Tine Thing Helseth, an acclaimed trumpet player from Norway, goes where most trumpet players don’t. She tours as a soloist.
She’ll take the stage of Lawrence Memorial Chapel on Friday, Feb. 28, the second concert in Lawrence University’s 2019-20 Artist Series. The concert is set for 8 p.m.
Helseth has been buzzed about for a decade. But she really jumped onto the international map with a 2013 performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony.
Challenging the boundaries of expected repertoire for a trumpet soloist, Helseth has explored a variety of genres, from classical Bach pieces to arrangements of songs by the Beach Boys.
“She makes such a beautiful sound on the trumpet, and phrases so expressively that you really don’t care what she’s playing, it’s captivating,” John Daniel, associate professor of trumpet at Lawrence, said when the Artist Series was announced. “I would be happy to listen to her practicing scales or long tones.”
Helseth teaches trumpet at the Norwegian Academy of Music and is a regular TV and radio presenter in her community. She also continues to tour extensively as a solo artist, chamber musician and orchestra collaborator, having worked with some of the most significant orchestras across Europe.
In a 2018 interview with Limelight, in the midst of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Helseth talked about the joy she finds in playing as a soloist.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of my string colleagues, especially violinists, and in some aspects they envy me a little bit, that I play the trumpet, because I can do more different stuff. We don’t have all the traditional big concertos, so I’m a bit more free to do commissions. … It’s just a very different type of career.”
Tickets for the Lawrence performance are $25-30 for adults, $20-25 for seniors, and free for students.
Future performances in the 2019-20 Artist Series include: Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, 8 p.m. April 3; and Melody Moore (soprano), 8 p.m. April 18. For more on Lawrence’s Artist Series, see here.