MARIANNE BEATE KIELLAND – MEZZO-SOPRANO
The classical music magazine Gramophone wrote of Marianne Beate Kielland: “The mezzo-soprano is quite outstanding: strong, firm, sensitive in modulations, imaginative in her treatment of words, with a voice pure in quality, wide in range, and unfalteringly true in intonation.”
Kielland studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Svein Bjørkøy. Her other teachers have included Oren Brown and Barbara Bonney. Considered today one of Europe's leading singers, she performs regularly on major concert stages in Europe, America and The East. Among the conductors with whom she has performed are Philippe Herreweghe, Fabio Biondi, Jordi Savall, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Christophe Rousset, Marc Minkowski, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Dausgaard, Juanjo Mena, Jos van Immerseel, Robert King, Andrew Manze, Daniel Reuss and Rune Bergmann.
In 2012 she received a Grammy nomination in the category of ’Best Classical Vocal Solo’ for her recording of "Veslemøy Synsk" by the composer Olav Anton Thommessen. With nearly Clasfifty other albums in addition to a demanding concert schedule, Marianne Beate Kielland is established as an exceptional performer with a wide-ranging repertoire from baroque to contemporary.
Together with pianist Nils Anders Mortensen she has previously released eight recordings on the LAWO Classics label: "Früh" (LWC1033), "Sæle jolekveld" (LWC1040), "Grieg" (LWC1059), "Young Elling" (LWC1072), "The New Song" (LWC1097), "Whispering Mozart" (LWC1111), "Songs: Kielland/Dørumsgaard" (LWC1145), and "Einsamkeit – Songs by Mahler" (LWC1157). In 2015 she released "Påsketid" (LWC1077) with violinist Elise Båtnes and organist Kåre Nordstoga, and in 2017 she released "Terra Nova" (LWC1125) with composer and pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff.
NILS ANDERS MORTENSEN – PIANO
Nils Anders Mortensen was born in Flekkefjord in 1971. He began playing piano at age three, and in 1986 he won the Norwegian Young Pianist Competition. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, École Normale in Paris, and Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. Other important teachers have been Tatjana Nikolajeva and Hans Leygraf.
Mortensen was the recipient of the prestigious Concerts Norway ‘Debutant of the Year’ award in 1996. He has won international prizes and grants. In 1998 he won the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg. In 2004 Mortensen received the Robert Levin Memorial Prize.
Mortensen has appeared as soloist with Norway’s leading orchestras. He recorded piano concertos of Geirr Tveitt with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. His first solo album "Im Freien" (LWC1032), featuring music of Debussy, Grieg, and Bartok, was released in 2012 to glowing reviews. Mortensen has also released eight recordings with mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland on the LAWO Classics label: "Früh" (LWC1033), "Sæle jolekveld" (LWC1040), "Grieg" (LWC1059), "Young Elling" (LWC1072), "The New Song" (LWC1097), "Whispering Mozart" (LWC1111), "Songs: Kielland/Dørumsgaard" (LWC1145), and «Einsamkeit – Songs by Mahler» (LWC1157). In 2015 he released the solo recording "In finstrer Mitternacht" (LWC1084), featuring music of Brahms, and "Tundra" (LWC1092), a recording of solely Russian music, with double-bassist Knut Erik Sundquist. In 2016 he released "Schumann Violin Sonatas Op. 105 & Op. 121" (LWC1110) with violinist Arvid Engegård. In 2019 he released his third solo recording on the LAWO Classics label: “Bach: Ouvertüre nach Französischer Art, BWV 831 / Sarabande con Partite, BWV 990 / Englische Suite Nr. 6 d-Moll, BWV 811” (LWC1174).