Projects

I am active as a performer which besides offering solo recitals also collaborates with different artists.

Here is a little overview of previous and ongoing projects:

Stillae is the name of a ongoing project where I focus on new music in collaboration with the flutist Yumi Murakami and the soprano Janne Berglund. The stillae project started up in the spring of 2014 with the soprano Silje Marie Aker Johnsen. Our first program contained works written by Hans Werner Henze, Fredrik Brattberg (premiere) and Karsten Brustad (two premieres). In 2015 we made our second program, now with Yumi Murakami on flutes and the soprano Janne Berglund. Our last program contained works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred.

Endless Plain Ensemble was founded in autumn of 2010. The ensemble consists of me and the Icelandic guitarist / composer Jon Gudmundsson. Our first cd, moons, mists and mountains, with music written by Jon Gudmundsson , was recorded in autumn 2010 and released in spring 2011.

 2 x Stener Olsen is a cello/guitar duo which consists of me and my brother Olav Stener Olsen. We offer several programs.

Together with the Norwegian soprano Kari Raff Reinemo, I performed the 60 minutes long work “Chamber Music” by the Norwegian composer and playwright Frederik Brattberg.  The work is based on James Joyce’ poem cycle “Chamber Music”. With its 60 minutes, the composition fills a program.

Violin/Guitar duo: in collaboration with different violin players I perform different programs. These are often including the music of Paganini and Schubert.

Førisdal/Olsen duo Together with my friend and colleague Anders Førisdal I performed a program with music by Haydn/de Fossa, Mertz and Lhoyer for two guitars. The music was played on reproductions of guitars from the 19th century.

Platero y yo was a performance which was based on the text Platero y yo written by Juan Ramon Jimenez and the music by Eduardo Sainz de la Maza and Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco. Together with narrator Knut Arild Melbø and dancer Anne Weidner, the three of us formed the Platero Ensemble.

Solo I have studied and performed a big part of the repertoire for the classical guitar. Current program include music by Jose, Turina and Villa-Lobos among others.

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