15/5: Spring

Concert at Troldhaugen with pianist Ellen Ugelvik and soprano Astrid Nordstad together with our Director Christian Grøvlen, Saturday 15 May at 13:00.

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Welcome to the last concert of our spring programme. Spring will soon be over, but we are not letting go of it quite yet, as we have invited pianist Ellen Ugelvik and mezzosoprano Astrid Nordstad.

During this concert we will listen to Grieg's music in familiar and unfamiliar ways. Ellen Ugelvik will play an exciting version of Grieg's lyrical pieces which have been recomposed by Christian Blom.  Astrid Nordstad will perform Grieg's Vinjesanger op. 33 together with Christian Grøvlen. Opus 33 is considered to be one of the highlights of Grieg's career, and was dedicated to a Agathe Backer Grøndahl, who we have focused on earlier in the spring programme. 

Concert in Troldsalen
Saturday 15 May at 13.00

Ellen Ugelvik, piano
Astrid Nordstad, mezzosopran
Christian Grøvlen, piano

About the artists

Ellen Ugelvik from Bergen started her music education at the Grieg Academy with Einar Røttingen as her teacher. Ugelvik has immersed herself in contemporary music and gives concerts worldwide, as a soloist and chamber musician. In the contemporary music category, she has won the Spellemann Prize three times and in 2016 she was named Performer of the Year by the Norwegian Composers' Association. As a soloist, she has commissioned and premiered new piano concerts with amongst others: the Oslo Philharmonic, KORK, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and BIT20 Ensemble. Ugelvik is employed as a researcher at the Arne Nordheim Center at the Norwegian Academy of Music in addition to her performance career. She is also a member of the ensembles asamisimasa and Jageflygel.

Raised in the city of Trondheim, Norwegian mezzosoprano Astrid Nordstad has already marked herself as an exciting and aspiring young singer. She started her formal training at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she – as an especially talented student – was chosen to participate in the prestigious opera program at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (ONAA). Thereafter, Astrid finished her studies at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark.  As an active concert singer, Astrid has performed the solo part in works such as Händels Messiah, The St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio of Bach, and is in her native Norway a highly sought-after performer of Griegs Haugtussa song cycle.   

Christian Grøvlen is the new Director of KODEs Composer Homes. He made his debut as a pianist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in 2019 and with The Norwegian National Opera Orchestra in 2020. In 2017, his first recording “Bach - Inside Polyphony” was released, and in 2021 his next album "Eventyr" will be released. Grøvlen has been awarded the Robert Levin Prize, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize and the Statens Kunstnerstipend. 


Christian Blom (1974): Lyriske stykker 
1.    Liten fugl 
2.    Vokterens sang 
3.    Sommerfugl 
4.    Ensom vandrer
5.    Halling


Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) 
Tolv melodier til dikt av A. O. Vinje / Twelve Songs to Poems by A. O. Vinje, Op. 33 

 (dedicated to Agathe Backer Grøndahl) 
1. Guten / The Youth 
2. Våren / Last Spring 
3. Den særde / The Wounded Heart 
4. Tyteberet / The Berry 
5. Langs ei Å / Beside the Stream 
6. Eit Syn / A Vision 
7. Gamle Mor / The Old Mother 
8. Det Første / The First Thing 
9. Ved Rondane / At Rondane 
10. Eit Vennestykke / A Piece on Friendship 
11. Trudom / Faith 
12. Fyremål / The Goal 

Booking and tickets

Entrance to the museum and Grieg's villa is included in the ticket.

The Troldhaugen café is open, serving coffee, tea and light meals.

Adults NOK 290
KODE Members NOK 250
Students NOK 250
Children NOK 50

Duration: ca. 45 min.

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If available, tickets will be for sale at the door the day of the concert.