The remarkable rise of Norwegian siblings Mari and Hakon Samuelsen is the result of their artistry and enterprise. For more than 20 years on stage, the brother and sister-phenomen have connected with audience and musicians across the world. A chief aim of the Samuelsens is to enlarge and expand the repertoire for cello and violin. In autumn 2014 the duo will give the world premiere performance of a Double Concerto by Oscar-winning composer, James Horner, in the 175th anniversary with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with conductor Vasily Petrenko.

Alongside international careers, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen have a strong rooth to their native Norway. Growing up in most beautiful surroundings outside Hamar, they have always felt a strong bound to their home-district. 10 Years ago they founded A Christmas Concert from Norway, Klassisk Julekonsert. This event presents friends and colleges of Mari and Hakon from their national and international relations. The concert have been hosted by HH. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and broadcast on national and international tv-networks for the last five years. December 7th this year the concert will again take place in Vang Church, Hamar.

The Norwegian brother and sister have been shown great honour from the regional gouvernment and have received several Culture-prices over the years. In March 2014, Mari and Hakon returns as soloists for the official opening of the new concert house.

Mari and Håkon have appeared as soloists at venues including Carnegie Hall, Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Konzerthaus Berlin, Smetana Hall, Victoria Hall, Kremlin Hall, the Oslo Opera, Wolf Trap Centre in Washington DC and at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The duo’s highly acclaimed performances of the Brahms Double Concerto in Milan with I Pomeriggi Musicali in May 2011 resulted in immediate re-invitations for both 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons.

This season, they returned to Milan with pianist, Behzod Abduraimov to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. In May 13 the duo made their debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in  UK-tour with Brahms double-concerto and conductor Alexander Shelly. In December they will return to Liverpool as soloists in the concert-serie, the Spirit of Christmaswith Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerts will be presented by BBC's Classic FM's  John Suchet and broadcast on December 23rd.

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Since 2004, Mari and Håkon Samuelsen have arranged a yearly classical christmas concert in Vang Church in Hamar, Norway , titled A Christmas Concert from Norway. Top-level international artists have been invited each year, and the siblings have been able to create a proud tradition first for the region and later for audiences across Norway, when the concerts were broadcast on national networks in 2008 and 2009. The titleprogram have reached more than 100 mill. US households through PBS, and have had a nearly 50% high share on Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Mari and Håkon started the concert tradition because they wished to bring something from their international classical musical world back to their home region. From 2009-2011 HH Princess Märtha Louise of Norway was the host of the concert.

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The soloists for the 2013, A Christmas concert from Norway are among others, Spanish soprano, Sylvia Schwartz and one of the hottest properties in classical music, guitar-player MILOŠ. See more here:

> Where is it?

Christmas concert in Vang Church

Vang church is a beautiful and historical landmark in the area Hedmarken. The church is situated in a historical cultural area, and the history runs all the way back to the 1000th century in the historical times of the Norwegian King and martyr, Olav the Saint. The octagon church room makes the church spacious and beautiful, and provides exceptional acoustics.

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The highly acclaimed Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen started to play the violin at the tender age of three at the local music school, outside the city Hamar, Norway. The year after, she continued with legendary Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen in Oslo, with whom she played witwaeh for nearly ten years. Later, she studied several years at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, with  Stephan Barratt Due . For the last ten years , Mari has been a student of the world-renowned Russian professor Zakhar Bron, with whom she finished two Master's degrees at Zürich University of the Arts, Switzerland in 2012. In addition to her steady tutoring, she has received masterclasses from Ana Chumachenco, Ivry Gitlis, Donald Weilerstein and Pamela Frank.

As a solo performer, Mari Samuelsen has given concerts at several of the most important venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Salle Garnier in Monte Carlo, Wolf Trap Center, Washington DC, Kremlin and Tschaikowsky Hall in Moscow. Over the years, Mari has worked with several wrold-renowned orchestras and conductors such as; David Zinmann, Seiji Ozawa, Howard Griffiths, Alexander Shelley, Philippe Bender, Daniele Callegari and in masterclass with Sir Simon Rattle. The 2014 season includes new relations and concerts with conductor Vasily Petrenko.

She is a devoted chamber musician and has collaborated ion festivals with international musicians such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Frans Helmerson, Nicolas Altstaedt, Antoine Tamestit, Lawrence Power, Igor Levit, Inon Barnatan, Denis Kozhukhin, Mayuko Kamio, Guy Braunstein, Kirill Troussov and Measha Brueggergosman

Mari Samuelsen has received several prizes including three Norwegian cultural honour-prizes. She has also received a number of national and international scholarships, and is the only Scandinavian ever to win the Crescendo prize from the Meister Foundation, Switzerland.


