Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2023

Marius Neset


Born in Bergen in 1985, the Norwegian saxophonist and composer Marius Neset studied at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, during the summer of 2002 before enrolling at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, in Copenhagen, from which he received an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Music in 2010. He has earned countless nominations and awards for his performances and recordings, including Spellemannprisen, in Norway, for the album Lion in 2014, and an ECHO award, in Germany, for the album Snowmelt in 2017.

He has performed with jazz musicians all over the world, including Django Bates and his bands StoRMChaser and Human Chain, JazzKamikaze, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, E.S.T. Symphony, Latvia Radio Big Band, Danish Radio Big Band, Arild Andersen, Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Ivo Neame, Jim Hart, Petter Eldh, Lionel Loueke, and Anton Eger, as well as his own band, often presenting his own works. He has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Molde International Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Bergen International Festival, Vossajazz, Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Blues Alley Jazz Club, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Wigmore Hall, and London Jazz Festival. His large discography includes nearly a dozen solo albums, and he is increasingly in demand as a composer of works for the concert hall; these range over a wide spectrum of performing forces, many featuring the saxophone in a soloistic function. He has appeared at the Kölner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Berliner Philharmonie, LSO St Luke’s, and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and performed with Oslo Sinfonietta, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Orchestre national de Belgique, Basel Sinfonietta, Norwegian Radio O:rchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and, most notably, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner. Marius Neset has also worked with classical musicians such as Andreas Brantelid, Ingrid Neset, Leif Ove Andsnes, Michala Petri, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Louisa Tuck, and the Vertavo String Quartet.

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Festival Performances Year 2023

Marius Neset: Morning Mist
Marius Neset (saxophone)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
Enrico Pace (piano)


Beethoven: Lieder
Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Beethoven: Fantasia for piano, Op.77
Enrico Pace (piano)

Beethoven: 7 Variations on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen', WoO 46
Tanja Tetzlaff (cello), Sveinung Bjelland (piano)

Marius Neset: Spring Dance
Ingrid Søfteland Neset (flute), Marius Neset (saxophone)

Marius Neset: A Day in the Sparrow's Life
Ingrid Søfteland Neset (flute), Marius Neset (saxophone), Sveinung Bjelland (piano)

Beethoven: Bagatelle in A-flat major, Op. 33, No. 7
Leif Ove Andsnes (fortepiano)

Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise"
Leif Ove Andsnes (fortepiano)

Ketil Hvoslef: String Quartet No. 3 (1998)
Quatuor van Kuijk

Beethoven: Sonata for piano and cello No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2
Christian Poltéra (cello), Enrico Pace (piano)

Beethoven: Folke Songs
Dorothea Röschmann (sopran0), Antje Weithaas (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)


Marius Neset: Who We Are (2020) commisioned by the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival
Ingrid Søfteland Neset (flute), Marius Neset (saxophone), Christian Poltéra (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Christian Poltéra (cello), Enrico Pace (piano)