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19-year-old violinist receives music scholarship from Statoil

STAVANGER -- Violinist Guro Kleven Hagen, from Valdres, Norway, has been awarded the Statoil talent scholarship in classical music for 2013. The scholarship is part of Statoil' s Heroes of Tomorrow talent program, through which the company supports young performers in education, sports and culture. The classical music scholarship is worth $163,000.

Hagen began playing the violin at age five. Two years later, she enrolled in the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, where she has completed a bachelor' s degree, and is in her second year of the master' s degree program. Over the last two years, she has also studied with Professor Antje Weithaas at Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, and she has already made her mark internationally.

"Skill beyond doubt"

Jury chair Leif Ove Andsnes was impressed by the quality of all the nominees for this year' s scholarship, and explains what made them pick Guro:

"Guro Kleven Hagen is a musician who, in spite of her youth, is already a household name in Norway. Her violin skills are beyond doubt and there is a fascinating poetry to her performances. Kleven Hagen is an exceedingly thorough, serious and hard-working musician in continuous development, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Audiences are easily impressed and affected by her presence on stage, as we feel certain that we will hear a lot from her in the coming years, on stages both domestic and foreign," said Andsnes.

Dreaming of making a living from her music

The young violinist placed second in the Eurovision Young Musicians contest in Vienna in 2010, and made her debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring of 2011.

Next year will see the launch of her first CD, playing violin concertos by Bruch and Prokofiev with the Oslo Philharmonic. She has also played with several other orchestras, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Karelia Opera Orchestra in Russia.

Promoting classical talents

Statoil' s Heroes of Tomorrow talent program is all about promoting people with the ability and will to think outside the box; recognizing people who have the skills and stamina to work hard toward outstanding results.

The winner was selected by an independent jury, and was announced on Nov. 25 during Statoil' s annual autumn concert. The members of the jury for the classical music scholarship are Tine Thing Helseth, Randi Stene, Peter Herresthal, Rolf Lennart StensØ and Per Boye Hansen, in addition to chair Leif Ove Andsnes.



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