Hakon & Mari Samuelsen

Hakon & Mari Samuelsen

Hakon & Mari Samuelsen

This Norwegian brother and sister duo, made up of violinist Mari and cellist Hakon Samuelsen, have forged an impressive international performing career.

  • After growing up together in Hamar in Norway, the duo began performing together professionally in the 1990s.
  • Christmas is very important to the duo, and they founded their very own annual festive show, A Christmas Concert from Norway in 2004 (the Klassisk Julekonsert).
  • The duo's performing career has taken them to New York's Carnegie Hall, Berlin's Konzerthaus and the Concergebouw in Amsterdam.
  • Mari currently plays on a G.B. Gudagnini violin made in 1777, while Hakon uses a Francesco Ruggiero cello made in 1687.
  • They're also sponsored by Raymond Weil watches.
  • Hakon & Mari are artistic directors of Yellow Lounge Norway, a classical club night based in Oslo.
  • In 2014, they gave the world premiere of Oscar-winning composer James Horner's double concerto for violin and cello (entitled Pas de deux), with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko.