Per Hannisdal

Bassoon Principal

− The finest moments for me as a musician are when the ensemble playing and the contact between my fellow musicians are working well, and one is able to communicate music in a vibrant way.

Per Hannisdal

Bassoon player Per Hannisdal grew up in Sandefjord, in a big family with a lot of music being played at home.

− Both my parents played the piano and sang in a choir, he says.

− Four out of five children in the family became musicians, and I was also inspired to choose music.

Two of his predecessors in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra were important bassoon teachers for him: Arnulf Brachel and Torleiv Nedberg.

− I have had some fantastic and instructive years

Per was engaged as Principal bassoon player in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra when he was twenty, in 1978, and has since been a soloist with the orchestra several times, in bassoon concertos by Mozart, Weber and Vivaldi, among others.

− I have had some fantastic and instructive years in the orchestra, with so many great colleagues I have learned so much from! Playing chamber music has also been inspiring, and so has being a soloist from time to time.

In 2012 he released the CD The Lyrical Bassoon with highlights from the bassoon repertoire, with the pianist Vebjørn Anvik. He very much enjoys Baroque music and plays the Baroque bassoon in various early music ensembles.

− The finest moments for me as a musician are when the ensemble playing and the contact between my fellow musicians are working well, and one is able to communicate music in a vibrant way, he says.

When he isn´t playing, the bassoonist cultivates a rich variety of interests:

− In my free time I enjoy skiing, boating, cycling, outdoor life, reading books and being with my family.