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Mari & Hakon Samuelsen: Bio

The remarkable rise of Norwegian siblings Mari and Hakon Samuelsen is the result of their artistry and enterprise. For more than 20 years on stage, the brother and sister-phenomen have connected with audience and musicians across the world. A chief aim of the Samuelsens is to enlarge and expand the repertoire for cello and violin. In autumn 2014 the duo will give the world premiere performance of a Double Concerto by Oscar-winning composer, James Horner, in the 175th anniversary with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with conductor Vasily Petrenko.

Alongside international careers, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen have a strong rooth to their native Norway. Growing up in most beautiful surroundings outside Hamar, they have always felt a strong bound to their home-district. 10 Years ago they founded A Christmas Concert from Norway, Klassisk Julekonsert. This event presents friends and colleges of Mari and Hakon from their national and international relations. The concert have been hosted by HH. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and broadcast on national and international tv-networks for the last five years. December 7th this year the concert will again take place in Vang Church, Hamar.

The Norwegian brother and sister have been shown great honour from the regional gouvernment and have received several Culture-prices over the years. In March 2014, Mari and Hakon returns as soloists for the official opening of the new concert house.

Mari and Håkon have appeared as soloists at venues including Carnegie Hall, Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Konzerthaus Berlin, Smetana Hall, Victoria Hall, Kremlin Hall, the Oslo Opera, Wolf Trap Centre in Washington DC and at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The duo's highly acclaimed performances of the Brahms Double Concerto in Milan with I Pomeriggi Musicali in May 2011 resulted in immediate re-invitations for both 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons.

This season, they returned to Milan with pianist, Behzod Abduraimov to perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto. In May 13 the duo made their debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in  UK-tour with Brahms double-concerto and conductor Alexander Shelly. In December they will return to Liverpool as soloists in the concert-serie, the Spirit of Christmas, with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerts will be presented by BBC's Classic FM's  John Suchet and broadcast on December 23rd.

1 Horner: Pas De Deux - Part I
2 Horner: Pas De Deux - Part II
3 Horner: Pas De Deux - Part III
4 Arvo Part - Fratres
5 Giovanni Sollima - Violoncelles, Vibrez
6 Ludovico Einaudi - Divenire
James Horner -Pas de Deux: Mari and Hakon Samuelsen
James Horner: Pas De Deux with Mari & Hakon Samuelsen. Album Trailer
Pas De Deux - James Horner - World Premiere

The dynamic, genre-defying Norwegian duo are discussing their hugely successful first major commission, Pas de Deux. It's a hypnotic, post-minimalist concerto for violin and cello by the Academy Award-winning film composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar). It receives its world premiere recording here, and is partnered with hauntingly beautiful works by Arvo Pärt, Ludovico Einaudi, and Giovanni Sollima. Classical stars Mari and Håkon have performed individually at venues as prestigious as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall, and since their early twenties have also worked as a duo. They've had spectacular successes: in 2004 they founded an annual Christmas Concert in Norway which is now broadcast into over 116 million homes internationally. But the lack of duo repertoire has always been a problem. There is just one acknowledged concerto masterpiece for their instruments (Brahms's Double Concerto in A minor), and a handful of other lesser-known pieces to play.

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