Ole Böhn

Fiolin, 3. periode
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In 1990 OLE BÖHN gave the world premiere of Elliott Carter's violin concerto with the San Fransisco Symphony Orchestra. He has performed this concerto, which was written for and dedicated to him, with the leading orchestras in Europe and the U.S.A. His recording of the concerto on Virgin Classics was nominated one of the best recordings in 1992 by the Gramophone. The Fanfare magazine wrote in July 1993: "This release is of Hall of Fame quality. Ole Böhn gives a heroic account of the soloist role. He has comfortably in his grasp all of the unwieldy intervals and expressive devices and makes the music sing". In 1994 this record won the prestigious "Grammy Award" in the category "Best contemporary composition" .

After his concert with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1993 the critic from The Plain Dealer wrote: Böhn made a tour de force of the solo part, playing with intrepid power, crispness of attack and sensuous detail". Describing the performance given by Ole Böhn in Carnegie Hall in 1992, David Schiff of The New York Times wrote: Ole Böhn projects every nuance like a great dramatic singer". After his New York recital in 1995, New York Times wrote: "Ole Böhn played throughout the evening with great authority and unflagging commitment".

Since his debut in 1969, Ole Böhn has performed regularly with orchestras in Europe, the U.S.A. and South America. In 1983 he toured the People's Republic of China. He has collaborated with conductors such as Moshe Atzmon, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Lukas Foss, Michael Giehlen, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, and Oliver Knussen. 

 Ole Böhn is professor of violin at the Sydney Conservatory of music since 2009. Several of his students are prize winners in national and international competitions. Ole Bohn is often invited as guest teacher at music institutions in Scandinavia, China, Brazil and USA. Prior to his position in Sydney he held the position of concertmaster of the Norwegian National Opera. He has previously held a similar position with the Copenhagen Symphony Orchestra, and worked for shorter periods as concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro del Fenice in Venice, Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, the Residentie Orchestra in Den Haag, The Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn and the Hamburg State Opera.

In addition to his busy life as a performing musician, Ole Böhn was artistic director of the Semaine Musicale des Portes du Soleil in France from 1997 to 1999 and is since 1999 artistic coordinator and curator of the summer concerts at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo. Ole Böhn was President of the National Federation of Norwegian Musical Artists for 25 years. He is a Commander of the Order of the Norwegian Artists'Association and an Honorary Member of the Danish Soloist Assocation. Ole Bohn was awarded by King Harald V the King’s Order of Merit Medal in Gold.

Ole Böhn uses a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1766 which was acquired for his use by Nordea Bank of Norway.