Sara Aimée Smiseth (b. 1986) pursued her musical education at the
Norwegian Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with
professors Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Einar Henning Smebye, and Jan Michiels.
She has also studied Musicology at the University of Oslo. In 2007 she won
the regional and national rounds of the Young Musicians Competition in the
highest age group. In recent years she has performed close to fifty solo
recitals and lecture-concerts throughout Norway.
Smiseth has distinguished herself as répétiteur and accompanist for numerous choirs, among them, the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and World
Youth Choir. She has worked with conductors such as John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Grete Pedersen, Anders Eby, Steven Devine and Bernard Labadie.
Since 2012 she has been associated with the Norwegian Opera and Ballett as an accompanist, lecturer, and guide.
After having pursued the lives and music of composers Frédéric Chopin,
Claude Debussy, and Halfdan Kjerulf, Edvard Grieg is now the subject of
Smiseth's next musical project.
Tracing Edvard Grieg is an attempt to approach the person behind the music that has charmed and engaged audiences for more than a hundred years.
In 2018, it will be 175 years since the birth of Norway's most well- known composer. Through some of the lesser known work, Smiseth will present a portrait of a man who lived to experience both struggles and great achievements.
Holberg Suite, op. 40: I. Prelude
4 Piano Pieces, op. 1: I. Allegro con leggerazza
Improvisations on 2 Folksongs, op. 29:II. Andante
Olav Trygvason, op. 50: Prayer
19 Norwegian Folksongs, op. 66: In Ola Valley, in Ola Lake
Norwegian Peasant Dances, op. 72: Bridal Procession at Vossevangen
Op. 24: Ballade, op. 24