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 with 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.