Yngvild Vivja Haaland Ruud (b 1990, Norway) is a harpsichordist, classical accordion player and ensemble leader. She started playing piano at de age of 5, and found her way to the accordion when she was 7 – music has been an important part of her life ever since.
Specialized in early music and historical performance practice as well as contemporary music, she has a fresh approach for sharing classical music with new audiences. Her passion for contemporary music has led to collaborations with exciting composers of today, and she is frequently performing both with solo and chamber music repertoire. On the harpsichord she particularly enjoys playing the music of J. S. Bach (in any constellation – solo, chamber, continuo in orchestra & ensemble leading) in addition to the French opera repertoire and more. Besides her flair for historical instruments she is curious about how baroque music music can be presented on such a young instrument as the accordion. Furthermore she is involved in a number of ensembles, exploring sounds and moving between genres.
Educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Sibelius Academy (Master of Music), Yngvild has won numerous prizes both nationally and internationally, such as the 3rd price in the international “Arrasate Hiria” competition for soloists in Spain in 2012. Nowadays her focus is to follow her dream – sharing wonderful music with a passionate audience. That might happen anywhere – in an opera, in a concert hall, in a church… or somewhere in her neighborhood. Together with people or alone – always with the purpose of sharing – longing to grasp the magic of music.