Ringve Course


The St. Olav Festival 2018 presents Ringve International Summer Course in Early Music
Trondheim, Norway – July 22 – July 30

Now approaching it’s fifth decade, the Ringve Course is among the longest existing early music courses in Europe today and attracts students from all over the world. 15–20 countries are represented every year; this is truly an important international meeting place!
The Ringve Course is held during the St.Olav festival, and conserts during the festival is part of the course. The Course consists of Early Music Performance Practice, master classes, ensemble playing, musical evening get-togethers, and concerts.

The course is taught in English and is held from July 23. to July 29. 2018.
Recommended travel days July 22 and July 30.


Practical info


Amateur as well as professional, but a certain adequate background is required. Six days of teaching, one day off. The course is taught in English.

Course fee and housing

Active participants: NOK 2.500 per person, max 10 students per class.
Passive/auditors: NOK 1.250 per person, unlimited.
Room and full board: NOK 4.000/5.300 (double/single room.)

Course fee and accommodations is to be paid by June 1st.
By cancellation, a refund is made minus an administration fee as follows:

  • By cancellation within 30 days prior to course start, minus 30% of course fee.
  • By cancellation within 14 days prior to course start, minus 50% of course fee.
  • By cancellation within 7 days prior to course start, minus 100% of course fee.

How to get there

By plane to Trondheim Airport Værnes: There are international connections worth checking: Norwegian Air Shuttle from London Gatwick to Værnes, Ryanair from a.o. London Stanstead and Milano to Torp, and Wideroe from Torp to Værnes. There are also direct flights to Værnes from Amsterdam (KLM), Copenhagen (SAS, Norwegian) and from several Norwegian cities. Travelling via Oslo with connecting flights to Trondheim is often the most convenient. By train via Trondheim or Storlien, Sweden: Booking early, you may also travel from Oslo by train at NOK 199 (www.nsb.no). By bus: There is a very cheap bus-line from Oslo or Oslo Airport Gardermoen to Trondheim from NOK 49 one way http://www.lavprisekspressen.no. By car to Sund, Inderøya.

Faculty 2018

For 40 years the Ringve International Summer Course has gathered
some of the world’s leading professors and performers in the Early Music field :

Gerd Türk – voice

Gerd Türk began his vocal training as a member of the “LIMBURGER DOMSINGKNABEN“. He went on to study Music Education, Church Music and Choral Direction at the Frankfurt Conservatory of Music, amongst others with Helmuth Rilling and Arleen Auger. After a two-year lectureship at the Speyer Institute of Church Music, Gerd Türk devoted his attention entirely to singing. Studies of Baroque Singing and Interpretation at the renowned “SCHOLA CANTORUM BASILIENSIS“ and Masterclasses with E.Haefliger, K.Equiluz, N. Shetler, amongst others, led to a career as sought-after soloist, touring in Europe, South-East Asia, Japan, North and South America, and Australia. Gerd Türk has performed at the most prestigious concert halls, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Palais Garnier Paris, Teatro Colón, Musikverein Wien, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center New York, under the baton of such conductors as Ph. Herreweghe, R. Jacobs, T. Koopman, J. Savall, M. Corboz, M. Suzuki, Fr. Brüggen and others. Mr. Türk has been member of various ensembles, amongst them “CANTUS COELLN“, Germany’s leading Vocal Group, and “GILLES BINCHOIS“ (France), renowned for it’s interpretation of Medieval Music. Gerd Türk has also been active on the Opera stage, having been invited to perform in, amongst others, Montpellier, Innsbruck, Barcelona, Antwerp and Madrid. With Sony, Erato, BIS, BMG, Virgin and harmonia mundi France labels, Gerd Türk has recorded more than 100 CDs, including all Bach Oratorios, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Requiem and Lieder by Carl Orff, which have received numerous awards. (Edison, Gramophone Award, Cannes Award, Grand Prix du Disque, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) He is regularly involved in the complete recordings of Bach‘s Vocal Music with the “BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN“, which have been highly acclaimed by the international press and the public. Gerd Türk is currently holding a professorship at the “SCHOLA CANTORUM BASILIENSIS“ in Basel/Switzerland and gives master classes in numerous countries, most notably Japan (Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts), Germany, Spain, France and South Korea.

Kristin von der Goltz – baroque cello

Kristin von der Goltz studied under Christoph Henkel in Freiburg and William Pleeth in London. She was also a member of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra from 1991 to 2004. Today she performs on the modern and the Baroque cello and is in international demand as a solo cellist, working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ton Koopman, Marc Minkowski and others. She has been a member and soloist with the BerlinBarockSolisten since 2006 and, since 2009, as a solist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. She was a guest lecturer at the International Bohemia Festival in Prague and at the Mannheim Orchesterakademie. From 2004 to 2009 she taught Advanced Class in Modern Cello at the College of Music for Catholic Church Music in Regensburg, Germany. After lectureships in Duisburg and Munich, she became a Professor of Baroque Cello at the College of Music in Frankfurt in 2009.
She is now artistic Director of Norsk Barokkorkester.

