Laurens Weinhold is a Norwegian award-winning violinist and one of the best Scandinavian violinists in his generation. He has won first prizes in the National Norwegian Youth Music Competition, Sparre Olsen Competition andthe DNB National Soloist Competition 2014 Fjord Cadenza. Weinhold has received numerous grants, awards and international scholarships.
Weinhold has performed at several international festivals, including the ICMF, Fartein Valen Festival, Summit Music Festival, Casalmaggiore Festival, NYCMF, Mozarteum Salzburg, Klara Festival and Norwegian Organ Festival, in the latter two, in collaboration with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Klara.
He has played in Fartein Valen hall in the Stavanger Concert Hall, the Théâtre de la Monnaie (Brussels) and the Musikverein. Weinhold has been a soloist with Brussels Chamber Orchestra, 1B1, Sandnes Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Vienna Young Masters Orchestra. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 he has been a soloist with the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rune Bergmann, „one of the most talented Scandinavian conductors.“ Weinhold is an experienced chamber musician he has played with, among others, Jakob Koranyi, Erling R. Eriksen, Sveinung Bjelland, Markus Schirmer and Anton Sorokow.
For his efforts in cultural life, Weinhold has been awarded culture scholarship from both Stavanger and Rogaland County Council. He has received the ‘Kulturbonus’ from Rogaland Avis, the ‘G9alt’ talent scholarship, the ‘Shell Prize scholarship’ and was the winner of Sandnes Sparebank’s Music Prize. He has also received a grant from Culture Carinthia for chamber music projects with soloists from the Vienna Philharmonic.
Weinhold is interested in contemporary music and has premiered works by both Janpieter Biesemans and Ståle Kleiberg. In addition to classical music, Weinhold is interested in Folk Music and has studied several years with Dr. Rudolph Pietsch. In addition to this he is a skilled player of the Norwegian fiddle (Hardanger fiddle) which he studied with renowned fiddle player Gunnar Stubseid.
Weinhold studied with Isaac Schuldman, professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Frantisek Veselka and Jean-Pierre Wallez. Weinhold completed his studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. In Vienna he studied with Dora Schwarzberg and Anton Sorokow. During the past five years he has also had master classes with Pierre Amoyal, Aaron Rosand, Benjamin Schmid and Akiko Suwanai.