Image in my Music
Assertive command and sensitive playing.The New York Times
She reaches out to the audience’s heart …There are no other musicians who can mesmerize an audience like she does.Hi-Fi Review, Hong Kong
Extremely talented violinist who possesses wonderful temperament and unfailing musical sense.Nathan Milstein
“Inside my head the music has colors, shapes, textures, and many more images;
imagine, now you can see it too … “
A MULTI MEDIA, MULTI DIMENSIONAL SHOW.
Renaissance artist Ragin is embodying the very personal combination of musician, visual artist and creator of various new concepts. Her vision has always been one of music steeped in colors and multiple dimensions. It has now come to fruition in her Gesamtkunstwerk “Image in my Music” (working title “Ragin à la mode”) at its world premiere at Kilden Performing Arts Center – kilden.com – in Kristiansand, Norway in October 2014, to enthusiastic, standing ovations. As a concert violinist and consummate artist, she has always “seen” the music she performs, in colors, shapes, images, dark, light, solid, ethereal, high, low, near, far, hard and soft etc., and now takes the audience with her inside her inner world while she performs on her Stradivarius from 1689, with video projections on a giant screen behind her and on the floor she stands on. Her own artwork has been combined with photography by Kai-Wilhelm Nessler and film, which she produced together with Virtual Theater Designer Joachim Schamberger.
Known for her exceptionally expressive playing and beguiling tone, Ragin (born Ragin Esther Wenk-Wolff) has appeared in major halls all over Europe and the United States, including New York, London and Paris, where she simultaneously had an art exhibit. She has performed violin concertos, including ones written for, dedicated to and premiered and recorded by her, by such renowned Norwegian composers as Johan Kvandal, Ragnar Søderlind, Knut Nystedt and more, with all the major orchestras of her home country Norway, as well as orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic in London.
Ragin carries on the Grand Tradition of the Great Masters, Nathan Milstein in London, whom she worked closely with for a number of his later years, as well as Ivry Gitlis in Paris, and Aaron Rosand in New York, and brings it into the context of modern life and technologies with her memorable and very personal performances.
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Whether she appears in London, Paris or New York, as orchestral soloist, in recital or giving a master class, Ragin captivates audiences with her imagination, creative intelligence, beauty and style.
Ragin tours throughout the United States and Europe. Her major orchestral engagements have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway’s Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras, Denmark’s Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and Holland’s Het Gelders Orchestra. Likewise, Ragin has been a frequent guest soloist at prestigious music festivals such as Bergen, Elverum, and Janacek.
Winner of prizes at the International Invitational Competition in Florida and the Debut Prize in Norway, Ragin has inspired eminent Scandinavian composers such as Kvandal, Nystedt and Soderlind to dedicate violin concertos and solo works to her.
She has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and for Philips, Centaur, Varese International, NOPA and NKF. Ragin has appeared frequently on Scandinavian television and radio,and has broadcast for the BBC and WQXR radio in New York and WFMT in Chicago.
Ragin Wenk-Wolff studied with Nathan Milstein, Ivry Gitlis and Aaron Rosand. Her instrument is a Stradivarius dated 1689.