Ivar Lunde, Jr., former principal oboist of the Norwegian National Opera, was educated at the Conservatory of Music, Oslo, Norway, and the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. His teachers of oboe include Kees Lahnstein and Andre Lardrot; of Baroque oboe Grant Moore and James Caldwell; of composition, his father, Ivar Lunde, Sr.; and of conducting Trygve Lindemann, Hermann Scherchen, and Carl Melles. He has taught and performed in Europe and the United States, and appeared as oboe soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic and the Oslo Philharmonic, and many smaller orchestras in Norway, Sweden, Austria, and the United States.
Mr. Lunde is a prolific composer and has been awarded numerous prizes and commissions. Several orchestral works have been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic (Norway), the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Norway) and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. Many of his works are published and recorded in the United States and Norway including a CD featuring wind and keyboard compositions released by the Hemera label in Norway, as well as ECCO Tells the Tale with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra released by the Tonheim Records label. In 1977 his "Symphony No. 1" received shared 1st Prize in the Oslo Concert Hall Composition Contest for symphonic music.
Mr. Lunde is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as well as Music Director and former principal oboist with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and former music director and conductor of the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony. In 1988 Mr. Lunde formed a small publishing company, Skyline Publications, to publish art music. Later, Skyline Studios was added to provide audio and video recording and post-production to area artists.