Marthe Grimsrud Husum began to play the violin at Horten Music School at age seven and has loved music ever since. But it was not until her encounter with the viola and prof. Morten Carlsen that she really began to pursue music in earnest. She was accepted into the Norwegian Academy of Music’s program for talented young musicians, with Carlsen as her teacher, then continued there as a Bachelor’s student, during which time she also studied with Walter Küsser at the Hochschule für Musik
Hanns Eisler Berlin. She completed a Master’s degree with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, then a diploma in solo performance with Lars Anders Tomter at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
Chamber and orchestral music has always been Marthe’s passion, and the ensembles and orchestras with which she has appeared include Ensemble Allegria, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra among others. She is currently leading the viola section in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. She also plays in Atem String Quartet and Trio Maj. Other project-based chamber music partners have included Ana Chumachenko, Amalie Stalheim, Borromeo String Quartet, Oslo String Quartet, Esher String Quartet and Parker Quartet.
With Marthe’s keen appreciation of nature, some highlights have been projects that have taken her to exceedingly beautiful places, such as Prussia Cove in Cornwall, Banff National Park in Canada, Verbier in Switzerland, as well as Vesterålen and Hardanger in Norway. The encounter with committed musicians in such unique natural surroundings that leads to inspiring and moving music.