About the School
Who We Are
Encounter of Santander
Born in Horten, Norway, he began his bassoon lessons at the age of 11 with Robert Rönnes. He later studied with Torleiv Nedberg at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He won his first orchestral position with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 16, where he was promoted to co-principal of the same orchestra soon after. He continued to study with Professor Klaus Thunemann in Hannover and in 1997 he became a professor at the Hannover Academy of Music and Theatre.
He was the principal bassoonist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1988 and that of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra when Italian conductor Claudio Abbado founded it in 2003. He held the same position in the Cologne Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1997. He is currently a member of the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra, both with Seiji Ozawa as Artistic Director.
He was won several competitions such as the Norwegian Youth Music Competition in 1984 and the ARD Music Competition in Munich in 1990.
He has had many solo performances with renowned orchestras including, among many others, the South German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, with conductors such as Sandor Vegh and Iona Brown, who have taken him throughout Europe and Japan.
He is a member of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble and of the Villa Musica Ensemble. He is also a regular guest at several music festivals such as the Schubertiade in Austria, the Spannungen in Germany and the Glasbemi September in Slovenia.