Mari Samuelsen plays a fine G. B. Guadagnini (Turin 1773) generously on loan from Anders Sveaas charitable foundation, Oslo, and a Dominique Peccatte bow on loan from Sparebanken Hedmark.


Connecting new audience to classical music is a lead target for both Mari and Hakon Samuelsen. Over the last years they have succeeded to reach out to millions of people in several territories through their broadcast of A Christmas concert from Norway. Connecting young talent from their auditions, inviting local talent to compete and win a place in the concerts, combined with most excelent musicians from Grammy-nominated Trondheimsoloists to international soloists, have prooved to be a sought-after product. 
The innovative thinking and music-making to both Mari and Hakon, was the reason for the invitation from Youth Olympic Games Committe Lillehammer 2016. Over several workshops autumn 2012, the siblings were involved, together with a handful group of people, to create the strategic platform for Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer 2016.


The 2012/2013 season has included the duo as the three classical headline acts at MIDEM 2012, where they performed with l'Orchestre régional de Cannes-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur under the baton of Phillippe Bender. As devoted chambermusicians, the duo guested  Ankara Int. Music festival earlier this season.
Håkon has worked with some of Norway's and the world's leading musicians, such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Measha Brueggergosman,Seiji Ozawa, Lily Maisky, Alexander Shelly, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Sylvia Schwartz, Danjulo Ishizaka, Lars Anders Tomter and Lawrene Power.  This season Hakon guested the children-program, In Harmony Liverpool, where he and his sister Mari, gave lessons to young children. The young cellist has distinguished himself at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wolf Trap Center, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Victoria Hall and the Norwegian Opera in Oslo. He has also received numerous Norwegian and international awards and distinctions as a performer, and was the first Scandinavian cellist to receive Prix Nicolas Firmenich in Verbier Festival&Academy.


Håkon has studied under instructors such as Natalia ShakhovskayaFrans Helmerson and Truls Mørk, with Bjørn Solum at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, andThomas Demenga in Basel, Switzerland. He completed his master's degree (MA)  in Zurich, Switzerland at the ZHdK

Håkon plays on a fine Francesco Ruggieri cello (Cremona, Italy, 1687) generously on loan by Anders Sveeas' charitable foundation.

  • Biography – Mari Samuelsen

  • Biography – Håkon Samuelsen

  • Mari & Hakon Samuelsen/Shelly/RLPO-Brahms double

  • Mari & Hakon Samuelsen – God save the King

  • Beethoven triple concerto

  • Beethoven triple concerto, II Largo

  • A. Vivaldi concerto for violin and cello B-flat major, Allegro Molto

  • Arvo Pärt – Fratres

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A chief aim of the Samuelsens is to enlarge and expand the repertoire for cello and violin. In November 2014 the duo will give the world premiere performance of a Double Concerto by Oscar-winning composer, James Horner, in the 175th anniversary of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with conductor Vasily Petrenko.

from VG, July 2011:

– Why did you decide to compose a concert for Håkon and Mari?

James Horner: 
"– I thought it would be a great challenge for myself as a composer to write a concerto for violin and cello. I was also so honoured that Mari and Hakon, musicians of such high caliber and musicality would ask me to write a piece for them.
All of the music I write is always geared towards write expressly for film and the cinema. To be able to write a piece for Hakon and Mari and have it performed live many times was simply to great an opportunity to turn down. Although it is a little bit intimidating to write a new double concerto after Brahms wrote such a famous one so many years ago, I look forward to the challenge and beauty that I know will result".

James Horner

Raymond Weil is a proud partner to Mari and Hakon Samuelsen.

Mari and Hakon Samuelsen are exclusively carrying watches by Raymond Weil.

The Brand RAYMOND WEIL brings together all the elements of excellence of the Swiss luxury watchmaking industry. Precision, quality, reliability, nobility and technical nature of the materials are many standards that the Geneva-based Brand combines to create its models. This know-how confers RAYMOND WEIL its watchmaking legitimacy.
RAYMOND WEIL has always placed music at the centre of its universe and seen it as a force that brings people together and changes the world.

Raymond Weil is proud sponsor of the talented Mari and Hakon Samuelsen.

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