JONAS BÅTSTRAND - violinist

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Biography

Jonas Båtstrand was born in 1973 in Oslo. He has studied at both the Norwegian Academy of Music and Barratt-Dues Music Academy in Oslo as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He continued his studies in the United States with Professor Camilla Wicks and in Germany with Professor Zakhar Bron. He has also been chosen to perform at masterclasses with such legends as Yehudi Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci.

During his studies, Båtstrand won a number of prizes, both national and international, including the Sparre Olsen competition and three-time prize winner at the Youth Strings Competition. This has resulted in solo performances in Norway and abroad as well as several radio and television appearances, performing with among others Truls Mørk, Håvard Gimse, Vebjørn Anvik, Alexander Markovich, Niklas Sivelöv, Håkon Austbø, Wolfgang Plagge and the Oslo String Quartet.

In addition to his performing career, Båtstrand has been an active teacher in Sweden and New Zealand, and has worked at the University College in Agder in Norway. He is also a founder and the artistic leader of the festival Summer Classical Concert Series in Tønsberg and leader of the Amano String Quartet.

As a soloist, he has worked with such conductors as Kristjan Järvi, Paul Watson, Leon Spierer, Terje Boye Hansen, Terje Mikkelsen, Andrea Quinn, Staffan Larson and Hans Ek. He has also been a soloist and leader of several ensembles, including Camerata Roman, The Trondheim Soloists, The Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra, Risør Festival Strings, The Norrlands Opera Symphony Orchestra, The Tønsberg Chamber Orchestra, The Kristiansand Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra at the University College in Agder in Norway.

Båtstrand has been invited to a variety of festivals including the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and Gidon Kremers festival in Lockenhaus, as well as festivals in Bergen, Stavanger, Oslo, Risør, Båstad and Umeå. He has been employed as Concertmaster with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, and is presently employed as Concertmaster with the Norrlands Opera Symphony Orchestra. He has also been invited to work as Concertmaster with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nordica, Oslo Camerata and the Norwegian Opera Orchestra.

As Concertmaster with the Norrlands Opera he has been leader of the orchestra during several CD recordings. This includes, among others, Grammis winner Lycksalighetens Ø by Hilding Rosenberg (Suecia Records) and the Atterberg Cello Concerto and Brahms Sextet (BIS), both under the direction of Kristian Järvi.

Together with the pianist Niklas Sivelöv, Båtstrand will be recording the three Grieg Sonatas for the swedish recording company «Intim-Musik» during the Spring 2008.

Violin

Båtstrand is playing a Camillo Camilli dated 1740, a violin owned by the Sparebankstiftelsen in Norrland, Sweden.