Tor Johan Bøen

Tor Johan Bøen Biography Tor Johan Bøen is relatively unique in the Norwegian music world thanks to his combination of being a highly qualified violinist as well as being a musicological authority in certain areas of string repertoire. At the age of 13, he won Norway’s Young Violinist Competition, and as a 17-year old he joined the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. After completing his degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music, he pursued his studies in the USA, where he completed his PhD in 2005.

 

Bøen has made his mark through his performance of pieces ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century on original instruments - not least with his ensemble Fragaria Vesca - as well as using a modern violin when playing in the Phoebus string trio or as leader in various European orchestras. His in-depth research on the music of Belgian Eugène Ysaÿe has resulted in recordings and comprehensive radio programmes.

 

In recent years, he has devoted much of his musicological and violin activities to a far-reaching study of manuscripts and scores from the middle generation of Norwegian composers, which over the course of the last 5 years has resulted in reinterpreted CD versions of Geirr Tveitt, Klaus Egge, Fartein Valen and David Monrad Johansen’s chamber music.

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