Øystein Baadsvik is the only tuba player to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, rather than becoming a member of an orchestra or accepting a teaching post. His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist has taken him all over the world. The unique virtuosity and musicality Mr. Baadsvik brings to the tuba has established him as the exemplar of the instrument. He studied under the celebrated tuba player Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, Indiana University and with the legendary Arnold Jacobs, who had a forty-year career and position of Principal Tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Øystein Baadsvik’s international career began in 1991 when he was awarded two prizes at the prestigious Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva. At this point he had developed an amazing virtuoso technique and was very well equipped musically, to step out on the world stage.
His international engagements include performances with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Musica Vitae (Swedish Chamber Orchestra), the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orchestra Victoria of Melbourne,Warsaw Philharmonic, Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, Gdansk Philharmonic,Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Philharmonic. He appears regularly at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. The Festival’s Honorary Patron, the world-renowned horn player Barry Tuckwell said: “Øystein Baadsvik, a great musician and a great performer, is the most remarkable tuba player I have ever heard.”
Øystein Baadsvik is well known for his master classes and tuba clinics which are frequently held in numerous leading universities throughout the United States including: The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Wisconsin. He works constantly to expand the musical aspects of the tuba, performing solo repertoire for tuba and orchestra, and collaborating with jazz and rock musicians. In all these genres, his guiding principle has been to communicate directly with his audience. His development of new tuba-playing techniques have been used in a number of more recent works for the instrument.
Øystein Baadsvik has premiered some 40 solo works by composers from the USA, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. He has added to the tuba literature with his own compositions and conducts many of his own orchestral concerts.
Mr. Baadsvik is an active recording artist whose CDs receive unstinting praise. The BBC is thrilled to have welcomed him as our Guest Soloist in our continuing Silver Celebration and a more recent performance on October 18, 2012.