A Storytelling Trumpeter

Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth’s debut CD on EMI Classics.

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Photo: Colin Bell licensed to EMI Classics

Trumpeter Tine Ting Helseth surrounded by scores.

Young Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth’s debut CD on EMI Classics is titled Storyteller. It’s a whole disc of songs.

Storyteller
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet (Angel Classics, 2012)
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An Early Start In A Nurturing Environment

Helseth got an early start. “Actually my mother plays the trumpet, so it was kind of natural for me to do the same. So that was the reason for me to start playing at the age of seven.” She wasn’t alone. “We have a very strong wind band and brass band tradition in Norway. So even though it’s not part of a school curriculum we have a band that has the name of the school. A number of my class mates were also in the band and we started together.”

Additions To A Limited Repertoire

Although Helseth has played the standard repertoire and of course the show pieces, she early began to seek other music. “Trumpet player do have a lot of very nice repertoire, but compared to violinists and pianists it’s quite limited. We have to borrow or steal from others. So, I’ve done transcriptions for some years now and mostly songs.”

“I did a program with some of those in a recital in Berlin where the A and R person from EMI and I were discussing what I might record for my first disc. And we decided to just do a whole CD of songs, half with orchestra and half with piano. So, it’s quite a personal CD and I’m very happy with that.”

Her Story And The Audience’s Story

Helseth’s Storyteller CD not only offers individual pieces, it features “The Mountain Maid, an entire song cycle by fellow Norwegian Edvard Grieg. Helseth has some special insights about playing songs without the words. “I still try to tell the story. What I think is very interesting is that I can have something very specific on my mind, but the audience will connect the playing with something that they are thinking about, their own feeling and experience. They will actually make their own version of the story.”

Storyteller
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet (Angel Classics, 2012)
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album cover
Storyteller
Tine Thing Helseth (Angel, 2012)
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album cover
George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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