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Øystein Baadsvik: 23 Important Dates in His Life

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1966: Born in Trondheim, Norway.

1977: Began playing the euphonium with the school band of Spongdal near Trondheim, aged 10.

1981: After stopping playing for three years, he started tuba with another school band in Trondheim and joined a brass band.

1983: Entered the Norwegian National Youth Band.

1984: First prize at the National Soloist Competition in Norway.

1986: He enrolled at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, studying with Michael Lind. Eventually, he also took lessons from John Fletcher, Roger Bobo, Harvey Phillips, and Arnold Jacobs.

1987: Was appointed tuba of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, where he remained for two years.

1991: Second Prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in Switzerland, launching his career as an international soloist.

1993: Released his debut album, Øystein Baadsvik, Tuba (Simax Classics), with pianist Niklas Sivelöv and The Swedish Brass Quintet.

1997: First prize at “Verso il millenio” International Competition in Riva del Garda, Italy. Appointed Head of the Winds Department and associate professor at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. Right after this, he temporarily gave up music to spend more time with his family.

1999: Received a two-year scholarship from the Norwegian state to continue his music activity, thus relaunching his career as an international soloist.

2000: He composed the piece Fnugg for solo tuba, which includes new techniques, and has become tremendously popular worldwide. Later, along with Svein H. Giske, he arranged this piece for accompanied tuba, entitled Fnugg Blue, which premiered with the Stavanger Brass Band at the gala concert of the European Brass Band Championship in Bergen in May 2003.

2003: Released his first album on BIS, Tuba Carnival, with Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra / Bjørn Sagstad, including many of the pieces that made him world-renowned, such as Fnugg, the Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Arban’s Carnival of Venice, and Monti’s Csárdás.

2006: Released the album Danzas (BIS) with pianist Niklas Sivelöv. In December, he debuted at Carnegie Hall in New York City, performing pieces recorded on the CD.

2007: Released the album Prelude, Fnugg And Riffs (BIS) with the Swedish Wind Ensemble / Christian Lindberg. He also featured in the album Kalevi Aho: Contrabassoon & Tuba Concertos (BIS) with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra / Mats Rondin.

2008: Released the album 20th-Century Tuba Concertos (BIS) with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Anne Manson, including works for tuba by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alexander Arutiunian, Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist, and John Williams — who would say, “Baadsvik’s rendering of my concerto far surpasses anything a composer might hope for.”

2009: Released the album 21st-Century Tuba Concertos (BIS) with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra / Mats Rondin, including works for tuba by Fredrik Högberg, Jan Sandström, and Kalevi Aho. The Nordic Chamber Orchestra commissioned his Tuba Concerto.

2010: Released the album Ferry Tales (BIS) with pianist Erlend Skomsvoll and The Trondheim Soloists string ensemble.

2011: Released the Christmas album Snowflakes — A Classical Christmas (BIS) with the choir Cantus and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra / Torodd Wigum.

2012: Released the album Chameleon (BIS) with the Fanfare Band of the Royal Netherlands Army Mounted Regiments / Tijmen Botma & Maurice Hamers.

2014: Released the Christmas album Øystein Baadsvik Plays Tuba Concertos (BIS) with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra / Christian Lindberg.

2017: Gave a TEDx talk called The Tuba Virtuoso that accumulates over 1 million views on YouTube, becoming one of the most popular TEDx talks for classical musicians.

2018: Released the album Journey (BIS) with violinist L. Subramaniam and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra / Jaakko Kuusisto.

Website: baadsvik.com

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