Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad was born in 1994 and lives in Oslo, Norway. He started to play the violin at five before moving to the viola as his main instrument at 14. He is currently a student at Barratt Due Institute of Music, studying with Soon-Mi Chung and Henning Kraggerud.
In 2012 Eivind won Eurovision Young Musician competition in Vienna and since has established himself as one of Norway’s most important young talents. In recent years he has also received the Arve Tellefsen Prize, Øyvind Bergh’s Memorial Prize, the Karoline Prize and the Statoil Award. As a soloist Eivind has already performed with such orchestras as the Oslo Philharmonic and the NRK Orchestras.
Eivind is a prolific chamber musician and has been in demand in Norway already for some years. Recent invitations have seen him perform at the Elverum, Oslo, Stavanger and Risør Chamber Music Festivals and he is now a regular guest at the Bergen International Music Festival. Festival partners have included such names as Akiko Suwanai, Henning Kraggerud, Lars Anders Tomter, Tanja Tetzlaff, Itamar Golan, Håvard Gimse, Christian Ihle Hadland and Leif Ove Andsnes.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include his debuts with both the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras with violinist Guro Kleven Hagen performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. He will also return to the Oslo Philharmonic orchestra performing Walton’s Viola Concerto.
As a young musician today it is a privilege to get support from BBT, which takes care of its musicians helping them both financially and with advice on how to find their own path. For me the BBT means a lot because of their understanding of the classical music world and how I, as a young musician, can take my place amongst the vast majority of great musicians. This kind of support is rare, and I am very honoured that I have joined the BBT family!
Photographs by Nikolaj Lund