Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2024

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer


Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer is a distinctive voice artist, multi-vocalist, and composer who explores her instrument to create music through vocal timbres with different ranges of expression and color. Her music free of genres is filtered through several genres and stylistic expressions that range from classical vocal tradition, selected ethnic traditions including throat singing, Norwegian folk music, multiphonics, and pure noise music. Her voice range is from 32 Hz to 2800 Hz, almost 7 octaves. This expression makes her popular for concerts, stage productions, film music, sound installations, and recordings all over the world.

With her multi-expressive vocal expression, she creates sound worlds from the realistic to the unrealistic, the expected and the unexpected, and the sound becomes the narrator.

She collaborates worldwide with instrumentalists and singers from various genres and cultures. She is the vocal soloist in the World Orchestra/Warsaw under the direction of Grzech Piotrowski and other main collaborators are jazz pianist Helge Lien and organist/composer Nils Henrik Asheim.

The opera “Camille Claudel – An Inner Opera” was written especially for her voice by the composer Steffen Schorn. The opera had its premiere on Bayrischer Rundfunk in November 2022 and will be released 2024.

Her newest recording: One Voices (Simax), will have its international release March 8th2024. The music on this production is made by one single unprocessed multiple voice and contains several orchestrated vocal landscapes, pushing the limits of what one voice can express.

  • In 2023: world premiere of “Lokeslottet,”- “The Loki Castle” commissioned work for the Norwegian Soloist Choir which premiered in the University’s Aula February.
  • In 2020, she received the State’s 10-year senior grant for artists and also became a member of NOPA.
  • In recent years, she has also composed music for musicians/ensembles, such as the commissioned work for the Telemark Folk music Festival’s 30th anniversary 2019: “Haugebonden. A work for Hardangerfidles, voices, accordion and voice soloist.
  • In 2019 she was awarded the Edvard (Grieg) prize from TONO for the music on the CD and the concert concept KLANGBIOTOPER and she became a member of the Norwegian Composers Association.
  • In 2014-2016, she received the State’s 3-year artist grant and has previously received various grants.

She received her education from the Mozarteum, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Salzburg in 1992, as well as a cand philol. from the Grieg Academy in 1994.

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer has a long career as a voice teacher/coach and conductor and is a sought-after seminar holder all over the world. She works as a university lecturer at the Norwegian Theater Academy and teaches at the academy for folk music: Ole Bull Academy.

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Festival Performances Year 2024

Welcome with honour (folk tune)
Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)

Béla Bartók: Contrasts

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer: Slåttesångar
Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer (voice), Alexander Aga Røynstrand (hardanger fiddle)

Béla Bartók: Duos
Florian Donderer, Adrien Jurkovic, Thomas Descamps (violins)

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer: Slåttesångar
Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer (voice), Alexander Aga Røynstrand (hardanger fiddle)

Béla Bartók: Duos
Florian Donderer, Adrien Jurkovic, Thomas Descamps (violins)

György Ligeti: Continuum
Masato Suzuki (harpsichord)

György Ligeti: Hungarian Rock
Masato Suzuki (harpsichord)

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer: Solo for Voice
Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer (voice)

Edvard Grieg/Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer: In The Hall of the Mountain King
Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer (voice), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Ernő Dohnányi: Sextet in C major, Op. 37
Florian Donderer (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Victor Julien-Laferrière (cello), Nikita Khnykin (piano), Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet), Ragnhild Lothe (horn)

Ragnhild Gudbrandsen reads poems by Jon Fosse, Paul Antschel, Remi Kanazi, Gunvor Hofmo and Arnhild Eidslot
Ragnhild Gudbrandsen

J. S. Bach/Kurtág: Chorale Prelude: Aus tiefer not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687
Zlata Chochieva (piano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

László Weiner: Adagio from Serenade for String Trio
Florian Donderer (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Victor Julien-Laferrière (cello)

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer: Trinity
Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer (voice), Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)

György Kurtág: In nomine - all'ongharese
Florian Donderer (violin)

J. S. Bach/Bartók: Lento from Trio sonata in G major, BWV 530
Zlata Chochieva (piano)

J. S. Bach/Rachmaninov: Prelude from Partita for Solo Violin in E Major BWV 1006
Zlata Chochieva (piano)


Franz Liszt: Via Crucis, S.53
Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)