Alf Richard Kraggerud

Alf Richard Kraggerud is one of the most successful and respected musicians and violin teachers from Scandinavia, teaching at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, Norway. His students have won numerous international prizes over the past 20 years. Several of his protégées enjoy extensive careers, performing with major orchestras and participating in prestigious festivals.

Many of Alf Richard’s achievements are undoubtedly founded on an unusually eclectic education and a wealth of experience from an early age, having taught his first pupils at 13. In 1992, after he completed his studies in pedagogy with the highest honors ever given in his native country, he continued to study conducting and violin in London.

Alf Richard is the founder, artistic director and developer of the Valdres Sommersymfoni in Norway, founded in 1994. Today, a summer course in solo, chamber and orchestral playing, this festival is one of the largest and most successful of its kind. Utilizing his experience as a sought-after lecturer and instructor at prestigious venues in the US and Europe, Alf Richard expertly combines play and ambition; the novice with the world-famous; and exchange and interaction, ultimately producing a course of exceptional standard and global renown.                                         

“The Menuhin Competition has a history that makes the event important in the lives of young musicians - both as a goal to work towards, but more importantly: to be part of a worldwide meeting place of the highest quality. It is a reality check that will make you want to work increasingly more seriously, but also with greater joy. ”