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Tine Thing Helseth in Eurovision Young Musicians final October 2, 2006 
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Tine Thing Helseth
Tine Thing Helseth

On Friday evening, 12th May 2006, outside the Vienna Rathaus (town hall), more than 40,000 people saw and heard Tine Thing Helseth, an 18-year-old Norwegian, performing the first movement of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Helseth was one of the finalists in the Eurovision Young Musicians competition. Eighteen young musicians from all over Europe participated, but only seven were chosen by the jury for the Vienna final.

For the first time, the final was organized as the outdoor grand opening event of the prestigious Wiener Festwochen with a live audience. The event was also broadcast to most European countries.

The winners were:

  • Winner - Andreas Brantelid (Sweden, cello)
  • First runner-up - Tine Thing Helseth (Norway, trumpet)
  • Second runner-up - Dmitry Mayboroda (Russia, piano)

Helseth has also participated in other competitions, both in Norway and abroad, and done very well. In 2005, she was awarded the second prize in The First "Theo Charlier" International Trumpet Competition held in Brussels, Belgium.

She is currently a student at The Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. Her main teacher is Arnulf Naur Nilsen, co-principal of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. She also has occasional lessons with the world-renowned trumpet artist Ole Edvard Antonsen.

Helseth started playing the trumpet at the age of 7 and her first teacher was Heidi Johannessen, trumpet player with the Norwegian National Opera. Most children starting the trumpet in Norway also join a wind band. Tine did this and was first a member of two different school bands. She is currently a member of Sagene Janitsjar in Oslo.

Asked how she works and practices, Helseth responds: "I try to have my main focus on the music. Like everybody else I also work on my technique, but I want the audience to have an experience of the music I perform. The technique should never be in the way of the musical expression. If there is a wrong note from time to time, it should not matter: the music should always be in the center."

Eurovision Young Musicians competition (European Broadcasting Union)
Eurovision Young Musicians competition (Wien Mozart 2006)

Source: Ole J. Utnes
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