Ellen Nisbeth © Nikolaj Lund

Ellen Nisbeth


The Swedish violist Ellen Nisbeth has performed with orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Brandenburger Symphoniker, collaborating with conductors including Neeme Järvi, Daniel Blendulf and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

She has premiered a viola concerto written to her by Britta Byström, as well as her own version, published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen, of Arne Nordheim’s ‘cello concerto Tenebrae. Her debut album Let Beauty Awake, with music by Vaughan Williams, Britten and Rebecca Clarke was released on BIS records in the summer of 2017.

A frequent guest at prestigious festivals including the Bergen International Festival, Risør Chamber Music Festival, Mora Vinterfest and Verbier, Ellen Nisbeth has performed with musicians such as Martin Fröst, Leif Ove Andsnes, Akiko Suwanai, Daniel Hope, Truls Mørk, Alexander Melnikov and Bengt Forsberg.

She has studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Norwegian Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. Ellen Nisbeth regularly gives masterclasses and, since 2015, has been associate professor at the Music Department of Stavanger University.

Ellen Nisbeth is the recipient of both the Swedish and the Nordic Soloist Prize and performs on a Dom Nicolò Amati viola from 1714.


Ellen Nisbeth was nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by Konserthuset Stockholm.

Updated on 06 february 2018

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