Lars Lien — Saxophone
Lars Lien is a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music where he studied with Harald Bergersen. He has been active with several ensembles such as Saxofon Concentus, Affinis Ensemble, and the Oslo Sinfonietta and has performed as soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic, Oslo Sinfonietta, BIT20 Ensemble, and the Arctic Philharmonic, among others. Lien is the founder of the saxophone quartet NoXaS, which recently released a new CD recording. He has twice been named “Performer of the Year” by the Norwegian Society of Composers, once with Saxofon Concentus, and again with Affinis Ensemble. He has participated in a number of CD recordings with various chamber ensembles such as Saxofon Concentus, NoXaS saxophone quartet, Affinis Ensemble, Asamisimasa, BIT20 Ensemble, and Oslo Sinfonietta. His recording Phonetix was released on the LAWO Classics label in 2016. Lien has performed concerts and held masterclasses in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, USA, and in all of the Nordic countries. Dedicated to the development of new works for saxophone in various constellations, he has collaborated with a great number of Norwegian composers throughout his musical career. Lien is Associate Professor of Classical Saxophone at the Academy of Music, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway.
Sergej Osadchuk — Piano
Sergej Osadchuk studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Pavel Messner (student and assistant to Emil Gilels) and has thus continued the long-established Russian piano tradition. He has had an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist, and has been a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Radio Orchestra, Jönköping Symphony Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, and Oslo Camerata, among others. He combines his concert career with teaching and has given masterclasses in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and Russia. Osadchuk has released a number of CD recordings in collaboration with various artists including Morten Carlsen (viola) and Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo-soprano). Osadchuk is Professor of Piano at the Academy of Music, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway.