Norland Music Festival – SPIRE

Nordland Music Festival Chamber Music – Academy Program

SPIRE is a mentoring program presented within Norland Music Festival, specifically designed for talents within the classical music sphere that facilitates self-development in several areas. SPIRE´s focus is to support musicians in development of artistry both on their instrument as well as in the process of developing their career. Participating musicians will be working in close collaboration with Eldbjørg Hemsing, who is taking the role of Artistic director and Mentor of the program.

Nordland Music Festival is one of the oldest music festivals in the Northern Arctic part of Norway,
celebrating 40th anniversary in 2020. Apart from presenting some of the biggest artistic names during a 2 week festival program, SPIRE is an edition to the festival core that aims to look at stimulating and building a much stronger young artistic base in the city of Bodø and in the Arctic region.

SPIRE has been initiated as part of the artistic projects leading towards the Bodø 2024
The European Capital of Culture and has been also endorsed by the leading music foundation Dextra Musica DNB Savings Banks Foundation. Eldbjørg Hemsing is proud to be named the Artistic director of this chamber music academy program.

“ Most important for young musicians is to know that there is no set path someone should
follow they should be evolving curiosity and stimulate their experimentation to not become
only musicians, but also thinkers, leaders, entrepreneurs and agents of change. We have
the responsibility of shaping a more future oriented generations of classical musicians,
where artists are the driving force towards a society with culture at its core, not afraid of
experiments and possible failures.”

Guest faculty members:

Dorran Alibaud, cello

Sveinung Bjelland, piano

Julia Kaiser, guest lecture – masterclass

Manuel Dengler, guest lecture – masterclass

Alexa Smith, guest lecture – masterclass