This week sees one of Norway’s leading violinists, Arve Tellefsen, and acclaimed pianist Håvard Gimse teaming up with Swedish cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson for a Japanese tour.
This week, Arve Tellefsen, Håvard Gimse and Gustafsson are set to perform at concerts in 4 different cities in Japan; Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kobe.
Monday 23 May, 19:00- Yokohama Minatomirai Concert Hall
Tuesday 24 May, 19:00- Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
Wenesday 25 May, 19:00- Nagoya Shimin Kaikan Hall
Thursday 26 May, 19:00- Kobe Matsukata Hall
Arve Tellefsen was born in Trondheim, Norway, where he began to learn violin at the age of six under Arne Stoltenberg. He continued his studies at the Royal Danish Academy with Henry Holst, before moving to New York to study with Professor Ivan Galamian. In 1973 was the recipient of the Grieg Prize.
He has participated in several international festivals, among others The Schleswig - Holstein Festival, Gidon Kremer's Festival in Lockenhaus, and Barbara Hendricks Festival in Montreux.
Tellefsen has recorded for Sony Classics, EMI, Phillips and Virgin Classical; revealing in particular his affinity with the concerts of Nielsen, Shostakovich, Sibelius and Beethoven. He has also made many successful recital records, especially of Scandinavian repertoire in which he is widely regarded as the foremost exponent.
Arve Tellefsen has worked with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Arvid Jansons, Herbert Blomstedt, Gary Bertini, Evgeny Svetlanov, Bryden Thomson, Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Walter Weller and Zubin Mehta. In the UK, he has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Hallé, BBC Scottish, BBC Welsh, the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National orchestras.
His discography includes concertos by Carl Nielsen, Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven, Bruch and Sibelius, as well as concertos by Scandinavian composers: Tor Aulin, Franz Berwald, Lars-Erik Larsson, Johan Svendsen, Christian Sinding, Fartein Valen, Arne Nordheim and Alfred Janson. In 1997 he gave the world premiere of the Violin Concerto dedicated to him by Arne Nordheim, Norway’s foremost contemporary composer, with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on Sony Classical.
As a chamber musician, Tellefsen has taken part in festivals all over the world, including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Bath Festival, Gidon Kremer’s Festival in Lockenhaus, Barbara Hendricks’ Festival in Montreux and the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades.
Arve Tellefsen founded the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, which takes place annually and attracts the cream of international artists, including Anne Sofie von Otter, Randi Stene, Solveig Kringlebotn, Elizabeth Nordberg-Schulz, Barbara Hendricks, Liv Ullmann, Jan Garbarek, Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Angela Hewitt, Hagen Quartet, Hilliard Ensemble, Jordi Savall, Rolf Lislevand and Maria João Pires.
Tellefsen broadcasts regularly for the BBC; in Norway he featured in a series of television programmes with the Oslo Philharmonic focusing on classical music. He was music consultant and soloist on the soundtrack of the feature film Sofie, Liv Ullmann’s directorial debut.
Tellefsen continued his studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music with Professor Henry Holst, before moving to New York to study with Professor Ivan Galamian.
He has recently recorded Edvard Grieg: Complete Violin Sonatas with pianist Håvard Gimse at Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen, for Sony Classical.
After gaining his Diploma at "Hochschule der Künste Berlin" in 1995 (Leygraf), he studied with professor Jiri Hlinka in Norway. In 1987 he won 1:st prize in the «Jugend Musiziert Competition». Since then his career as a recording and concert artist expanded significantly without participating in piano competitions.
Gimse is recipient of the prestigious «Grieg Prize» (1996), the «Steinway Prize» (1995) and recently the Norwegian Sibelius Society´s "Sibelius Prize" (Nov 2004).
His distinct and rich musical palette reflect his artistic strength, experienced from early years and developed through extensive and varied concert activities. His repertory is equally broad, already including more than 30 concertos performed with orchestra, numerous solo works and chamber music programs.
This has brought Gimse forward as one of Norway´s most distinguished classical concert and recording artists, with more than 30 CDs to his credit.
A large number of these recordings for NAIM (Chopin & Grieg), Naxos (Sibelius, Grieg and Tveitt), Sony (Grieg Violin Sonatas),Chandos (Mozart) and Simax have received superb reviews, including recommendations in the Peguin Guide, with «Editor´s Choice´s» and top scores in Gramophone, CD Review, BBC Music Magazine and Phono Forum.
Håvard Gimse has performed with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Welsh National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Belgian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, and major orchestras throughout Scandinavia and Latin America. Conductors include Berglund, Wallberg, Segerstam, Soustrot, Kitajenko, Frühbeck de Burgos and Honeck. Orchestra tours include Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra to Great Britain, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra to Austria, France, Holland and Croatia, Janacek Philharmonic to Tokyo, and Thuringen Philharmonic in Spain.
2005 engagements include Baltimore Symphony, St.Petersburg Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall.
As a recitalist Gimse has succesfully performed in Wigmore Hall «Young Master´s Series», Weill Recital Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Suk Hall Prague and Konzerthaus Berlin.
International festival engagements include Valdemossa Chopin Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Bath Festival, Bergen International Festival, Kuhmo Festival, Angouleme Piano Festival, Flandern Festival Belgium, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Cervantino Festival in Mexico and Risør, Stavanger and Oslo Chamber Music Festivals.
Gimse is assistant program manager of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival.