Tine Thing Helseth
Following her 2013 BBC Proms debut performance of Matthias Pintscher’s Chute d’étoiles with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has rapidly established herself as one of the foremost trumpet soloists of our time, garnering critical praise for her soulful, lyrical sound and collaborative approach to music-making.
An artist who challenges the boundaries of genre with an intensely creative, open-minded philosophy, Tine has worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras to date, including the Bamberger Symphoniker, NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne, Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Orchestre philharmonique de Luxembourg. Tine also enjoys collaborating with an increasing number of chamber orchestras, namely the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Munich Chamber, Australian Chamber, and Zurich Chamber orchestras, as well as the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Mozarteum Salzburg, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances with Hannu Lintu and the Baltimore Symphony, Andrey Boreyko and the Cincinnati Symphony, Jun Märkl and the Singapore Symphony, as well as debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and KBS Symphony orchestras. Tine also gave the world premiere performance of Elliot Goldenthal’s Trumpet Concerto with the National Polish Radio Symphony, and also made a highly anticipated return to Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which was followed by an acclaimed tour across the US.
Tine continues embarking on regular tours with her ten-piece, all-female brass ensemble tenThing. An idea that started in 2007 as a fun and exciting project to pursue with her closest musical friends, the group has gone on to play to numerous European audiences (past festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Schleswig-Holstein, Beethoven Bonn, Gstaad, MDR Musiksommer, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Merano, Thüringer Bachwochen, and Bremen). This season will see tenThing back on tour in Germany, the UK, and North America.
Tine has been the recipient of various awards for her work in classical music, including “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards, the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, and second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, to which Tine returned to serve as juror for the 2016 competition. In 2007, Tine had the rare honour of being the first ever classical artist to win Newcomer of the Year at the Norwegian Grammy® Awards (Spellemannprisen).
In 2012, Tine recorded “Storyteller” with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, released on the EMI Classics label. Tine released a further, self-titled CD in March 2013, presenting a personal selection of original and transcribed works, accompanied by pianist Kathryn Stott.
Tine resides in Oslo and maintains an active role in her community as a regular TV and radio presenter, and also teaches trumpet at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In June 2013, Tine launched her own festival, Tine@Munch, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch. The three days of curated events and performances at Oslo’s Edvard Munch Museum featured a variety of performances and guest artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti, and Truls Mork.
Formed in 2007 by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth as a fun and exciting collaboration between musical friends, the ten-piece, all-female brass ensemble tenThing have firmly established themselves on the international scene to great acclaim. tenThing are celebrated for their commitment to outreach and access to music through a diverse repertoire that spans from Mozart to Weill, Grieg to Bernstein, and Lully to Bartok. The group work closely with Norwegian guitarist and arranger Jarle Storløkken in the arrangement of scores for the ensemble, enabling them to play pieces of differing instrumentations.
tenThing first established themselves in performances all over their native Norway, eventually delighting a huge national audience by opening the 2011 Norwegian Grammy Awards. Soon after, the group came to international prominence at the BBC Proms in a performance at London’s Cadogan Hall. Elsewhere in Europe, they have performed at a wide range of prestigious festivals and concert halls, including the Schleswig-Holstein, Beethoven Bonn, Gstaad, MDR Musiksommer, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Bodensee, Engadin, Merano, Thüringer Bachwochen, and Bremen festivals in Central Europe, the Merano and Sienna festivals in Italy, the NCPA Beijing May Festival, and Moscow’s House of Music.
In Spring 2017, the ensemble embarked on their American debut tour, which included concerts in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and at the renowned Wolftrap Festival. tenThing also made their Paris debut at the St Denis Festival in May 2017.
This season will see tenThing back on tour in Germany, the UK and North America.
“Tine Thing Helseth is blessed with a combination of great wind-playing attributes: a soulful – dare one say brooding, Nordic – approach to phrasing, quite astonishingly outstanding intonation and a sound which is open and honest, even and focused in all registers.”
“Tine Thing Helseth gave an intelligent and perceptive reading of what is a staple of the solo trumpet repertoire [Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major]. Sweet and clear in tone throughout, her ornamentation flowed seamlessly as she illuminated many different shades and colours of her instrument. Dialogue between trumpet and orchestra was consistent in its sensitive balance, with a remarkable synergy between all those on stage.”
“Her ability to transform the brassy trumpet sound into something soft, supple, lyrical and delectable needs to be heard to be believed.”
“[tenThing’s] performances of Grieg, Astor Piazzolla, and a world premiere by Diana Burrell were infectious in their enthusiasm and energy, and their intimacy.”
“Chamber Prom 4, by trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and her all-girl brass ensemble tenThing, was a joyful blast from start to finish.”
“Young, glamorous, witty and articulate, as well as a brilliant trumpet player… a fresh and dynamic take on the classical world.”
Adam Sweeting, Radio Times
“Joseph Haydn’s famous trumpet concerto in E-flat major was a brilliant success. Helseth’s trumpet twinkled, beamed, sang, joked, yearned, and strutted about in the self-assured way only the trumpet can.”