Ole Edvard Antonsen
Norwegian-born Ole Edvard Antonsen was the first brass graduate from the State Academy in Oslo to be awarded the highest distinction in his Diploma. After some years with the Oslo Philharmonic, he now pursues a full-time solocareer that has taken him to many countries, including major musical centres and arts festivals in Scandinavia, Russia, South America, USA, Japan and Europe. Orchestras have included Berlin Philharmonic, Suisse-Romande, Leipzig Radio, Prague Symphony and Atlanta Symphony with such conductors as Jansons, Weller, Nagano, Tate, Belohlavek and Comissiona. He also appears with many fine wind and brass ensembles and in recital. He is keenly interested in contemporary music and many composers have written specially for him. Antonsen's many prestigious international prizes include First Prize in the 1987 CIEM competition in Geneva (the first top prize to be awarded since Maurice Andre in 1955) and the 1989 UNESCO Competition in Bratislava. Between 1991 and 1994 he was the National Olympic Committee's chosen representative for their international promotion of Norwegian music. He gave his first concert with the British pianist and organist Wayne Marshall in 1990 and the duo now give many concerts. Recent seasons have included recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, City of London Newbury and Bermuda Festivals and visits to Germany, Norway, Japan, Bergen, Hong Kong and Seoul. In December 1997 they gave their second recital at Suntory Hall, Tokyo and appeared at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester in Spring 1998. He also regularly gives recitals with Havard Gimse and Kare Nordstoge and last year gave concerts in Edmonton with Jeremy Spurgeon. Antonsen has worked with many leading international orchestras and the last few seasons have included tours with the Tronheim Soloists, Stockholm Chamber and Israel Chamber Orchestras and the New European String Orchestra with Dmitri Sitkovetsky. He also performed with the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Belgique, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo under Tadaaki Otaka. Recent festival appearances with orchestra have included the Istanbul Festival and a return to the 1997 Schleswig-Holstein Festival. Forthcoming engagements include opening the 1998/99 international recital series in Dublin with Marshal; appearing as the only classical soloist on an extended European tour involving full symphony orchestra, chorus and a wide range of guest artists; an American tour with Australian Chamber Orchestra in April 1999; returning to Japan and concerts with Oslo Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Suisse-Romande, Bergen Philharmonic and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras. His remarkable versatility has resulted in many succesful collaborations with pop, rock and jazz musicians, including such artists as Randy Crawford, Rickie-Lee Jones, the Norwegian Radio Big Band and Willem Breuker Kollektief.