsy dances. …. Simply impressive.
Great Talent
Fri, 2011-04-01
The concert hall was not full despite the fact that Guro Kleven Hagen, 16 was soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic. Parents introduce their babies to sing-along, drive their children to music lessons, but do they ever invite their teenagers to classical concerts? Could one imagine a better meeting with classical music than this concert? Guro Kleven Hagen is a musician with lots of talent. She plays with natural musicality, her technique is impressive, her intonation good and a lovely stage presence. She won both the audience and the orchestra and received enthusiastic applause which was highly deserved. The challenge now must be to develop the talent further, create a great artist and not be satisfied with only a good violinist. Few have better chances of succeeding than this young lady. Erlend Hovland
Expectations Fulfilled
Fri, 2011-04-01
The expectations to 16 year old Guro Kleven Hagen were fulfilled in her first meeting with the Oslo Philharmonic. She plays with a large deep sound, even and straight forward, without unnecessary drama and impressively secure in the top. The harmonics stand shiselled and have the same flow as the rest of the concert. Her playing is free and flexible and she plays with lively warmth.
Fantastic Guro
Thu, 2011-03-31
It was no less than impressive and fantastic to experience Guro Kleven Hagen playing the demanding Tchaikovsky concerto in her debut with the Oslo Philharmonic. She does not yet have the same weight and maturity but her playing did remind one of Anne Sophie Mutter when she played the same piece in Oslo some years ago. We are very impressed and are certain that this is the beginning of an internationeal career. Kjell Moe
Oppland Arbeiderblad
Fri, 2011-04-01
We had just witnessed and exceptional interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto played by an exceptional violinist. It was not an ordinary debut with the Oslo Philharmonic where the orchestra wishes to put spotlight on a young artist, but a regular subscription concert. Kleven Hagen's playing captivated from the first tone and it was remarkable to hear the dynamic contrasts. Technically she is a perfectionist so everything is in place and enables her to play the music as she wants to. Brilliant, light and transparant, but never betraying Tchaikovsky's Russian pathos. She played the second movement with fine colours and the third movement was held strictly towards the climax. The audience rose spontaniously and gave Guro standing ovations.
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Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland

Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland

Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland

Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland

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Photo: Cathrine Dokken

Photo: Cathrine Dokken

Photo: Cathrine Dokken