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Strings & Harp

Faculty members of the String & Harp Department are experienced pedagogues and active soloists, orchestra and concert performers.

Strings

Many of our faculty members have vibrant careers as soloists or chamber musicians, recording artists and orchestra leaders. Teachers at the Academy often play together in settings outside the Academy, at various events and festivals, or in-house at our popular faculty concerts. They frequently travel abroad to give masterclasses, guest lectures and lessons at other institutions, and publish contemporary academic and innovative research material within their disciplines. All this contributes to ensure an active and dynamic Strings Department - home to violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Using the Academy's collection of Baroque instruments, strings students are offered elective studies of Baroque Performance and Repertoire. Collaborations with the Jazz, Improvised Music and Nordic Folk Music Department gives opportunities to study Jazz Violin and Improvisation.

Harp

In recent years there has been a lot of buzz around Harp studies at the Academy. Professor Isabelle Perrin, a specialist of the traditional French harp technique, attracts young talents and professionals from around the world to the Academy's harp class. The Harp class is an international group of students, exchanging experiences and benefitting from each students cultural heritage.

Study opportunities

The Norwegian Academy of Music offers programmes for string players in Music Performance and Music Education at undergraduate and graduate levels:

Successful graduates

Following their education at the Academy, several of our recent year graduates have entered directly into Concertmaster positions around the country. The highly successful Ensemble Allegria emerged from the Academy and maintains its base here.

Tango Ensillado, a unique Tango ensemble formed at the Academy, have received international acclaim, by, for instance, winning a prestigious ensemble competition in Germany in 2011.

Many former students work as soloists both abroad and in Norway.

Ensemble Allegria plays Mendelssohn in this video from Cafe de Concert.

Instruments from Dextra Musica

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Dextra Musica is a subsidiary of Sparebankstiftelsen. Since 2006 they have bought valuable string instruments with the purpose of loaning them to Norwegian musicians. Dextra Musica kindly loans instruments from their collection to musicians at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Staff

Head of department

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Isabelle Perrin

Professor

Harp

Teachers with broad musical range and variety of experiences

The Strings Department faculty is made up of expert pedagogues who have taught in their discipline for many years, and instructor assistants who have recently graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music.

In alphabetical order, by last name:

Violin

Harald Bertin Aadland

Harald Bertin Aadland

Associate Professor

Violin

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Elise Båtnes

Professor

Violin

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Vilde Frang

Professor

Violin

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Detlef Hahn

Professor

Violin

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Terje Moe Hansen

Professor

Violin

Peter Herresthal

Peter Herresthal

Professor

Violin

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Kolbjørn Holthe

Associate Professor

Violin

Isabelle van Keulen

Isabelle van Keulen

Professor

Violin

Viola

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Morten Carlsen

Professor

Viola

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Are Sandbakken

Professor

Chamber Music, Viola

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Lars Anders Tomter

Professor

Viola

Baroque Violin

Bjarte Eike

Bjarte Eike

University Lecturer

Baroque Violin

Cello

Ernst Simon Glaser

Ernst Simon Glaser

University Lecturer

Cello

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Aage Kvalbein

Professor Emeritus

Cello

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Geir Tore Larsen

University Lecturer

Cello

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Audun Sandvik

University Lecturer

Cello

Torleif Thedéen

Torleif Thedéen

Professor

Cello

Double Bass

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Dan Styffe

Professor

Double Bass

Harp

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Isabelle Perrin

Professor

Harp

Contemporary Classical Music

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Håkon Thelin

Associate Professor

Contemporary Music

Research Fellows

Jakob Kullberg

Jakob Kullberg

Research Fellow

Cello

Teaching Assistants

Maria A. Carlsen

Maria A. Carlsen

Høgsk-/øvingslærer / Assistent for Peter Herresthal

Violin

Bjarne Magnus Jensen

Bjarne Magnus Jensen

University Lecturer / Teaching Assistant for Detlef Hahn

Violin

Guest Instructors

We regularly host excellent international guest instructors and performers, such as:

  • Midori
  • Arve Tellefsen
  • Tabea Zimmermann
  • Thomas Riebl
  • Helen Callus
  • Frans Helmerson
  • Steven Isserlis
  • Thierry Barbé
  • Artemis-kvartetten