Sonoro string quartet
Martha-Pil Evertsen Neumer is 19 years old and has been a member of the Young Talents program at Barratt Due Music Institute since she was twelve. She currently studies with Prof. Henning Kraggerud, Geir Inge Lotsberg and Eileen Siegel, and regularly participates in masterclasses with renowned violin professors such as Dora Schwarzberg, Isabelle van Keulen and Mihaela Martin.
Martha-Pil has won prizes and been a finalist in several competitions at home and abroad, including Jugend Musiziert in Germany, the Midgard Competition and Nordstrand Music Competition. In 2019, Martha-Pil performed Havanaise by Saint-Saens with the Barratt Due's Young Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Szilvay. She has been invited to participate in the Hemsing festival 2021 as a young talent in September.
Martha-Pil is an active chamber musician and has with her chamber groups, Sonoro String Quartet and Duo Dynamo, won numerous prizes. In 2017, Duo Dynamo reached the top of Jugend Musiziert in Germany, and they were the winners of the prestigious Midgard Prize in 2016. They also won 1st prize and top score in all their participations in the Norwegian Young Musician Competition. Martha-Pil has performed at most chamber music festivals in Norway, such as Risør, Lofoten, Gloger and Trondheim chamber music festival, and has also been giving concerts in Italy, Belgium and Sweden.
Martha-Pil also has great experience as an orchestra musician. With orchestras such as Young Strings of Norway and the German Youth Orchestra, she has toured in Portugal, Korea and Germany, giving concert in Soul Art Center, Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig and Ko?lner Philharmonie.
Martha-Pil plays on a violin built by the Belgian violin maker Thomas Meuwissen.
Hedda Aadland is 18 years old. She studied at the Barratt-Due institute of music with Tove Sinding-Larsen, Ernst Simon Glaser and Louisa Tuck.
At the age of 10, she was selected to be soloist with the Barratt-Due orchestra at Barratt-Dues annual Christmas concert. When she was 13 years old, she was soloist with the Innlandet Philharmonic Orchestra in Gjøvik. The following year, Hedda was selected as the Norwegian representative to give a recital and have a solo engagement with Schumann concerto with The Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania.
In the spring of 2020 Hedda won the Barratt-Due solo competition and was selected to play Dvorak concerto with the Barratt-Due symphony orchestra. In September 2021 Hedda will also have a solo engagement with KORK (the Norwegian radio orchestra).
Hedda has won a number of first prizes in the Sparre Olsen competition, Midgard competition, Jugend Musiziert and UMM.
Hedda has also performed at many festivals such as Oslo and Risør chamber music festival, in addition to performing at the royal palace in Oslo and in Rome in the Norwegian embassy. Hedda has been principal cellist of the Young Philharmonic orchestra for 2 consecutive years. The Summer of 2021 Hedda has also been selected to be part of the prestigious Papillon solo program in Valdres, Norway. Hedda has participated in summer courses in Astona in Switzerland, Bowdoin in Maine, Interlochen in Michigan and voksenåsen in Oslo.
Tuva Odland is a 19 year old violinist. Last semester she began her studies at Barratt Due institute of music with Stephan Barratt Due. She has also been a part of M@M and Young Musicians at NMH, where she served as concertmaster of the chamber orchestra from 2018-2020. In 2019 she was the concertmaster of Young Philharmonic, performing Mahler 1st symphony. The same year she played Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate as a soloist with RØST.
Tuva is an active chamber musician, and has been engaged in several festivals around Norway; including Lofoten, Trondheim, Gloger, Horten, Risør, Norsjø, FjordClassics and Oslo. She plays the viola in Sonoro String Quartet, which was awarded the Midgard Prize during the competition 2020.
Previously, she has worked regularly with Ani Scharch and Detlef Hahn, both related to the Royal College of Music in London. She has also participated in several international courses and worked with Vadim Gluzman and Ilya Kaler, among others. Tuva plays a Nicholas Gilles, on a generous loan from Dextra Musica.
Alva Holm is 21 years old. She made her concerto debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, winning ’Polstjärnepriset’ with her performance of Carl Nielsen’s testing Violin Concerto. She has twice been victorious at the Jacob Gade Violin Competition and won both First Prize and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra’s special prize at the Danish Strings Competition.
Following her competition victories, Alva was approached by a raft of orchestras, promoters and festivals and has appeared regularly as a concerto soloist and chamber musician since; in the latter capacity, she continues to perform in a duo with her brother, pianist Elias Holm. Alva has been a soloist with orchestras throughout Scandinavia including the Aarhus Symphony and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras. In autumn 2020 she’s invited back with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra to perform Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with conductor Marc Soustrot.
Alva began her musical education at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with the Ukrainian violinist Alexandre Zapolski, who gave her a particular appreciation of the Slavic violin tradition with its focus on quality of tone and colour combined with its deep communicative and expressive impulse. She continued her studies with Peter Herresthal at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. She has participated in master-classes with violinists including Henning Kraggerud, Nicola Benedetti, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Pinchas Zukerman and Vilde Frang.
Alva has been the recipient of prestigious scholarships from the Augustinus Foundation, Sonning Foundation, Jacob Gades Legacy and the Carl and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Legacy. She plays on a Gagliano instrument from 1760, on loan from the Augustinus Foundation. In 2020 she joined Nordic Artists Management as a Young Artist.