Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Tine Thing Helseth
BBT Fellowship 2009

Tine Thing Helseth - Biography

Tine Thing Helseth received support from BBT between 2009 and 2013.  For an up-to-date biography go to

Following her 2013 BBC Proms debut performance of Matthias Pintscher’s Chute d’étoiles with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has rapidly established herself as one of the foremost trumpet soloists of our time, garnering critical praise for her soulful, lyrical sound and collaborative approach to music-making.

An artist who challenges the boundaries of genre with an intensely creative, open-minded philosophy, Tine has worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras to date, including the Bamberger Symphoniker, NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne, Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Orchestre philharmonique de Luxembourg.

Tine has been the recipient of various awards for her work in classical music, including “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards, the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, and second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, to which Tine returned to serve as juror for the 2016 competition.

In 2012, Tine recorded Storyteller with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, released on the EMI Classics label. Tine released a further, self-titled CD in March 2013, presenting a personal selection of original and transcribed works, accompanied by pianist Kathryn Stott.

Tine resides in Oslo and maintains an active role in her community as a regular TV and radio presenter, and also teaches trumpet at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In June 2013, Tine launched her own festival, Tine@Munch, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch. The three days of curated events and performances at Oslo’s Edvard Munch Museum featured a variety of performances and guest artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti, and Truls Mork.

Last updated: October 2018

Read Tine Thing Helseth’s BBT Blog

I felt extremely honoured and grateful when I learned that I would receive a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship. Honoured because of the many great musicians that already belonged to this “family”, and grateful for knowing that there exists such a wonderful organisation which helps artists in this very special way. I’m grateful for the help to buy a brand new Corno da caccia, a modern version of the old hunting horn for which you can find a lot of forgotten repertoire. I am also looking forward to starting the process of commissioning a work. The inspiration, enthusiasm and wonderful conversations with Susan and the rest of the people at the BBT are something I will take with me and always remember.

Photographs by Paul Mitchell