Artist Profiles: Gjermund Larsen

Gjermund Larsen – Photo by Geir Dokken

Gjermund Larsen is a gifted violinist and composer. He also plays the cello. His music displays an unusually broad emotional range, from virtuosic brilliance to gentle tenderness. Gjermund takes a masterlful approach to the older tonalities while at the same time he enjoys exploring new styles and presenting remarkable improvisations.

He was awarded first prize in the elite Category A in the National Contest for Traditional Music in Norway for fiddle twice, and also received the King’s Trophy.

His 2008 release Ankomst won the Spellemannprisen award, the most prestigious music award in Norway.

in 2013, Larsen partiicpated in the album Lars Petter Hagen, along with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rolf Gupta.

Gjermund Larsen’s trio during 2009-2016 included Andreas Utnem (grand piano and harmonium) and Sondre Meisfjord (bass).

Discography

Søttenpassingen (ta-lik), with Einar Olav Larsen (2004)
Brytningstid (Grappa/Heilo, 2006)
Ankomst (Grappa, 2008)
Går I Fjøs (Øra Fonogram, 2009)
Aurum (Heilo, 2010)
Reise (Heilo, 2013)
Lars Petter Hagen (Aurora, 2013)
Trønderbarokk (Øra Fonogram, 2014)
Salmeklang (Heilo, 2016)

As a member of fiddle group Majorstuen

Majorstuen (2L. 2002)
Jorun Jogga (Majorstuen Fiddlers Company, 2004)
Juledrøm (Majorstuen Fiddlers Company, 2006)
Skir (Majorstuen Fiddlers Company, 2010)
White Night – Impressions of Norwegian Folk Music (Majorstuen Fiddlers Company, 2011)
Live In Concert (Majorstuen Fiddlers Company, 2012)

Web site: www.gjermundlarsen.com

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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