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26 May - 09 June 2021

Arve Moen Bergset & Håvard Gimse

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​Folk and classical music from two masters.  

Arve Moen Bergset has had a long sabbatical from Norwegian folk music with his angelic voice and the Hardanger fiddle as his instruments. Today he is a violinist in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with his partner, the classical pianist Håvard Gimse, he has now returned to his roots in folk music. After performances at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival this fall with some of Norway's best musicians, they visit the Bergen International Festival as a duo.

Norwegian composers have found much inspiration in the rich heritage of Norwegian folk music. At this concert Arve Moen Bergset will first sing or perform the folk tunes that inspired Edvard Grieg, Geir Tveitt and Øistein Sommerfeldt, and Håvard Gimse will then play the composer's own version. Works by Norwegian composers Ole Bull, Johan Halvorsen, Ludvig Irgens-Jensen and Knut Buen complete the programme.

The concert starts with the work Arvesylv ('Family Silver'), an early edition of Geirr Tveitt's Velkomne med æra. Arvesølv was also the title of Bergset's record from 1987 and of Gimse's 2012 album with music by Tveitt, Sæverud and Mørk Karlsen.

Håvard Gimse will also perform in a solo recital at Siljustøl at this year's festival.

Image: Arve Moen Bergset (photo: Øyvind Olsen Amdam), Håvard Gimse (photo: Ilja Hendel)


The event is filmed. Cameras can be an inconvenience to the audience at the venue. No admittance after the doors close, 5 mins before the event begins. Any distribution, copying and downloading of video content is strictly forbidden. 

The Bergen International Festival is carried out in accordance with the government's and local authorities' current requirements and guidelines for COVID-19. Read more here.

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​1 h 30 min, incl. interval


At the venue
Standard: 470
Senior: 423
Under 30/student: 190 
BT Fordel: 352

Digital event
Standard: 250
Under 30/Student: 150
BT Fordel: 180
Household: 400

Digital pass or ticket holder? Watch the event here.


Public transportation: Closest light rail stop is Hop (20 min walk, follow signs to Troldhaugen)

Car & parking: Troldhaugen is a 15-min drive south of Bergen city center. 


    • Arve Moen Bergset violin, Hardanger fiddle, vocal
    • Håvard Gimse piano​

Music by

    • Tveitt
    • Bull
    • Grieg
    • Halvorsen
    • Irgens-Jensen
    • Sommerfeldt
    • Buen


    • Trad./Geirr Tveitt (1908–1981)
      Arvesylv (Family silver)

    • Ole Bull (1810–1880)
    • Trad./Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
      Bridal march after Myllarguten, op. 72 no. 8
      Solfager and the Snake King, op. 17 no. 12
      Gjendine’s lullaby, op. 66 nr. 19, text:Peder M. Offvid
      Dance from Jølster, op. 17 no. 5
      Rotnamsknut, op. 72 no. 7

    • Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935)
      Torgeir’s song from Fossegrimen, op. 21, text: Sigurd Eldegard
      Norwegian dance no. 1
    • Interval             

    • Ludvig Irgens-Jensen (1894–1969)
      Falkvor Lommanson – old Norwegian ballad
      Bol’s song from Driftekaren (The Drover), text: Hans E. Kinck 

    • Trad. 
    • Stev 

    • Trad./Øistein Sommerfeldt (1919–94)
      Und meg Gud et lite rom (Grant me, God, a little room)  

    • Knut Buen (1948–)
      Fangen fra Dei fredlause (The Prisoner from The Outlaws) 

    • Trad./Geirr Tveitt (1908–1981)
      Guds godhet vil vi prise (We shall praise God's goodness), text:Paul Eber
      God's goodness and God's greatness
      The most beautiful song on earth
      Going courting

Supported by

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica


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