Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is artistic director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with a tenure recently extended to 2020. A natural and instinctive artist, Kraggerud consistently draws audiences and critics towards the genuine quality of his playing.
In the 2016-17 season, Kraggerud is invited to return to the Toronto, Vancouver and Baltimore symphony orchestras, as well as the Danish National Symphony and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, with whom Kraggerud tours to Mexico. He makes debuts with the Brussels Philharmonic and the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna and performs with the China NCPA and Macao orchestras.
A dedicated chamber musician, Kraggerud regularly performs on both violin and viola at major festivals and venues with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Lawrence Power, Leif Ove Andsnes, Natalie Clein, Christian Poltéra and Jeremy Menuhin. In the 2016-17 season, Kraggerud performs with Imogen Cooper and Adrian Brendel at London’s Kings Place, and is featured at festivals across Europe. His regular recital partners include Christian Ihle Hadland, Håvard Gimse and Kathryn Stott.
In the spirit of the old masters such as Fritz Kreisler and Eugène Ysaÿe, Kraggerud composes his own music, performing many of his own works, arrangements and cadenzas in concert. His reputation as a composer was sealed by the 2014 première of Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra, composed as musical counterparts to a story by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder. The 2016-17 season sees the UK premiere of Equinox with the Manchester Camerata under Gábor Takács–Nagy.
Kraggerud is professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo and international chair in violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Kraggerud plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù, provided by Dextra Musica AS. This company is founded by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.