Ketil Haugsand – harpsichord

Ketil Haugsand is a professor of harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, and is regarded as one of the greatest harpsichordists and Early Music personalities in the world. His CD recordings with works by Rameau, Marchand, Seixas, Sousa Carvalho et cetera, for Simax, Virgin and Linn have won significant international acclaim. His interpretations of the Clavierübungen by J.S. Bach – and especially the Goldberg Variations – have been singled out as highly original and outstanding ground-breaking performances. Haugsand studied with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he was awarded the coveted Prix d’Excellence. Later he was laureate at international harpsichord competitions in Paris and Brûges. Professor Haugsand is one of the most sought-after harpsichord teachers on the academic level today.

Elizabeth Svarstad – historical dance

Elizabeth Svarstad (www.elizabethsvarstad.no) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher specialised in historical dance and dance history. She holds a BA in dance from the Norwegian Ballet Academy in Oslo and a Nordic Master of arts in dance studies from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, University of Copenhagen and Stockholm University. She is a PhD candidate in dance studies at the Department of music at NTNU with the project Dance as social education in Norway 1750–1820, supported by the Norwegian Research Council. She has studied baroque dance in France, England and the US and is well established as the only specialist baroque dancer in Norway. She has taught historical dance and dance history at Norway’s performing arts institutions and universities, and is currently a lecturer at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Norwegian Academy of Music. Her work as a performing artist includes cooperation with a great number of renowned Norwegian and international early music ensembles and contemporary choreographers. She is director of the Compagnie Contours – a dance compagnie working in the scope between historical and contemporary dance.

Paolo Grazzi – baroque oboe

After obtaining the Diploma in Oboe from the Parma Conservatory at the age of 17, Paolo Grazzi undertook the study of the baroque oboe, first by himself and later with Paul Dombrecht at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 1981 he obtained the “Premier Prix” with distinction from the same Conservatory in both oboe and baroque oboe, and very soon became an authority on this instrument, both as a performer and a teacher, in Italy and abroad. His appointment as baroque oboe teacher at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan was the first of its kind in Italy. Many players of the new generation graduated under his guidance and now play in orchestras all over Europe. As a performer, he plays regularly with the most outstanding historical instruments groups in Europe, such as “Il Giardino Armonico” directed by Giovanni Antonini and “Concert des Nations” directed by Jordi Savall. In 1989 he founded the “ENSEMBLE ZEFIRO” together with his brother Alberto and the oboist Alfredo Bernardini. Besides being much in demand as a performer, Paolo Grazzi devotes himself to researching oboes from the 18th century and to the making of copies, teaches Oboe at the Conservatory of Verona and holds specialist courses on the baroque Oboe at the Conservatory of Verona.

Gottfried von der Goltz – baroque violin

The German / Norwegian conductor and violinist, Gottfried von der Goltz, received early training under his father Conrad von der Goltz, and later under Rami Shevelov in Hannover. He completed his studies at the Juilliard School in New York and with Rainer Kussmaul in Freiburg.When he was only 21, with a secure place in the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and a highly promising career as a ‘modern’ violinist before him, Gottfried von der Goltz decided to switch to a far less secure career as a Baroque violinist and member of the Freiburger Barockorchester. He has never been forced to regret that decision: as a soloist the great works of the 18th century and early 19th centuries are available to him and as artistic director of the Freiburger Barockorchester he can shape creatively the musical development of an outstanding ensemble. He has also been artistic director of Norsk Barokkorkester. With his exceptional talent he is now one of the foremost international Baroque violinists. Gottfried von der Goltz provides proof that while the playing of the period instruments from the 18th and early 19th centuries represents a formidable challenge, it can be mastered to create performances of great musical profundity with the highest technical mastery.Gottfried von der Goltz is now also in demand as a teacher. Since 1997 he has been a Professor of Baroque Violin at the Würzburg Musikhochschule. In his work as artistic director of the Freiburger Barockorchester he concentrates on the great repertoire of the period dating from the time of J.S. Bach to the early romantic era.

Thomas Boysen – lute, continuo and improvisation

Born in Oslo in 1970, Thomas Boysen studied classical guitar and lute at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. After achieving his diploma in 1995 he went to Germany to study with Prof. Rolf Lislevand at the State Academy of Music in Trossingen. Since then Boysen has established himself as an accomplished lutenist and Continuo player and has among other things been working with with Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Armonico Tributo Austria, Le Poème Harmonique, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Akademia, Emma Kirkby, Rolf Lislevand, and Paolo Pandolfo. He has performed in most European countries, USA, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Cuba and has contributed to more than 40 CD recordings on record labels like Glossa, Naive, Sony, Harmonica Mundi and K617. Home page: www.thomasboysen.de

Application 2018

Deadline May 1st. 2018

Application form 2018



Contact: Tore Aaen Aune, Course manager

phone: +47 404 04 584, email tore.aune@olavsfestdagene.no


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