Audun Sandvik is the principal cellist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.  His exceptional versatility is evidence of an intense interest in communication through music at all levels, proof of this is mirrored in his popularity on the Norwegian freelance scene.

His career as soloist and chamber music performer includes among others soloist-appearances with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgarter Chamber Orchestra and the  professional Naval Orchestra, Sweden. With his duopartner, pianist Sveinung Bjelland he has toured all over Norway with perfomances at the major Norwegian Music Festivals.  They are also regular guest artist at the Maputo International Music Festival, Mosambique.  For Concerts of Norway (Rikskonsertene) he has been touring in India and China. Then for many years being a member of Risør Festival strings , he has collaborated with global stars like Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Leif Ove Andsnes, Torleif Thedeen og Heinrich Schiff.  Sandvik is  the motive force, orchestra leader and artistic advisor for the Gloppen Music Festival that takes place each year in Sandane, Norway.  He is a wellknown face in classical music programs on Norwegian TV both as solist and chamber-musician.  Sandvik is in close contact with the new generation of Norwegian composers, and he is currently in the process of commissioning, performing and recording  the new exciting cello repertoire.

Sandvik is a devoted pedagogue, and teaches at the Norwegian State Academy of music, where besides teaching one of his most important duties is to be Study Contact for the string students, and member of juries.

Sandvik has participated in numerous seminars with among others Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Erling Bløndal-Bengtson, Jeroen Reuling, Ralph Kirshbaum, Leonard Stehn and Eleonora Testeleca.

He has received many awards and lately was given the prestigious prize “De Unges Lindemans Legat”

Future projects includes the recording of Sergei Rachmaninoff : Sonate for cello og klaver,  g-moll op. 19  and Dmitri Sjostakovitsj :  Sonate for cello og klaver, d-moll op 40  (LAWO)

He plays on a cello made in Rome 1695 by Giorgio Taninger.

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 ...while Audun Sandvik's cello on "Almost" adds a unique resonance that lends the song a cinematic quality.

 

Beady Belle