Tine Thing Helseth (phonetic pron.Tin-eh Ting Hel-set) (Norwegian pronunciation: ; born August 18, 1987 in Oslo) is a Norwegian trumpet soloist specializing in classical repertoire.
Helseth started to play trumpet at the age of 7 and studies at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. Her teachers have included Heidi Johanessen (Norwegian National Opera Orchestra) and since 2002 Arnulf Naur Nilsen (Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra).
"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. At the age of 20 Tine Thing Helseth has the best reason in the world for playing and recording these concertos: She makes wonderful music!" - Simax about her first recording
Tine Thing Helseth, born in 1987, 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, all the major Norwegian orchestras and further afield with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
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.
In connection with the award show of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007, Tine Thing Helseth was given the honourable task to open the great galla concert in Oslo. The concert was transmitted on TV to viewers all over the world.
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.
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 at the end of 2009 included her U.S. recital debut in Washington. D.C and a return to the Ulster Orchestra. Future engagements during the 2009/2010 season include the Norrköpings Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Bern. 2010/2011 season will among others bring her France debut with Orchestre de Lille and her Carnegie Hall recital debut.
A NEW STAR ON THE CLASSSICAL MUSIC SKY …She plays with radiance strong enough to light up the entire hall - her embouchure is light and her technique impressive. Each note is marvellous and her dynamics are based on natural and deeply felt musicality. As the young artist performed the delightful Andante she showed us just how wonderfully a trumpet can sing. It sounded like a song, but there were no need for words… (Concert review in Zürcher Landzeitung, June 2008, Haydn and Hummel trumpetconcertos with INSO Lemberg)
The twenty-year-old Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth was a magnificent choice. With supremacy and soft embouchure, she delivered the star performance of the evening. Especially in the popular and well-known Rondo movement, with its breakneck run. At an early stage of the concert she proved her musicality through a compelling and beautifully performed cadenza, whilst still communicating brilliantly with her woodwind colleagues… (Concert review in Neue Westfälische Zeitung, December 2007, Haydn trumpetconcerto with Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Andris Nelsons)
Have we ever before heard this level of melancholia, such as what we heard in the Andante movement, or in the flowing and lively dance of the finale movement? When have we ever heard anyone run that brilliantly up and down along the scale? And that, on a trumpet! On this instrument that was formerly used to open splendid doors and gates for worldly and clerical rulers… (Concert review Lippische Landzeitung, December 2007 Haydn trumpetconcerto with Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Andirs Nelsons)
She overcomes the technical challenges with surplus energy, allowing her to focus on making music with her trumpet. At that moment there were not one person questioning why she won the second prize during the EBU finale for young musicians in Vienna earlier this year… (Dagbladet 2006, Hemri Tomasi: Trumpet concerto with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra)
She appears to have calmness, balance, musicality and mastering of technicality. She has vigour, confidence and natural authority, and her instrumental nerve demands the attention of listeners… As a soloist she falls into the line of several Norwegians who have shown extraordinary talent playing this instrument. Instrumental control and musical stability is what characterizes the entire expiration. There is no doubt she is an exceptional musician heading towards the top. (Aftenposten, Idar Karevold, 2006, Hayd: Trumpet concerto with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra)
Even the first tone from the trumpet revealed an intimate intensity that captured the audience immediately - whether she played with or without a mute. Hardly ever has a trumpet been played with such softness and gentleness… (Concert review in Maipost, July 2008, Kissinger Sommer, Bad Kissingen, Recital with Veststard Shimkus)
The first sensation of the night was the Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth. The way she plays, the nineteen-year-old must be obsessed by her instrument … (Concert review in Saale-Zeitung, June 2007, Kissinger Sommer, Bad Kissingen, Chambermusic)
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