Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)


Born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1987, prize-winning violist Ellen Nisbeth has studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at Royal College of Music in London with professor Peter Herresthal,

As a soloist, Ellen has performed with leading orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

She has collaborated with conductors as Neeme Järvi, Daniel Blendulf and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Ellen appears frequently at international festivals such as Bergen International Festival, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Risør Chamber Music Festival and Vinterfest. Musicians she has performed with include: Martin Fröst, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, Daniel Hope, Fredrik Paulsson, Truls Mørk, Staffan Scheja and Bengt Forsberg.

Ellen holds a teaching position at the Norwegian Academy of Music and regularly gives master classes.

“The variation in tone colour seems endless in Ellen Nisbeth’s play, and she is able to communicate the most intimate nuancesto the audience, who cannot remain unmoved by the performance.”

Jury of The Norwegian Soloist Prize (May 2013). Ellen won the 2012 Swedish Soloist Prize as the first violist ever, and in 2013 she won the Norwegian (Nordic) Soloist Prize at Bergen International Festival.

She performs on a Dom Nicolo Amati viola from 1714.