St. Olaf College student musician Hannie McGarity ’19 won first prize in the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota String Competition.
As the winner of the competition, she will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Bergen, Norway, in late October. She will perform in the home of Grieg, the celebrated Norwegian composer and pianist, in connection with a seminar titled “Romantic Piano Meets the Hardanger Fiddle: Edvard Grieg’s Chamber Works and Solo Piano Music.”
Each of the finalists in the string competition played a whole Grieg sonata, another piece by a Scandinavian composer, and a Grieg miniature.
McGarity played Grieg’s Sonata in C Minor, Christian Sinding’s Suite in A Minor, and Ved mannjevningen by Grieg.
“I feel so lucky to have the amazing opportunity to travel to Norway for the first time, and I am looking forward to continue learning about Scandinavian music as I study Grieg’s and other Scandinavian repertoire,” McGarity says.
McGarity, who is majoring in violin performance, is a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra. She toured with the orchestra in Argentina and Uruguay last summer, and next spring she will study music in Vienna, Austria. She is a native of Bellingham, Washington.