Eirik Sørensen

Viola

− The Oslo Philharmonic has an exceptionally good working environment with dedicated, hardworking colleagues. My group, the viola group, has a strong work ethic and a fantastic sound, and it’s a privilege to be part of it. I’m very happy to go to work!

Eirik Sørensen

Eirik Sørensen was born in Husøy at Senja and grew up in Hamarøy and Løten. In the early part of his childhood there was little music in his home.

− There weren’t any concerts to go to where we lived, but my father had heard the Oslo Philharmonic from a standing place in the University Aula in the early 1950s, when he was a student. When he turned 40 and was due a major present, we voted on whether he should receive an electric drill or a gramophone. We only had money for one of them, and the gramophone won with five votes against one.

Following this, they bought a grey Philips record player with speakers in the lid.

− The music-interested salesperson persuaded us to buy some records too; Haydn symphonies with Willem van Otterloo, Tibor Vargas’ recording of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, Dvorak’s From the New World, and Fritz Reiner’s recording of highlights from Der Rosenkavalier. These were duly played almost continuously. That’s how classical music came into our family, and the fantastic sound of the orchestra into my head. Since then, I haven’t been able to get it out again.

− The viola group has a strong work ethic and a fantastic sound

Eirik’s most important teachers on his way to becoming a musician were Otto Berg in Oslo and Jørg-Wolfgang Jahn in Karlsruhe, Germany. After a year with the Norwegian Opera Orchestra he joined the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, in 1988.

− The Oslo Philharmonic has an exceptionally good working environment with dedicated, hardworking colleagues. My group, the viola group, has a strong work ethic and a fantastic sound, and it’s a privilege to be part of it. I’m very happy to go to work!

Eirik is fond of Beethoven’s symphonies, but his favourite symphony is Bruckner’s Seventh. In his experience, music is easier to take in if you hear a work several times:

− For example, the expression of new music is not always so easy to relate to, but it becomes easier when one takes the time to get used to its musical language. Expanding one’s musical listening repertoire is a good tactic if you want to gain more great experiences as a member of the audience.