Anne Britt Sævig Årdal

Cello Assistant Principal

− It gives me great pleasure to work almost every day with fantastic music written by geniuses.

Anne Britt Sævig Årdal

Anne Britt Sævig Årdal grew up in Bergen, where her father was the director of the city’s Music Conservatory - what is today called the Grieg Academy.

− My father was a violinist and a conductor, and my mother was a singer, she says.

− We lived in a house where music lessons, as well as choir- and orchestra rehearsals took place, so I had the chance to hear a lot of good music while I was growing up. My parents always encouraged me to play myself, too.

Studied with Rostropovich

Anne Britt later studied at Norges Musikkhøgskole, where Frans Helmerson was an important teacher:

− He made a big contribution to to my technical and musical development.

She also experienced lessons with the legendary Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, during a course in Switzerland and during a study period in the US.

− I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to go through Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with him − which was written for him. I later had the chance to perform it with the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons. This was one of my greatest experiences with the orchestra!

− Fantastic music written by geniuses

The cellist was engaged by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1980, and has been a soloist with the orchestra several times.

− It gives me great pleasure to work almost every day with fantastic music written by geniuses. The composers who are closest to me are Bach, Schubert and Brahms.

Some of her exceptional experiences as a musician have been while on tour with the orchestra:

− I remember especially well a concert in Leeds, where Mariss Jansons was conducting and we played a Bruckner symphony, which was completely magical. Besides this, it was a great experience to have had the opportunity to play Brahms’ Double Concerto both in Oslo and on tour to Spain with Stig Nilsson as co-soloist and Mariss Jansons conducting.

When she isn’t playing, Anne Britt enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going for walks and reading.