23-year-old Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth is performing at Limelight at the 100 Club on Oxford Street with a programme that includes Ravel, Piazzola, de Falla and Grieg
Born in 1987, Tine belongs to a new generation of Norwegian soloists and indeed a new generation of brass soloists all together, perhaps more influenced by the idiom of string players and singers than what used to be the case. Tine's approach to music is refreshingly focused and straightforward, with an extra touch of artistic magic that reaches everyone who hears her playing. She started to play trumpet at the age of 7 and is already one of the leading trumpet soloists of her generation. Already in her short career Helseth has appeared as a soloist with, amongst others, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and all the major Norwegian orchestras.
Helseth's debut album (Classical Trumpet Concertos with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra) was released in November 2007 on the Norwegian Simax label and named 'Classical Recording of the Year' by the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. Her second album, 'My Heart is Ever Present', a collection of Tine's favourite Christmas songs and hymns released in November 2009, went to 'gold' in the Norwegian classical chart after just three weeks.
Appearances for Ms. Helseth at European festivals have included the Schleswig-Holstein, Festival Mecklenbrug-Vorpommern, Rheingau Music Festival, Bergen International and Kissinger Summer Festival where, in 2007, she was awarded the Luitpold Prize as the most outstanding and interesting young artist of the year. She also opened the gala concert for the Nobel Peace Prize event in 2007.
Amongst the long list of awards garnered by Ms. Helseth, she has received the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, 'Newcomer of the Year' at the 2007 Norwegian Grammy Awards (and the first classical artist ever to be nominated), second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition and the prestigious Prince Eugen’s Culture Prize in Stockholm.
Highlights of the 2010/2011 season include her debut with Orchestre de Lille in France and her Carnegie Hall recital debut.