The Norwegian soprano, Mona Julsrud, studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and the Royal College of Music in London.
Mona Julsrud is a renowned concert soloist, who works regularly with all major Norwegian orchestras. Aside from her frequent engagements in Norway, she regularly works with conductors such as Sir David Willcocks, Andrew Parrot, Phillip Herreweghe, and, most frequently, Frans Brüggen. After the first collaboration with Frans Brüggen 1993, she has worked with him on numerous occasions in works such as Haydnís Die Schöpfung, L.v. Beethovenís incidental music Egmont, several Cantatas by J.S. Bach and his St. John Passion (BWV 245). In March 1998 she toured Japan with Mr. Frans Brüggen and his Orchestra of the 18th Century, and in April of 2000 they toured Italy, on both occasions with Mozartís Requiem.
Mona Julsrud has performed at most of the major Norwegian festivals as well as many European and North American festivals. As a Lieder and concert singer she has appeared in Germany, USA, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Italy France, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Her many appearances in England include George Frideric Handelís Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir David Willcocks.
Future engagements (as of 2001) include J.S. Bachís Mass in B minor (BWV 232) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bacherias-Brasilieras, Dvorakís Requiem, and concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stavanger Philharmonic Orchestra. Future assignments with Frans Brüggen include an extensive tour in the spring of 2002.
Mona Julsrudís many recordings include St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) for the record company Phillips, and a live recording of Mozartís Requiem from Japan, both with Frans Brüggen and his Orchestra of the 18th Century. For the record label BIS she has recorded Cantatas by the baroque composer Johann Christoph Pepusch, and a disc with music by the Swedish contemporary composer Torsten Nilsson.