Sound the Trumpet

Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet
David Danzmayr, conductor


Following her 2013 BBC Proms debut performance of Matthias Pintscher’s Chute d’étoiles with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has rapidly established herself as one of the foremost trumpet soloists of our time, garnering critical praise for her soulful, lyrical sound and collaborative approach to music-making.

An artist who challenges the boundaries of genre with an intensely creative, open-minded philosophy, Tine has worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras to date, including the Bamberger Symphoniker, NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne, Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Orchestre philharmonique de Luxembourg. Tine also enjoys collaborating with an increasing number of chamber orchestras, namely the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Munich Chamber, Australian Chamber, and Zurich Chamber orchestras, as well as the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Mozarteum Salzburg, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances with Hannu Lintu and the Baltimore Symphony, Andrey Boreyko and the Cincinnati Symphony, Jun Märkl and the Singapore Symphony, as well as debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and KBS Symphony orchestras. Tine also gave the world premiere performance of Elliot Goldenthal’s Trumpet Concerto with the National Polish Radio Symphony, and also made a highly anticipated return to Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which was followed by an acclaimed tour across the US.

Tine continues embarking on regular tours with her ten-piece, all-female brass ensemble tenThing. An idea that started in 2007 as a fun and exciting project to pursue with her closest musical friends, the group has gone on to play to numerous European audiences (past festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Schleswig-Holstein, Beethoven Bonn, Gstaad, MDR Musiksommer, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Merano, Thüringer Bachwochen, and Bremen). This season will see tenThing back on tour in Germany, the UK, and North America.

Tine has been the recipient of various awards for her work in classical music, including “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards, the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, and second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, to which Tine returned to serve as juror for the 2016 competition. In 2007, Tine had the rare honor of being the first ever classical artist to win Newcomer of the Year at the Norwegian Grammy® Awards (Spellemannprisen).

In 2012, Tine recorded “Storyteller” with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, released on the EMI Classics label. Tine released a further, self-titled CD in March 2013, presenting a personal selection of original and transcribed works, accompanied by pianist Kathryn Stott.

Tine resides in Oslo and maintains an active role in her community as a regular TV and radio presenter, and also teaches trumpet at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In June 2013, Tine launched her own festival, Tine@Munch, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch. The three days of curated events and performances at Oslo’s Edvard Munch Museum featured a variety of performances and guest artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti, and Truls Mork.