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Anders Kjellberg Nilsson

Viola, Violin

Anders Kjellberg Nilsson

Anders Kjellberg Nilsson, born in Oslo in 1983, has performed as solo violinist with all of Norway's symphony orchestras. He also frequently performs as a chamber musician and as ensemble leader. He is having an extensive collaboration with the Trondheim Soloists and Kammerorchester Basel.

Among his recordings for the 2L label is the Grammy-nominated album "Divertimenti" where he directs the Trondheim Soloists, and the critically acclaimed album "trace of impressions" with music by Ravel and Debussy together with pianist Sveinung Bjelland.

In 2009 Anders Kjellberg Nilsson received the "Soloist of the year" award from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation after his performance of the Elgar violin concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

From 2008 to 2014, Anders Kjellberg Nilsson was artistic director of the Hardanger Music Festival, and from 2016 he serves as 1st concertmaster with the Royal Swedish Opera, a position he previously held with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

He studied violin in Oslo, Berlin and Stockholm, with teachers Alf Richard Kraggerud, Stephan Barratt-Due, Ulf Wallin and Detlef Hahn.

Anders Kjellberg Nilsson plays a violin by Michelangelo Bergonzi from 1744, kindly on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation in Norway.

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Trace of Impressions Reviews
"The very opening piano phrase - a round, warm tone as rich as dark chocolate - makes it instantly clear that this is going to be a superior disc, and so it proves. I've long admired Sveinung Bjelland's pianism: it's alert and sensitive and thoroughly intelligent. Andres Kjellberg Nilsson proves just as good a violinist, with an unusual range of colour and effect: the expressive range he brings to the 'Blues' central movement of the Ravel G major Sonata typifies his ability to let you hear more than you realised was there. In a CD of music as well known as the two grand-daddies of French impressionism it's not easy to make the music sound completely fresh, but Kjellberg Nilsson and Bjelland do just that. You can hardly ask for more."
Martin Anderson, Classisk Music Magazine, November 2013

The program on this new CD is made up of the best known and most frequently performed works by the two great French masters, with two sonatas by Ravel and one by Debussy. Ravel's "Sonata posthumous" is rather rare, but in return we get served the known and beloved audience favorites "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair", "Pavan for a Dead Princess" and "Vocalize in the form of a habanera". The whole release is a delight from beginning to end.

Anders Kjellberg Nilsson was born with a lyrical and poetic vein. His tone is sweet but not sentimental, and he makes music with a sensibility that is both heart stopping as well as grabbing and touching the listener. In Sveinung Bjelland, Anders has found a partner who really is taking note. They match each other perfectly. The sound, signed "Lindberg", provides a natural and clear overall impression and it's interesting to have the Ravel and Debussy sonatas so close to each other. You are amazed at how different they are, despite the fact that they belong to the same musical 'region', and Ravel's 'Blues' is an irresistible creation.
Kjell Hillveg, Dagsavisen (Oslo), April 2014