Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde

 31 May
 Valestrand, Norway
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 Bergen International Festival
with Gunnar Flagstad Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde, born in Bergen in 1996, was the Norwegian contestant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2014. At the Bergen International Festival she performed to a capacity audience at Grieghallen with Leif Ove Andsnes and another two young, talented musicians, Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad and Sandra Lied Haga. Shimano Welde has also made solo appearances at Wigmore Hall in London, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Izumi Hall in Osaka. A Norwegian reviewer wrote last autumn: 'It was a delight to hear Shimano Welde's natural contact with her instrument.' At this concert at Ole Bull's residence in Valestrand she plays works by Schumann, Thommessen, Debussy and Bull. Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde violin Gunnar Flagstad piano ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856) Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 1 in A minor, op. 105 OLAV ANTON THOMMESSEN (1946–) Cantabile (Etude-Cadenza) CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 OLE BULL (1810–1880) Andante Doloroso e Rondo Gioccoso Sponsored by the TTS Group This concert and most of the other Bergen International Festival concerts at Lysøen, Valestrand, Siljustøl and Troldhaugen are curated by professor Peter Herresthal. Herresthal explains: 'The theme running through this series of concerts is the Norwegian composer Olav Anton Thommessen. With a twinkle in his eye he has incorporated Bergen composers and other celebrities into his music. During the festival we can experience miniature performances from several fancifully entitled works: Bull'shit (for violin), the virtuoso piece EingeBacht, the grandiose sE Det VAR Det (meaning Look, that's it, but note what the capitals spell), built over Grieg's Ballade, and his fabulous Mendelssohn-inspired Piano Trio Scherzofonia/Scherzofrenia, which has been performed only once before, at the 1982 Bergen International Festival.' TRANSPORT Bus Duration of bus trip: 45 mins CONCERT at 13:00 Departure from Strandkaien, Mathallen at 12:00 Return from Valestrand, departure at 15:00 CONCERT at 15:00 Departure from Strandkaien, Mathallen at 14:00 Return from Valestrand, departure at 17:00

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