She studied with Bjarne Fiskum and finished her studies with György Pauk at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music.
She founded the Leopold String Trio in 1991 and was their leader for 15 years. In 2000 she was appointed leader of The Nash Ensemble.
She plays on a Pressenda instrument built in Turin in 1841. Nominated for Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) for best classical album of 2013 with "Svendsen - Orchestral Works vol. 3", released with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Neeme Järvi.