Award-winning cellist Amalie Stalheim (born 1993) won the 2021 Norwegian Soloist Prize, which is awarded to one of three to five nominated Norwegian instrumentalists or singers under 30 selected by an international jury.
‘This year’s winner is in the middle of a sky-rocketing career that’s getting noticed in both the Nordic countries and beyond. Amalie Stalheim has an exceptionally wide and interesting repertoire, despite her young age, where both brand new cello concertos and the traditional repertoire have a natural place,’ says Peter Herresthal, chairman of the Norwegian Soloist Prize.
‘It’s a great honour for me to win the Norwegian Soloist Prize! It’s heart-warming to get such an acknowledgement, and a huge inspiration for me moving forward,’ says Amalie Stalheim.
In addition to playing traditional cello concerts internationally, Stalheim is passionate about commissioning new pieces for cello. She is an active chamber musician and has collaborated with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Yo-Yo Ma, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Anders Tomter and the Stenhammar Quartet. Renowned pianist and Festival favorite Christian Ihle Hadland will be joining Stalheim at this concert.