Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen is known for her adventurous approach to programming and presentation, as well as her breath-taking artistry and technical finesse.
She has appeared as soloist on many of the world’s leading stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Philharmonie, London’s Barbican Centre and Paris’ Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Samuelsen is an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, releasing her debut album MARI on the Yellow Label earlier this year. The album programmes J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2, paired with works from composers such as Phillip Glass, Max Richter, Pēteris Vasks, Peter Gregson and Jóhan Jóhannsson.
Her drive to not do what is traditionally expected is what has turned Mari Samuelsen into an inspiration for a global audience.
The 2019/20 season will see Samuelsen perform with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic (and Kristian Järvi) across Europe as well as the recording, and later world premiere, of Max Richter’s Voices at the Barbican in London. She regularly works with the British composer as a soloist, you can read more about their partnership here.
Samuelsen’s recent work also includes collaborations with electronic music artists Jeff Mills and Dubfire, and multimedia artist Philipp Geist.
Her presence, popularity and the impact of her music among new audiences is astonishing, having reached 25 million views in her YouTube video of “Summer” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons alone.