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Christian Grøvlen / piano

Christian Hundsnes Grøvlen, 27 and a native of Bergen, has played the piano since the age of 5 and is today regarded as one of Norways most prominent young and exciting artists. From the age of 15 studied with Professor Jiri Hlinka, and he still receives occasional lessons from him. Christian then entered the Norwegian Academy of Music where he studied with professor Håvard Gimse and professor Lars Anders Tomter. Christian graduated in 2015 when he made his debut in the University Aula in Oslo. He is currently based in Copenhagen where he is studying at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in the soloist program with professor Jens Elvekjær. Christian has also received artistic advice and instruction from Leif Ove Andsnes, Wolfgang Plagge and Ole Edvard Antonsen. In June 2016 he was awarded the Robert Levin Prize in Oslo. In 2017 he was given a two year grant for newly established artists by Arts Council Norway.

From his early teens he has appeared as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has played at several of the largest festivals in Norway, including Festspillene i Bergen, Oslo Kammermusikkfestival, Nordlysfestivalen, Festspillene i Elverum, Vinterfestspillene and played with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Allegria, Nordic Harmony and several other ensembles.  He has also been invited to the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen almost every year for recitals since his teens. 

Christian has worked with several great artist, such as Arve Tellefsen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Eldbjørg and Ragnhild Hemsing, Charlie Siem, Marianne Thorsen, Johannes Weisser, Eli Kristin Hanssveen, Knut Erik Sundquist among others. He has also worked regularly with Norwegian actor Minken Fosheim.   

As a performer he has been noted for his poetic, extroverted and virtuosic playing and his large repertoire . He has a strong passion for Baroque music, J. S Bach, Rameau and Couperin in particular. Highlights from his active repertoire also includes Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and the late romantic composers such as Sergei Rachmaninov and Leopold Godowsky, as well the music of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Alban Berg and Francis Poulenc. Grøvlen is also a composer. with his first commissioned work to be premiered in Aril 2017 by the Trondheim Soloists. His first album with keyboard works by Bach was recorded on the acclaimed Norwegian Label 2L and is expected to be released medio 2017.

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Fjord Classics Performances:

Tuesday 27th june (k1)
- Poet, take up your lute...

Sandefjord Church, 18:00

OLAV KIELLAND / NOCTURNE
KLAUS EGGE / FANTASY

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Tuesday 27th june (k2)  
- moonbeams

Sandar Church, 21:00

sTRAVINSKY / SUITE ITALIENNE (AFTER PULCINELLA)

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wednesday 28th June (k4)
- Tender & Savage

Sandefjord Church, 18:00

ALFRED JANSON / SENZA PEDALES/ NOVEMBER ´62

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thursday 29th June (k10)
- Transfigured

Sandar Church, 19:00

ALMA MAHLER / THREE SONGS

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THURSDAY 29TH JUNE (K11)
- THE END

Sandefjord Church, 22:00

SÆVERUD / KJEMPEVISESLÅTTEN

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friday 30th June (k12)
- Balkanised

Sandar Church, 15:00

BIBALO / FOUR BALKAN DANCES 
FRANZ LISZT / HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY NO. 8

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friday 30th June (k14)
- La Belle Époque

Sandar Church, 19:00

CHAUSSON / POEME

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SATURDAY 1ST JULY (K17)
- 1-2-3-4-5

Sandar Church, 18:00

DAVID POPPER / REQUIEM FOR THREE CELLOS & PIANO

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Saturday 1st July (k18)
- Passion Astray

Sandefjord Church, 21:00

KVANDAL / LEGEND FOR BASSOON & PIANO
BARTOK / SONATA FOR 2 PIANOS & PERCUSSION

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sunday 2nd July (k21)
- La Valse

Sandefjord Church, 18:30

RAVEL / LA VALSE

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