The Norwegian violist Eivind Ringstad is today featured as one of the most prominent violists of his generation. He made his breakthrough after winning the Eurovision Young Musicians 2012 and has since performed at major festivals and concert venues around the world including in Germany, South-Korea, Italy, Holland, Iceland, Brazil, Mexico, UK and the whole of Scandinavia.
He made his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Eivind Aadland in 2013. This collaboration amounted to a debut CD for Lawo classics in 2017, featuring Walton Viola Concerto and Sinding Suite transcribed/arranged for viola and orchestra. This season he will release his second disc featuring music for viola and piano on Rubicon Classics, supported by his Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellowship, awarded in 2016. That same year Eivind was appointed to the BBC New Generation Artists talent scheme (2016-2018).
Eivind has been invited and re-invited to all the BBC orchestras in the UK. Further, he has performed with orchestras such as Copenhagen Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, Norwegian Radio, Norwegian Chamber and Lahti Symphony orchestras as well as the London Sinfonietta.
He has a great passion for chamber music and has collaborated with some of the most distinguished chamber musicians around, among them Leif Ove Andsnes, Janine Jansen, Anthony Marwood, Henning Kraggerud, Beatrice Rana and Steven Isserlis.
Eivind is also currently artistic director for Norsjø Chamber music festival, which takes place in Telemark, Norway.
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