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Lars Anders Tomter

(Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo)

Lars Anders Tomter is one of today’s most outstanding violists. 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. In 2015 he recorded Poul Ruders’ Viola Concerto with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and in 2017 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 worldwide, performing with orchestras such as BBC Symphony, RSO Frankfurt, Czech Philharmonic, among other and conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sylvain Cambreling or Krzysztof Penderecki. Mr. 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, Schleswig-Holstein,and Verbier. He founded the Risør Chamber Music Festival which he directed until 2016. He is now directing the Fjord Classics festival.

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  professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy, Copenhagen. He plays a Gasparo da Salo viola dated from 1590.