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Oct. 7, 2004

Norwegian Tubist Baadsvik Visits UI Oct. 24-25 On 'Octubatour'

Tuba player Oystein Baadsvik and pianist Jorgen Larsen, guest artists from Norway who are visiting the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a recital of American and Norwegian music for tuba at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, is the main event of the UI's "Octubafest 2004," a series of events celebrating the tuba and tuba music. Also part of Octubafest, Baadsvik will give a master class with UI tuba students at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in the Choral Room, Room 1077, of the Voxman Music Building.

The Oct. 24 recital program consists of American and Norwegian music written or transcribed for tuba and piano. Baadsvik and Larsen will record the American portion of the program on the BIS label later this year.

Altogether, Baadsvik and Larsen will play six pieces on the Oct. 24 recital:

--Concerto by Arild Plau.
--Three Miniatures by Anthony Plog.
--"Effie Suite" by Alec Wilder.
--"Sultry and Eccentric" by James Grant.
--Leonard Bernstein's "Waltz for Mippy III."
--Three pieces by Edvard Grieg, transcribed for tuba and piano.

The visit to the UI is part of Baadsvik's "Octubatour" through the Midwestern United States. This tour, sponsored by the Miraphone company, includes stops at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., the University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, Texas Christian University and Tennessee Tech University.

The UI Octubafest is organized by John Manning, who joined the UI faculty in August. A founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Manning came to the UI from the University of Massachusetts.

Baadsvik started playing the tuba at the age of 15, and at 18, won First Prize in a Norwegian national competition for soloists. Within the space of two years, he had made his own programs for Norwegian Radio and had been a soloist with most of Norway's professional symphony orchestras.

His international career began with two prizes at the prestigious Concours International d'Execution Musicale (CIEM) in Geneva in 1991. Shortly after that he made his first solo CD, of which the American Record Guide commented, "This spectacular recording establishes Baadsvik as one of the best tuba soloists in the world."

A full-time tuba soloist, Baadsvik is in great demand as a performer and lecturer all over the world. In addition to performing solo repertoire for tuba and orchestra, he collaborates with jazz, rock and pop musicians. In all these genres, his desire to communicate with his audience has always been his guiding principle. As a result, he has developed new playing techniques that have been used in a number of more recent works for tuba. In 1999 he was granted a two-year scholarship by the Norwegian state for this work.

Baadsvik has premiered more than 30 solo works by composers from the United States, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. He also composes and conducts many of his own orchestral concerts.

His latest CD, 'Tuba Carnival' for tuba and strings, was released in 40 countries on the BIS label. Since the first edition of 1500 CDs was sold out in six days, Baadsvik has been offered an exclusive recording contract with BIS.

You can learn more about Baadsvik at his home page, .

Larsen was born in Trondheim, Norway, in 1958. After his debut in Oslo in 1979 he has given recitals throughout Norway and in London. He has performed frequently with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, and he has played with the other major Norwegian orchestras: the Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger Philharmonic Orchestras.

Larsen is much in demand as a chamber musician and accompanist. He is a member of the Trondheim Quartet, who recently issued a CD of Johannes Brahms' piano quartets.

His first solo CD contains sonatas by Alban Berg, Henri Dutilleux, Samuel Barber and the Norwegian composer Fartein Valen. He has also recorded a major work by a contemporary Norwegian composer, "24 preludes and fugues" by Frank Tveor Nordensten. Recently he made a recital CD recording with co-principal Horn-player with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kjell Erik Arnesen. Larsen has received several scholarships and awards, and he is assistant professor at the Music Conservatory of Trondheim.

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