Mari Samuelsen Biography (Wikipedia)
Mari Silje Samuelsen (born December 21, 1984) is a Norwegian violinist. She is the sister of cellist Håkon Samuelsen, with whom she often performs throughout Norway and Europe.
Mari Samuelsen grew up in Hamar, and began playing violin at age three at a local music school outside the city. By age four, she became a student of violinist Arve Tellefsen, who has called Mari and Håkon "among the greatest string music talents in Norway". She studied with Tellefsen in Oslo, and played with him for almost 10 years.
She later studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo under the tutelage of violinist Stephan Barratt-Due. Starting around 2007, she became a student of For the last ten years, Mari has been a student of the world-renowned Russian professor and violinist Zakhar Bron. She earned two Master's degrees at Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland in 2012.
She has collaborated with such artists as Max Richter, Jeff Mills, Dubfire. Max Richter said of Samuelsen: "Apart from being a wonderful violinist, Mari has an instinctive understanding of my compositional world and an uncanny ability to communicate my intentions." In 2014, Mari and Håkon performed the world premiere of Pas de Deux, a double concerto they commissioned James Horner to compose.
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