Franz Ludvig Serafin Kraggerud

All prize winners
EMCY Prize
Nationality: Norwegian
Instrument: Cello
Date of birth 2013/02/19

Franz Ludvig Serafin Kraggerud started to play cello when he was 5 years old and had rapid development. Recently he auditioned for the esteemed instrument collection Dextra Musica who owns Stradivari and Guarneri instruments. Their best smaller cello was awarded to Franz who will borrow this for the next few years. This cello was the instrument of the famous cellist and composer Miklos Perenyi. He used it in his youth and it is a great honour to be chosen for having it.

In October 2021 Franz was awarded the first prize in «Midgard Competition» and in December the third prize and EMCY prize in the «Nutcracker» International Competition in Moscow, during the final he performed Saint Saens cello concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic. Franz has now been invited as soloist with the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra as well as to further festivals in Norway and abroad.

Franz likes to improvise on the piano and cello. Music has always made a great impression on him. Already at the age of 3 while building LEGO he would sing entire etudes by Kreutzer perfectly in tune just because his sister Alma had been practicing them on violin. When the family watched the famous Amadeus movie, Franz found some paper and composed a piece at age of 5 which he later played with his father Henning Kraggerud. He has absolute pitch and uses music as a language in addition to Polish and Norwegian, playing themes from his favourite movies and Netflix series whenever he takes a break from his normal practice.

He has performed as a soloist at Valdres Summer Festival, the largest summer festival in Norway for internationally talented youth. There he also performed Saint Saens Cello concerto. They were so impressed that they have commissioned a new piece he will perform there next year. He played for Truls Mørk in 2020. Torleif Thedeen, Guy Johnston, Natalie Clein and Johannes Moser have given him great feedback on his playing during the pandemic, lessons with some of them are already scheduled. Natalie Clein and Truls Mørk have given him lessons already. His teacher in Oslo is Kari Ravnan and he also had lessons with the Zara Nelsova-pupil Ole Eirik Ree.

If you are interested in working with Franz Ludvig Serafin, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.



J.S. Bach, Allemande
J.S. Bach, BWV 1007 Cello Suite no.1
J.S. Bach, Courante
J.S. Bach, Gigue
J.S. Bach, Menuett I
J.S. Bach, Menuett II
J.S. Bach, Prelude
J.S. Bach, Sarabande
J.L. Duport, 21 etuden for solo cello
A.Franchomme, 12 Caprices op.7
A.Franchomme, 12 etuden op.35
D. Popper, etuden op.76

With Orchestra

L. Boccherini, Cello Concerto in B flat Major G.482
M. Bruch, Kol Nidrei op.47
G. Faure, Elegie op.24
C. Saint Saens, Allegro Appasionato op.43
C. Saint Saens, cello Concerto no.1 in a minor
C. Saint Saens, The Swan
A. Vivald, Concerto in A-Major for violin and cello, RV 546
A. Vivaldi, Concerto in g-minor for two cello, RV 531

With Piano

J.S. Bach, Sonata no.2, Viola da Gamba, BWV 1028 – Adagio – Allegro
B. Bartok, Roumanian Folk Dances (arr. by Luigi Silva)
G. Faure, Sicielienne op.78
F. Francoeur, Cello Sonata no.4 in E-Major
G. Goltermann, Etude-Caprice op.54. no.4
D. Popper, Tarantelle op.33
D. Schostakovich, from «The Gadfly Suite»- Tarantella op.97
W. H. Squire, Bouree op.24
P. Tchaikovsky, Nocturne no.4 op.19


Franz Ludvig Serafin Kraggerud (8y.o) P. Tchaikovsky «Nocturne op.19, no.4
Franz Ludvig Serafin Kraggerud (8.y.o) Saint Saens cello concerto no.1 op.33 in a-minor , mov.1
Franz Ludvig Serafin Kraggerud(8.y.o.) Saint Saens cello concerto no.1 in a-minor op.33 , mov.3

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