2012 Kavli Prize Ceremony

WEBCAST - The Kavli Prize Ceremony, September 4, 2012
Oslo Concert Hall, Norway

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On September 4, His Majesty King Harald presented the Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience to the seven laureates from the US and Germany at a ceremony and gala performance at the Oslo Concert Hall. The masters of ceremony were Åse Kleveland, artist and former Minister of culture for Norway, and Alan Alda, actor, director and writer whose long-time interest and support of science has been recognized and honored with the National Science Board's Public Service Award. The celebration also featured addresses by Fred Kavli, founder and chairman of The Kavli Foundation, Nils Christian Stenseth, president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the chairs of the committees charged with selecting the prize recipients.

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Norway's King Harald presented the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience to the seven laureates at an award ceremony on 4 September 2012 at Oslo Concert Hall. Artist and former Minister of Culture Åse Kleveland, and the American actor Alan Alda will be the Masters of Ceremonies. The gala performance united science and culture in an event including a broad range of musical expressions, featuring young artists who have shown their excellence in music.

Alan Alda and Ase KlevelandÅse Kleveland and Alan Alda. (Credit: Scanpix)

Alan Alda is an American actor, director and writer, and a six-time Emmy Award-winner. His long-time interest in science and in promoting a greater public understanding of science led him to hosting the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years where he interviewed hundreds of scientists from around the world. In January 2010, he hosted a new science series on PBS called The Human Spark.

Åse Kleveland is an artist and former Minister of culture in Norway. From the age of ten she studied classical guitar, and had her artistic breakthrough in 1964. She became a very popular singer in the Nordic countries with numerous international performances in Europe and Asia. In November 1990 she was appointed Minister of culture, a position she held until 1996. Åse Kleveland has served as CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, and since 2006 she is Chief Executive of Concerts Norway, the national organisation for promotion and distribution of live music.

Performing artists:

Hot Club De Norvège Hot Club De Norvège

Hot Club De Norvège was established when the acoustic gypsy swing revival swept over Europe in the 70-ies. Their starting point was the recordings of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France, mingled with gypsy folklore, waltzes and more modern jazz. Today they have developed their own sound, and continue the search for a contemporary expression of the gypsy jazz. Hot Club De Norgège are touring world-wide and they have released 18 CDs of their own.

Julie Dahle AagaardJulie Dahle Aagaard. (Credit: Eirik Slingstad)

Julie Dahle Aagaard is a Norwegian soul singer, with countless performances with Norway's leading musicians behind her. In 2009 she released her debut album "Stomping Feet" to rave reviews in the Norwegian music press. Julie is described as an artist with a "voice filled with character and a large span, loaded with ornamentations to fill the role of a soul diva".

Frikar Dance CompanyFrikar Dance Company. (Credit: Sigmund Krøvel-Velle)

Frikar dance company is known for creating folk dance waves throughout Europe, but is also working with breakdance, capoeira and contemporary dance. Frikar is an old Norwegian term describing a person who behave unconventionally and earn his respect through creativity and virtuosity dancing rivals off the floor. Live music is a part of the Frikar quality. Their mission is to create free thinking and provoking dance productions exceeding cultural boundaries, and to deliver exceptional quality of contemporary art based on traditional knowledge.

Eivind Holstmark RingstadEivind Holstmark Ringstad. (Credit: Morten Brakestad)

Eivind Holstmark Ringstad, a Norwegian violinist and winner of the Eurovision Young Musicians contest in 2012, has gained international recognition due to his extraordinary skills on the violin. Prior to this, Ringstad also won the NRK's major Virtuoso soloist competition, where the jury enthusiastically stated that "he plays with a large surplus, sincerity and personality".

Marcela RandemMarcela Randem

Marcela Randem is a Norwegian singer who in 2012 won "The Young Star scholarship", where the jury stated the following: "She is a great musical talent, she has a stage charisma like no other and masters several different expressions with great naturalness. Her interpretations reveal a hard-working and intelligent nature. She is determined to find solutions no matter what it requires". Marcela Randem is a student at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. She has been a member of the children's choir at the Norwegian National Opera since she was eight years old.

Olso CamerataOslo Camerata

Oslo Camerata orchestra is an "Ensemble in residence" at the renowned Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. The orchestra is described as "Fresh, young experience - combining tradition and future".

Felix PeikliFelix Peikli

Felix Peikli, born in Oslo in 1990, is an up and coming jazz clarinetist who quickly gained recognition in his home-country receiving awards such as the National Dream Prize (2005) and the Capitol of Norway Honors Prize (youngest recipient ever) and appearing nationally on television, media, and other venues. Felix unique style has drawn attention way beyond the border lines of Norway performing at International venues and festivals, and in 2007 he received a Full tuition scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA).