The Norwegian artist takes up his role with the UK institution in September


Henning Kraggerud is to join the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK as its International Chair in Violin in September. The Norwegian violinist, violist and composer is co-artistic director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, artistic director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

‘When the RNCM asked me to be their International Chair in Violin, I felt very honoured,’ he said. ‘I have, on several occasions, given masterclasses and most recently led an orchestral day there, and I find the atmosphere of this college absolutely splendid. Inspired and accomplished students and certainly a place I like to teach and play.

‘Manchester is one of my most visited cities and I have lost count of how many concerts I have played there, mostly as soloist with the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall. Not only that, but my great-grandfather was born there and his father even staged music for the Earl of Bridgewater. So this new connection with Manchester is very welcome indeed.’

Photo: Robert Romik

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