Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2018

Lars Anders Tomter

Biography

Lars Anders Tomter is one of today's most outstanding violists. The Giant of the Nordic Viola (The Strad) was born at Hamar, Norway. He began to play the violin at the age of eight and also took up the viola. Both instruments he studied with Professor Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian State Academy. He then continued his studies with Professor Max Rostal and with Sándor Vegh. He was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók's Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984 and then went on to win the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986.

Lars Anders Tomter has distinguished himself by performing new music extensively, including the world premiere of four concertos by Ragnar Söderlind, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Rolf Wallin and Anders Eliasson, which have all been written for Lars Anders Tomter. In 2011 he recorded Vagn Holmboe's Viola Concerto with Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra released on the dacapo label. In 2015 he will record Poul Ruders' Viola Concerto with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and in 2016 he will perform Egil Hovland's Viola Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic. Lars Anders Tomter's appearances as an international viola soloist has been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States, such as Vienna Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Kölner Philharmonie. He has performed with orchestras such as BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RSO Frankfurt, NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and Danish National Radio Symphony. Conductors with whom he has worked together include among others Marc Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sylvain Cambreling, Dennis Russell Davies, Olari Elts, Daniele Gatti, Manfred Honeck, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Juha Kangas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Okko Kamu, Arvid Jansons, Dmitri Kitaenko, Ken-Ishiro Kobayashi, Ervin Lukács, Nello Santi, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Ulf Schirmer, John Storgårds, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Muhai Tang and Hans Vonk. In addition, Lars Anders Tomter collaborates frequently with internationally renowned musicians in chamber music projects. Lars Anders Tomter is a regular guest at important festivals such as BBC Proms, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, Mondseetage, Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzingen, Styriarte, Verbier as well as at a number of festivals in Scandinavia. In addition, he is joint artistic director of the Norwegian Risør Chamber Music Festival. His large repertoire includes all major contemporary works, and he has recorded for Simax, Naxos, Virgin Classics, NMC, Somm and Chandos. Lars Anders Tomter is a Professor at the State Academy in Oslo, supervising a number of Norway's most talented string players. In 2013 he was appointed assistant professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy, Copenhagen. He plays a Gasparo da Salo viola dated from 1590.

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Festival Performances Year 2018

Kreisler: Toy Soldier`s March (1917)
Henning Kraggerud, violin & Ingrid Andsnes, piano

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2 op 15  (1914-17)
 Dover String Quartet

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Janacek: Violin Sonata (1914)
Henning Kraggerud, violin & Kirill Gerstein, piano

Ysaÿe: Trio for 2 violins & viola Le Londres (1915)
Henning Kraggerud, violin, Johan Dalene, violin & Lars Anders Tomter, viola

Scriabin: Vers la flamme op 72 (1914)
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (1914)
Akiko Suwanai, violin and Ingrid Andsnes, piano

Lili Boulanger: Cortege (1914); D’un matin de printemps (1917)
Guy Eshed, flute and Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Fauré: Une chateleaine en sa tour Op. 110 (1918)
Sivan Magen, harp

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro (1907)
Akiko Suwanai, violin, Johan Dalene, violin, Lars Anders Tomter, viola, Edgar Moreau, cello, Guy Eshed, flute, Fabio Di Càsola, clarinet and Sivan Magen, harp.

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Elgar: Piano Quintet Op. 84 (1918-1919)
Henning Kraggerud, violin, Akiko Suwanai, violin, Lars Anders Tomter, viola, Edgar Moreau, cello and Kirill Gerstein, piano

Danse sacrée et danse profane (1904)
Sivan Magen, harp, Dover String Quartet and Tim Gibbs, double bass

En blanc et noir (1915)
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano and Bertrand Chamayou, piano

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Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915)
Edgar Moreau, cello and Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1915)
Guy Eshed, flute, Lars Anders Tomter, viola and Sivan Magen, harp

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916 - 1917)
Akiko Suwanai, violin and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano