Mari Halvorsen - fiolin

Mari Halvorsen
Mari Birgitte Halvorsen (b. 1992) started playing violin at the age of 2 and has been seen as one of Norway's most talented and exciting musicians from an early age.

She started learning the violin in 1994 with her mother, Anne-Berit Halvorsen (founder of the Norwegian Suzuki association), before she in 2003 started studying with Sigyn Fossnes and entered the Talent program at Barratt Due music institute in 2007. Here, she was also a member of the prestigious Conservatory class, an opportunity presented only to the best students of the Talent program.

Since the beginning of her studies, Mari has been an active and very popular freelance violinist, both as a chamber musician, tango violinist and orchestra musician. In recent years, she has appeared as concertmaster and guest leader in several orchestras like Århus Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic and the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, where she was associate concertmaster 2017-2018.

Mari has mastered many of the big violin concertos and has performed Prokofiev Violin Concerto no 1, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Brahms Violin Concerto with orchestra. In 2016 she was 1 of 9 hand picked contestants to be invited for the final rounds of Princess Astrid International Music Competition, being one of only two Norwegians.

As a chamber musician, Mari is a member of the multiple award winning trio, Ligetrio, together with Eirik Haaland (solo French hornist in Trondheim Symphony Orchestra) and Eirik Fosstveit (pianist). After playing Brahms' and Ligeti's horn trios, their focus has been on contemporary music and they have worked with and performed music by Wolgang Plagge, Jon Øivind Ness, Jonas Skaarud and Martin Nygård Haug. She has a wide chamber music repertoire and has been working with renowned musicians Elise Båtnes, Christian Grøvlen, TrioBauge, Are Sandbakken and many more.

Mari is, as a recognized tango violinist, often working with bandoneonist Per Arne Glorvigen, double bassist Steinar Haugerud and pianist Sverre Indris Joner among others. She tours frequently with Per Arne Glorvigen and Steinar Haugerud, often accompanied by dancers Sofia Saborido and Pablo Inza, and she has also had the joy and privilege of working together with the great bandoneonist Juan Mosalini and Argentinian violinist Leo Ferreyra.

During her years at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Mari studied with Professor Detlef Hahn, both throughout her Bachelor and Masters degrees, while also having lessons with i.a. Isabelle van Keulen, Elise Båtnes, Wolgang Plagge and Are Sandbakken. She has also received lessons from Vilde Frang, Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Leon Spirer, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Arve Tellefsen and Stephan Barratt-Due, to mention a few.