− It’s fascinating to see the logistics or what passes between the different instrument groups when they are transferring themes to one another, or have a dynamic interplay. You can let yourself be swept away by the energy you feel when you are sitting right in the middle of the sound.Tove Halbakken Resell
Tove Halbakken Resell was born in Elverum and grew up in Oslo, and attended Veitvet Music School.
− I had Kaare Sæther as my teacher, who was also the conductor for Veitvet Junior Orchestra − I had a crush on a boy there, which meant my motivation was assured for a while, she says.
One classical music record at home
Tove also drew inspiration from her family’s "record collection".
− We only had one classical record at home, with Mendelssohn and Bruch’s violin concertos on each side. I wasn’t so interested in the violin solos, but I played the tutti parts for orchestra over and over again as if it was the latest Beatles song.
Her love of music was cultivated through her contact with a number of different musical environments:
− Terje Tønnesen was my fellow student at Veitvet and a great role model, I was part of NRK’s Junior Orchestra with the conductor Herbert Bergene, I attended NASOL-courses with Karsten Andersen and Leif Jørgensen, and a chamber music course at Søgne and Sund, to name just a few things.
Tove has also played folk music concurrently with her orchestra work, and in that field lists the singer Mina Sætre from Sørskogbygda and the fiddle player Jan Wesenberg as important sources of inspiration.
− I’m still discovering new peculiarities in his music
Tove was engaged by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1979, and names 23 years with Mariss Jansons as a significant time which was rich in experiences. She has several favourite composers
− I’m very fond of Sibelius. The original musical language and “the Finnish mould” are so beautiful it hurts, and I am still discovering new peculiarities in his music. Brahms is another favourite, especially his chamber music. Mahler is a master in his treatment of string sound − Symphony No. 6 is perhaps the greatest. Richard Strauss’ understanding of the possibilities for instruments and voice is impressive, in for example Alpine Symphony and Der Rosenkavalier.
For audience members seeking a great concert experience, she recommends sitting as close to the orchestra a possible, in order to experience the coordination between sound and movement:
− It’s fascinating to see the logistics or what passes between the different instrument groups when they are transferring themes to one another, or have a dynamic interplay. You can let yourself be swept away by the energy you feel when you are sitting right in the middle of the sound.
Tove Halbakken Resell has many interests she pursues when she’s not playing:
− I like collecting rare plants and learning their Latin names, and forming my garden into an exciting place to be. I love the art of painting and its contribution to the world, and enjoy using canvas, brushes and colours myself. Otherwise, I like learning Italian, carpentry, reading, drinking wine, or doing anything else which is inspiring and fun.