ARVID ENGEGÅRD - VIOLIN
Arvid Engegård was born in Bodø, Norway, in 1963. At age eleven he led his first string quartet in concerts throughout Norway. After receiving a degree in violin from Trondheim Conservatory of Music at age sixteen, he continued his studies at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He later studied with Sándor Végh in Salzburg, Austria, and was invited to lead Camerata Academica, a position he held for eight years. In 1991 Engegård was asked to lead the Orlando Quartet in Amsterdam.
As violinist and chamber musician, Engegård has performed at many of Europe’s most prestigious festivals, including the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Salzburg Festival, Musiktage Mondsee, and the Mozarteum Foundation’s Mozart Week. Engegård’s career as conductor has steadily advanced since 1999, working with orchestras in Norway and abroad. He has previously released two recordings as conductor on the LAWO Classics label: "W.A. Mozart" (LWC1071) – a recording of Concertos K. 299 and K. 297B – with the Oslo Philharmonic, and "Mozart, Hvoslef Sæverud" (LWC1100) with oboist David Friedemann Strunck and the Oslo Philharmonic. In 2015 he released "Duo Brilliante" (LWC1080) as violinist, with double bassist Knut Erik Sundquist and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Arvid Engegård is artistic director of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival. In 2000 he received the 'Nordlys Prize' at the Northern Lights Festival in Tromsø, Norway. In 2006 he founded the Engegård Quartet, which performs throughout Europe and is one of Scandinavia’s most soughtafter chamber music ensembles.
NILS ANDERS MORTENSEN - PIANO
Nils Anders Mortensen was born in Flekkefjord in 1971. He began playing piano at age three, and in 1986 he won the Norwegian Young Pianist Competition. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, École Normale in Paris, and Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. Other important teachers have been Tatjana Nikolajeva and Hans Leygraf.
In 1996 Nils Anders Mortensen was the recipient of the prestigious Concerts Norway ‘Debutant of the Year’ award. He has won international prizes and grants. In 1998 he won the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg. In 2004 Mortensen received the Robert Levin Memorial Prize.
Mortensen has appeared as soloist with Norway’s leading orchestras. He recorded piano concertos of Geirr Tveitt with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. His first solo album "Im Freien" (LWC1032), featuring music of Debussy, Grieg, and Bartok, was released in 2012 to glowing reviews. In 2015 Mortensen released the solo recording "In finstrer Mitternacht" (LWC1084), featuring music of Brahms, and "Tundra" (LWC1092), a recording of Russian music, with double bassist Knut Erik Sundquist. He has also released five recordings with mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland on the LAWO Classics label: "Früh" (LWC1033), "Sæle jolekveld" (LWC1040), "Grieg" (LWC1059), "Young Elling" (LWC1072), and "The New Song" (LWC1097).