Founded in Oslo in 1997, trio mediaeval has developed three distinct strands of repertoire: polyphonic medieval music from England and France, contemporary works and Norwegian medieval ballads and songs. The group's initial phase was inspired by intense periods of work at the Hilliard Summer Festival in England and Germany, and subsequently with Linda Hirst and John Potter.
Trio mediaeval has given concerts and radio broadcasts throughout Europe, in the USA and Canada. The ensemble released its first CD on ECM Records in October 2001. 'Words of the Angel' immediately went to The Billboard Top 10 Bestsellers list and was the April 2002 Stereophile "Recording of the Month." In January 2004 the trio released its second CD 'Soir dit-elle' on ECM Records. Also this recording was on the Billboard Top 10 list for weeks. The release concert was recorded by Norwegian television (NRK 1) for the series 'Megafon', and was broadcast in May 2004. The group released its third CD 'Stella Maris' in September last year. On Christmas day 2005 the trio, together with Gavin Bryars and Roger Heaton, gave a concert from Harkeberga Kyrka on Swedish Television, SVT 2 in the programme 'veckans konsert' (concert of the week).
The trio has collaborated with many composers, including Gavin Bryars, Ivan Moody, Roger Marsh, Paul Robinson, Piers Hellawell, Isobel Davies (UK), William Brooks, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon (USA), Thoma Simaku (Albania), Oleh Harkavyy (Ukraine), Gonzalo Macias (Mexico), Bjorn Kruse, Andrew Smith and Trygve Seim (Norway), Tord Gustavsen (Norway) and Sungji Hong (Korea).
In November 2005 the Trio Mediaeval performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York together with the German musikFabrik in 'Shelter'; a Contemporary Oratorio with projections, with music by the American composer-trio Bang on a Can (Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon). The work had its European premier in Cologne and Essen in Germany early last year, and was performed in Amsterdam and Antwerp in January 2006.
Trio mediaeval has now been performing in 25 states in the USA. The first tour this year took the group to Iowa City, Pittsburgh, St Louis, Indiananpolis, Irvine, Los Angeles and Seattle. The next tour in November will go to Westport, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Chicago and New York. In December last year the trio made its debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, New York and the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC.
In Europe the trio will perform in Gran Canaria, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Estonia and Finland.
Founded in Oslo in 1997, Trio Mediaeval participated in the Hilliard Ensemble's summer school. Hilliard tenor singer John Potter, later leader of the Dowland Project, was especially excited by their potential and brought the group to ECM. Subsequently "Words of the Angel" and "Soir, dit-elle" soared to the top of the Billboard and Amazon classical charts. "Stella Maris" released on ECM in 2005 juxtaposed 12th and 13th century music from England and France and a mass written for the trio by South Korean composer Sungji Hong.
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Anna Maria Friman studied with Thorbjorn Lindhjem at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo and with Linda Hirst at Trinity College of Music in London. In Europe Anna has given workshops in the U.K, Sweden, Latvia and Finland. Her work in the USA has included coaching and recording with the Girl Choristers of Washington National Cathedral. Anna's solo engagements include performances with Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Red Byrd, The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, NYYD Ensemble, Latvian Radio Choir, Collegium Vocale Gent and Ricercar Consort. Anna has been a jury member at the vocal ensemble competition at the Tampere International Choral Festival, Finland, since 2001.
Linn Andrea Fuglseth was born in Sandefjord, Norway. She completed her Higher Diploma in singing at the Norwegian Academy of Music in 1997, specializing in baroque interpretation, and writing a dissertation on Restoration Mad Songs. In 1994-95 she studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, receiving a diploma in Advanced Solo Studies in Early Music. She has studied singing with Marit Isene, Barbro Marklund, Emma Kirkby and Mary Nichols. Linn Andrea has been soloist with, amongst others, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, The Norwegian Baroque Orchestra and The Norwegian Soloists' Choir. In addition to singing, she conducts a children's choir in Oslo and writes arrangements of Norwegian folksongs for the Trio.
Torunn Ostrem Ossum was born in Namsos, Norway. She was educated at the College of Early Childhood Education in Oslo, specializing in music and drama. Torunn studied singing with Svein Bjorkoy at Ronningen County College in Oslo. She has wide experience as an ensemble singer and has performed with groups such as The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Nordic Voices, Con Spirito and Grex Vocalis conducted by Carl Hogset, where she also sings as a soloist. Torunn has been working as a vocal coach for the junior theatre group 'Baermuda mini'. Her experience working with children has been a great advantage for the trio's work touring throughout Norway giving school concerts, engaged by the Norwegian Concert Institute.
Norwegian drummer and percussionist Birger Mistereggen, trained as a classical and jazz musician, is one of the foremost specialists in folk music percussion in his country.