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Elin Marie Christensen lives in Tønsberg, Norway, and grew up at Nøtterøy, Vestfold.

She is an active and versatile musician working both as a violinist and violist known for her amazing ability to capture the audience whether performing as a soloist with an orchestra or as part of smaller groups.


EXPERIENCE
In the spring of 2015, she won the soloist competition at NTNU and played Terje Bjørklunds´violin concerto «Arctos» with the NTNU Chamber Orchestra in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.

Over several years she has played in different orchestras such as Ungdomssymfonikerne, NTNU Chamber Orchestra, Orkester Innlandet, Helgeland Sinfonietta, and most of all; the Trondheim Soloists. She has also been a member of the orchestra connected to Ringsakeroperaen, Opera Nordfjord, and Folketeateret.

 

As a member of the Trondheim Soloists and Orkester Innlandet, she has worked with musicians like Daniel Hope, Truls Mørk, Arve Tellefsen, Henning Kraggerud, Elbjørg Hemsing, Andreas Brantelid, The Norwegian Soloists´Choir, Mari Samuelsen, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Frode Haltli, Ann-Helen Moen, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Odd Nordstoga, The Real Group, Geir Lystryp, Emilia Amper, Berit Cardas , Torun Eriksen, Hildegunn Øyseth, and Siv Øyunn Kjenstad among others.

 

As a part of the Sorella String Quartet, Trio Turmo, Trio Sorella, and other chamber groups she has worked with musicians like Halvdan Sivertsen, Solistene, Torun Eriksen, Ann Helen Moen, Georg Reiss, Marja Mortensson, Aslak Brimi, Mari Midtli, Bjørn Kåre Odde, Sarah Chaksad and more.

With the Trondheim Soloists she has been touring in Norway, most of Europe, and South America, as well as participated in many CD recordings, among these Gjermund Larsen´s «Trønderbarokk» which was awarded a "Spellemannspris" in 2014 and the last recording «Reflections» which is nominated for 3 GRAMMY 2017 Awards. The album "Folk Chamber" by Bjørn Kåre Odde also won Folkelarmprisen in 2022.

As part of Oslo Strings and Madeleine Ossum, she has been playing with artists like Ane Brun, Ingrid Olava, Niels Bech, Trygve Skaug, Amanda Delara, Sondre Justad, and Bjørn Eidsvåg, and participated in several TV productions NRK and TV2.
 

Elin has also worked with the pianist Andreas Ihlebæk.

 

Since summer 2015, Elin has also been touring in Norway with the folk/crossover group "Fredholms trio". With their Norwegian and traditional repertoire, the trio has charmed a continuously expanding audience across the country. In summer 2018, they released their first album to great critics. They have also done several tours for Den kulturelle Spaserstokken. 

Since autumn 2017 Elin has been part of the orchestra at Folketeateret in Oslo during their productions of "Les Miserables", "Phantom Of the Opera" and "Reisen til Julestjernen".

 

Since autumn 2018 Elin has been touring with her string trio "Trio Turmo" with great success. In the summer of 2019 they played at the festival Grieg in Bergen, summer of 2020 they were festival artists at Festspillene Helgeland. In autumn 2021 they will play at Akonserter, Horten among other projects.

 

Since autumn 2019 Elin has played together with Stine Rem Aarønes in their duo "Duo Rem". In addition to concerts in Tønsberg Domkirke among others, they have been touring for Den Kulturelle Spaserstokken both as a duo and with Torun Eriksen.

In 2022 Elin started her own concert series' 'Tønsberg Kammer' which hosts chamber music concerts in Tønsberg with musicians like Frida Fredrikke Waaler Værvågen, Ingrid Andsnes and Nora Taksdal.


 STUDIES
Elin has her Bachelor's degree as a violinist from the Department of Music, NTNU, where she studied with Marianne Thorsen among others. Other teachers with great influence has been Berit Cardas, Sergei Azizian, Esther Hafner, Geir-Inge Lotsberg and Bård Monsen.

She has also participated in many courses at home and abroad among those over 10 courses with the Vertavo Quartet as a member of the Sorella String Quartet, and several courses at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Elin has also studied at Musicians Health and Movement Institute in Oslo and Axelsson Body Work School.

TEACHING

Elin has been a teacher at the Department of Music, NTNU, The Arctic University of Norway, the talent program of Musikk på Majorstua - Barrat Due Institute of Music, as well as courses like Ung Filharmoni, Kongsbergkurset among others. She has also been a guest teacher at the Norwegian Acadamy of Music.

Elin has held several courses on different topics relating to musicians' health at home and abroad as well as lectures at festivals like Vill Vill Vest. Countries she has visited as a teacher include Switzerland, Island, Palestine, Netherland, and Sweden among others.



SCHOLARSHIPS
She has received a scholarship from Tom Wilhelmsen's Stiftelse and a scholarship from the Department of Music, NTNU. As part of the Sorella String Quartet Elin has received "Nøtterøy Kommunes scholarship for art", "Vestfold Fylkes scholarship for art", and scholarship from "Else og Josef Haraldsens Almennyttige Fond". Elin has also received scholarships from Kulturrådet and Tønsberg Kommune.