Per Kristian Skalstad
Norwegian conductor Per Kristian Skalstad works regularly with all the major Norwegian orchestras, such as the Oslo Philharmonic, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra. Since his debut as a conductor in 2002, Skalstad has done a large number of ballets, operas and symphonic concerts all over Norway, in Sweden, Germany, and Austria as well as chamber orchestra tours to Denmark, England, Belgium, Russia, and the US.
In recent years, Skalstad has focused mainly on ballet and opera and has conducted nearly 30 productions for the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo. Per Kristian Skalstad has conducted the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra several times, with soloists like Leif Ove Andsnes, Isabelle van Keulen, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Kremer, Paul Lewis, Lars Anders Tomter, Truls Mørk, Martin Fröst, and Jean-Guihen Queyras.
He premiered the piano concerto La Mattina by Bent Sørensen with Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in 2009 and has since then taken this concerto on tours to the Bergen International Festival, Musikhalle Hamburg, BBC Proms, and Ojai Music Festival in California.
In 2010, Skalstad also conducted the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra on tours to Brussels, London, and New York. In 2016, Skalstad conducted the Norwegian premiere of Ouroboros, a cello concerto by Thomas Larcher, with soloist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Per Kristian Skalstad is also a violinist and has been a member of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra since 1988.