The Norwegian conductor Vegard Nilsen was born in Gjøvik, Norway in 1966.
In May 2013 Vegard made his debut as an orchestra conductor with Gjøvik Symphony Orchestra, where he replaced at a very short notice. Apart from being immediately reengaged. this led to several engagements in Norway and in Belgium, a.o. Gjøvik Symphony Orchestra, Olso Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Innlandet in Norway and Metamorphoses Chamber Orchestra in Belgium. His performance of Carmina Burana in Gjøvik in October 2014 was higly acclaimed.
Apart from a vast knowledge of the standard repertoire Vegard has been specializing in the Nordic Symphonic repertoire including the complete orchestra works by Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Grieg and Gade.
Vegard made a very successful debut as an opera conductor in January 2016 with his own opera company Opera Opus. With his concept company OPUS he is building up pools of musicians in several European countries and will be one of the partners in two European projects for the period 2018-2020, European Music Trails in Leipzig and MUSI ́CASE based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
In august 2017 Vegard made a great success conducting Turandot at the Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, and Il Barbiere di Seviglia with his own Opera opus and Sinfonietta Innlandet in Norway.
Future plans include opera projects with Musik i Syd (Sweden) and symphony projects with Madeira Symphony Orchestra (Portugal) and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
He started out as a violinist and studied violin with prof. Arve Tellefsen at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and with Viktor Liberman and Lex Korff de Gidts at the Utrecht Conservatory where he graduated cum laude.
Between 1995 and 2013 he was a professor of violin and chamber music at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium. Being an accomplished pedagogue he gave master classes in Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Spain. A passionate chamber musician he built up an international reputation as a violinist of The Atlantic Trio and with the Metamorphoses String Ensemble.
His work as an organizer of Gjøvik Chamber Music Festival and international master classes in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Romania and France has been widely recognized.
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