Arve Tellefsen - Violin

Arve Tellefsen
began playing the violin at six at the Trondheim Music School. After studying with Professor Henry Holt at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and with Professor Ivan Galamian in New York he had a successful debut in London and rapidly created an international career. Since then he has won many prizes, toured all over the world, and played with major orchestras and at well-known international festivals, among others Gidon Kremer's festival in Lockenhaus.

During the 1970s he had a period as leader of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sergio Celibidache, and later of the Wiener Symphony Orchestra under Carlo Maria Giulini. He has been a central force in Norwegian music for the last 50 years and has premiered a long line of new Norwegian compositions.

In 1989 he founded the Oslo Chamber Music Festival. The festival has established itself as an important meeting place for both top international artists and young Norwegian musicians.