Strings & Harp
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.
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.
The Norwegian Academy of Music offers programmes for string players in Music Performance and Music Education at undergraduate and graduate levels:
- Bachelor's studies in strings
- Master's and diploma programmes in strings
- Ph.D. and doctoral studies opportunities
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
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.
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:
We regularly host excellent international guest instructors and performers, such as:
- Arve Tellefsen
- Tabea Zimmermann
- Thomas Riebl
- Helen Callus
- Frans Helmerson
- Steven Isserlis
- Thierry Barbé