of the greatest violin virtuosos of his time.
He was a violin
solist of international repute. Born in Bergen, he travelled all over
Europe and North America to give concerts. He sought to make the folk
musik and culture of Norway more widely known. As a violin virtuoso, he
was widely acclaimed for his brilliant improvisations, and for the rich
tone of his play. Around 1860 he conceived the idea of a Norwegian Academy
of Folk Music, but was never able to gain public sponsorship for this