The Norwegian violist Eivind Ringstad (b. 1994) made his breakthrough winning Eurovision Young Musicians 2012 and made his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Eivind Aadland in 2013, ultimately resulting in his debut CD for Lawo classics in 2017 (Walton’s Viola Concerto and Sinding’s Suite).
In 2016, Eivind was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship award. At the same time, he was appointed to BBC New Generation Artists 2016-2018, via which he made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2017 as well as at the Edinburgh Festival 2018 alongside regular recital partner German pianist David Meier.
Eivind performs with all the BBC orchestras in the UK, as well as such orchestras as Copenhagen Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Kristiansand Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Vienna Radio and Norwegian Radio orchestras, Dala Sinfoniettan, London Sinfonietta and both the Norwegian and Polish chamber orchestras. Recent Finnish debuts include with both the Lahti Symphony and Kuopio Symphony orchestras.
Eivind is a prolific chamber musician. He is a regular fixture on Norway’s thriving chamber music scene and his collaborators include Leif Ove Andsnes, Janine Jansen, Anthony Marwood, Henning Kraggerud, Beatrice Rana and Steven Isserlis. In 2018 he was appointed artistic director for Norsjø Chamber Music Festival, in Telemark alongside pianist Øyvind Sundsvalen and composer Martin Ødegaard.
Eivind often makes his own transcriptions – of Grieg, Ysaÿe, Elgar and Bull – to show all the possibilities of the viola. He has commissioned several works and premièred young Norwegian composer Peder Barratt-Due’s Correspondences at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival.
Eivind started to play the violin at the age of five, moving to the viola as his main instrument nine years later. He studied at Barratt Due music institute in Oslo, Norway with Soon-Mi Chung. He has received several Norwegian prizes, including the 2013Arve Tellefsen Musician Prize (2013) and the Statoil (Equinor) Prize (2014).
He plays the G Guadagnini ex-Vieuxtemps viola dating from 1768, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.
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