Watch the 2018 Award Ceremony:
Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. He has also been an important advocate for science communication as host of Scientific American Frontiers on PBS and through his Alan Alda Center for communicating science. This is the fifth time he is hosting the Kavli Prize award ceremony. His co-host is the Norwegian actress and singer Heidi Ruud Ellingsen.
Alan Alda (Photo: Thomas Brun/NTB) & Heidi Ruud Ellingsen (Photo: Erika Hebbert)
Seven pioneering scientists have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes. The winners will receive a gold medal, a scroll and their share of the prize money.
The gala performance unites science and culture in an event including a broad range of musical expressions featuring artists who have shown their excellence in music.
Eldbjørg Hemsing is from Aurdal in Valdres, a small place she and her sister Ragnhild have put on the musical world map, not least through the Hemsing Festival. Here, the sisters have presented a number of international musicians through 7 years, despite their young age (Eldbjørg is 28 years old)! Most importantly, however, is that Eldbjørg is a classic world-class violinist. She has received a number of awards and gives concerts all around the world.
Eldbjørg Hemsing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7C3YrptAVY
Eldbjørg Hemsing. Foto: Nikolaj Lund
Adam Douglas is the man who did the opposite of Fred Kavli: He left the United States to build his career from Norway. In fact, he settled in the Ålesund area, just a couple of hours drive from Fred Kavli's childhood home. Adam is a very strong singer and guitarist. His success has been formidable -- winning NRK's "Stjernekamp" was a highlight. Adam Douglas: Try A little tenderness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16IxMr07Y-8
Solveig Slettahjell is one of our most recognized and experienced singers, moving in the musical landscape between jazz, gospel and pop. She has released a large number of CDs and won several awards, including "Spellemannprisen".
Mathias Rugsveen from Oslo is a 15-year-old sorcerer on the accordion. He won second place in "Norwegian Talents 2017", where he impressed the professional judges every time he played. Mathias Rugsveen: He will perform with another piece, but this gives an impression of him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc4CzvY578U