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2.1 Biography

 
Short bio:
Geir Inge Lotsberg
began his professional career at a young age and has distinguished himself as one of Norway’s most active chamber musicians. He studied with Leif Jørgensen, Sandor Vègh in Salzburg, Camilla Wicks in Houston and Ana Chumachenco in Munich, and in 1991 he became one of the founding members of Oslo String Quartet. He is a widely experienced musician and has been a member of ensembles such as the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Academica Salzburg, and concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic and Norwegian National Opera orchestras.
In addition to collaborations with other musicians including Håvard Gimse, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and Kåre Nordstoga, Lotsberg has performed as a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Camerata Academica Salzburg. He released a number of CD recordings featuring works by J. S. Bach, Carl Nielsen and Edvard Grieg, and two recordings of contemporary music for solo violin.
Lotsberg is much in demand as a teacher and orchestra leader, working regularly in recent years with TrondheimSolistene and as a teacher at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo.
Since 2007 Geir Inge Lotsberg has played a Joseph Guarnerius filius Andrae from 1703, provided by Dextra Musica AS.


Longer bio:
Geir Inge Lotsberg was born in 1969 and comes from the town of Elverum. He studied the violin with Leif Jørgensen from 1979, and later with Sandor Vègh in Salzburg for a year and a half. In addition to this, he has also studied for brief periods of time with Camilla Wicks in Houston, Texas.

He has performed as a solo artist with the Youth Symphony Orchestra, the "Camerata Academica", Salzburg, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of the Norwegian National Opera and the orchestra of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

In 1995 he presented in collaboration with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg a concert series of Mozart's violin sonatas in Oslo and London. All of the concerts from Oslo were broadcast as a series entitled "Mildly Mozart" (Milde Mozart) by the NRK radio station P2. In the summer of 1996 he performed Bach's "Six Solos for Violin" in concerts in Stavanger and in Oslo. The same autumn he held his debut concert in the University Aula in Oslo, with a Carl Nielsen program. He received the "National Association of Music Friends Debut Award" for this concert. The Carl Nielsen debut-program was recorded for Afontibus label in 2001. He has been engaged with the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, the Oslo Grieg festival and the Elverum Festival.

In recent years he has been frequently on tour with the program "Folk Tunes and Bach" (Folketonar and Bach), together with Kåre Nordstoga and Arve Moen Bergset. This particular concert project has led to the release of the CD "Religious Folk Tunes" (Religiøse folketonar). Also with pianist Håvard Gimse, he has given numerous recitals in Norway presenting works by Nielsen, Beethoven and Sibelius. With Einar Steen-Nøkleberg he has been presenting annual recitals in Oslo at the Oslo Grieg Festival and the DNB/NOR-series. The collaboration with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Håvard Gimse and Kåre Nordstoga has also resulted in CD recordings.

As a member of the Oslo String Quartet since 1991, he has contributed to the formation of a concert series in the University Aula in Oslo 1994-1999, performing also as a visiting artist at festivals both in Norway and abroad. They have given recitals at Wigmore Hall in London and made their US debut in 2005. The quartet has made a series of CD recordings for the Naxos, CPO, Simax and Aurora labels including repertoire by Grieg, Nielsen, Sibelius, Svendsen and Berg a.o. In November 2006 they performed the complete Beethoven String Quartet during eight concerts at the Oslo University.
Geir Inge Lotsberg was an active member of the string trio "Opus 3" for many years, in collaboration with Henning Kraggerud and Natasha Brofsky. The trio toured for the Norwegian Concert Institute, performed at the Bergen International Festival and toured with the string trio version of Bach's Golberg Variations.

During the last years, he has been leading the chamber-orchestra Trondheim Soloists and the Oslo Camerata in various projects.

He has commisioned several works by norwegian composers a.o. Magnar Åm, Nicolay Apollyon, Klaus Sandvik and Synne Skouen. These works have been premiered at different festivals in Scandinavia. Some of these works were presented in a Solo Violin recording in 2005 for Afontibus. The most recent solo project was released by Afontibus in January 2009 with works by Isang Yun, Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Hans Werner Henze, Synne Skouen and Klaus Sandvik.

Geir Inge Lotsberg was, together with Håvard Gimse, responsible for the program at the Elverum Music Festival 1998-2000.
From 1997 until 2004 he was serving as concert master of the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra in a half time contract. He is presently teaching the violin at the Barratt-Due Institute in Oslo.

Geir Inge Lotsberg plays on a violin by Joseph Guarnerius filius Andreae from 1703, provided by Dextra Musica AS.