Ole Edvard Antonsen is regarded as one of the leading trumpet soloists worldwide and one of the most important international stars of Norway.
His numerous concerts led him to the Carnegie Hall New York, Musikverein Wien, Berlin Philharmonie, Barbican Centre London, Suntory Hall Tokio and Sydney Opera. Moreover he played concert in stadiums like the Olympiahalle Munich.
His remarkable versatility as a musician brought him together with major orchestras but also with pop bands and jazz ensembles. Ole Edvard Antonsen has performed with orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Bremen Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Czech Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and many more.
He works with renowned conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano, Jiri Belohlavek, Philippe Herreweghe, Kristjan Järvi and Michael Schönwandt. Pop and rock musicians like John Miles, Level 42's Mark King, Lisa Stansfield, Ute Lemper and Secret Garden are amongst his collaborators as well as jazz ensembles like the Metropole Orchestra, Willem Breuker Kollektief and his own jazz ensembles.
Contemporary music builds a central point in his repertoire: Ole Edvard Antonsen played more than sixty world premiers with works especially written for him and composed in recent years a series which have been recorded on CD and performed under the title "Musical Landscapes".
He gave numerous recitals with the organist Wayne Marshall and Kåre Nordstoga as well as with the pianist Håvard Gimse in important music centres in Europe, Japan, USA, South America, Australia and at festivals such as Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, MDR Musiksommer, Flandern, King's Lynn, Istanbul, Oslo and Bergen.
Also as conductor he has gained outstanding reputation. Ole Edvard Antonsen leads regularly the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony Sao Paulo Symphony and the world orchestra "World of Winds". He has been appointed as Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of the The Royal Norwegian Airforce Band from 2006 to 2009, and has the same role for The Norwegian Wind Orchestra since 2010.
His remarkable engagement in classic and pop has been shown in more than 60 recordings in all genres for labels like EMI, Universal, BMG and BIS. His latest album "Furatus" features works for trumpet and piano by Edvard Grieg, Kosaku Yamada, Dmitri Shostakovich, Geirr Tveitt and Carl Nielsen for 2L Records Nordic Sound. In 2009 Ole Edvard Antonsen released a double Christmas album in Norway to huge critical acclaim and sold to platinum record.
Since 2016 Ole Edvard Antonsen is Artistic Director of the Festspillene i Elverum in Norway.
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Ole Edvard Antonsen performs Sir James MacMillans Epiclepsis at Edinburgh Festival on 19 August with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the composer of the trumpet concerto. The concert will be broadcasted on BBC 3 on 18 September, 19:30 (CET).
Ole Edvard Antonsen performs with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic two special concerts in Stockholm on 12 and 13 September featuring Herman Bellstedt's Napoli and La Luna.
The Norwegian star trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen performs within the opening concert of the Bodenseefestival with the SWR Symphony
Freiburg Haydn's trumpet concerto in Friedrichshafen on 23 April as well as two concerts in Munich on 24 April and Reutlingen on 25 April with the concertos by Alexander Arutjunjan and Haydn joined by the Württembergische Philharmonie.Read more
Ole Edvard Antonsen performs with the Bremen Philharmonic Alexander Arutjunjan’s Trumpet Concerto in three concerts in Bremen on 11, 12 and 13 January under Hans Graf.
Ole Edvard Antonsen performs with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin on 2 November the "Bridge" Trumpet Concerto No. 1 by Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson. The concert will be broadcasted on 4 November, 20:03 by Deutschlandradio Kultur.
The famous trumpet star had been on tour in June 2014 at festivals and Open air concerts in Trondheim, Harstad, Hardanger and Lofoten island performing his programme "Musical Landscapes" with his jazz band.
This was a truly transformative performance of James Mac Millan's Epiclepsis, featuring solo trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen. Arising out of a near-imperceptible orchestral haze, Antonsen’s interjecting flourishes entered tentatively, leading us with increasing urgency to that point of catharsis where he is joined by two other trumpets in a typically MacMillanesque romp, before subsiding into a magical moment (ultimately offstage) of quiet reflection.
The Scotsman, Ken Walton, 21.08.2017
Ole Edvard Antonsen’s interpretation of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Freiburg and Baden-Baden impressed with virtuoso cadenzas composed by K. Penderecki for Antonsen, and with a strong vitality.
Badische Zeitung, Sarah Röttner, 25.04.2016
Ole Edvard Antonsen imparted the slow movement with warm tone and lyrical play soulful expression. The cadences composed by K. Penderecki gave him an opportunity to demonstrate technical brilliance.
Schwäbische Zeitung, Werner M. Grimmel, 24.04.2016
In Alexander Arutjunjan’s Trumpet Concerto with Ole Edvard Antonsen and the Württembergische Philharmonie soft dreams emerge into a fiery dance (…).With majestic fanfare Antonsen opened the concerto to rush through the field afterwards by resilient sound step. Did you ever see a trumpet line so thin and pliable? Even dashing couriers of sound breathe ease and the sound sparkles out as from the inside.
Reutlinger General-Anzeiger, Armin Knauer, 27.04.2016
The tone of the most active, outstanding trumpeter Antonsen is clear and rich, the intervals come in soft approach and In the humorous Fanfare by Stanley Friedman the Norwegian shows brilliantly fabulous technical accomplishment which established his reputation.
Badische Zeitung, Susanne Ramm-Weber, 28.04.2016
The focus of the concert was on the Trumpet Concerto written by Alexander Arutjunjan in 1950, without doubt a showpiece for the Norwegian trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen. Sovereign and always with a perfect embouchure he gave every note and every motif a certain, carefully nuanced coloring of unexpected radiance. Prestigious beautiful was the extremely soulful played middle part in which a velvety soft, yet highly viable melody line was formed by muting the instrument.
Brass technique at its peaks Antonsen even showed in the encore, variations on “Funiculi, Funicula” whose countless runs he intoned in an almost absurd degree of pace, yet with pinpoint precision on the cornet.
Weser Kurier, Gerd Klingeberg, 12.01.2015
For a long time, it has been well-known that Ole Edvard Antonsen is one of our greatest virtuosos nowadays. He has the technical tools for this concert; so it is no effort but a pleasure for him to perform. That Antonsen is a on outstanding musician, having an impressive wide tonal range added by his numerous experiences in jazz, pop and rock, could be felt in his encore.
Kulturradio rbb, Andreas Göbel, 04.11.2014
What Norwegian trumpet player makes of the highly virtuoso up to cantabile concertos by Henri Tomasi, André Jolivet, Robert Planel and Alfred Desenclos is utterly inspiring. With a superior sense of style and unmistakable sense for musicality he combines classical and jazz elements with natural easiness. (BIS Records)
As a sovereign encounterer of all challenges, now many successful years residing on international stages, trumpeter king Ole Edvard Antonsen from Norway reaffirmed his reputation. Who entrusts himself to his master performances of “breathless” triple tonguing staccato perfection and all brass finesses of melodic, dynamic and colorful style variations, is fully compensated for the all too rare encounters with the presented works in regular concert business.
klassik-heute.de, Gerhard Pälzig, 25.07.2013
Star trumpet player Ole Edvard Antonsen performs James MacMillan's trumpet concerto Epiclesis stylish and implements the most complex rhythms and melodic turns. With his trumpet he plays bounds absolutely effortless.
Aftenposten Oslo, 08.02.2013
Edvard Grieg, Kosaku Yamada, Dmitry Shostakovich, Geirr Tveitt and Carl Nielsen
Wolfgang Plagge (piano)
Lindberg Lyd (2017)