Brynjar Kolbergsrud

Trumpet Principal

− Sometimes you are swept away, and that is fantastic. Other times it might just turn out to be a relaxing time with great music. That's also good. Even being provoked can be fun −​ at least in hindsight. So, my advice is to be open to everything!

Brynjar Kolbergsrud
  • Member since: 2014
  • Born: 1975
  • Education: Studied with Arnulf Naur Nilsen, including studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Studied at Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Brynjar Kolbergsrud grew up with a mother who was (and still is) a piano teacher and choir conductor, and a lot of music at home. Playing an instrument himself seemed natural, and he received much encouragement along the way.

− Those who had the greatest influence on me are my mother, who is a thorough piano teacher, my incredibly inspiring school band conductor Heidi Hesselberg Løken, and not least, my long-standing trumpet teacher, former Co-Principal Trumpeter in the Oslo Philharmonic Arnulf Naur Nilsen, he says.

He was engaged as Co-Principal Trumpeter himself by the orchestra in 2014, and feels he got off to a great start with the tour to Helsinki and Japan in the spring of the same year:

− Both the concerts here in Oslo, in Helsinki and in Japan were fantastic. Since then I have had a lot of good experiences; the two concerts with Prokofiev´s Romeo and Juliet in October 2015 were a lot of fun. Getting rewarded for hard and thorough work in the form of successful concerts every week makes me happy.

− Even being provoked can be fun

Brynjar has an appreciation for many different composers and types of work.

− As a trumpet player it´s interesting to work with composers who use the trumpet in many different ways and offer us a wide range of expression. Mahler is such a composer, but there are many more, both from recent times and from earlier days.

He doesn´t want to offer any advice on how one should prepare oneself for a concert, but points out that a good concert experience can be so many things:

− Sometimes you are swept away, and that is fantastic. Other times it might just turn out to be a relaxing time with great music. That´s also good. Even being provoked can be fun − at least in hindsight. So, my advice is to be open to everything!

When he isn´t playing, Brynjar enjoys being in the mountains.