Lars Anders Tomter is one of today’s most outstanding violists. The Giant of the Nordic Viola (The Strad) was born at Hamar, Norway. He began to play the violin at the age of eight and also took up the viola. Both instruments he studied with Professor Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian State Academy. He then continued his studies with Professor Max Rostal and with Sándor Vegh. He was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók’s Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984 and then went on to win the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986.
Lars Anders Tomter’s international solo career started in 1987/88 when he toured extensively in the United States and Germany with the prestigious Norwegian Chamber Orchestra under its director Iona Brown. Since then his appearances as a viola soloist has been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States, from the Vienna Musikverein to major venues in Scandinavia, Madrid, Budapest, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Paris, Prague, Rome, London, New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
Lars Anders Tomter has performed with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Hungarian State Philharmonic, KBS Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Danish National Radio and Swedish Radio Symphonies.
Conductors with whom he has worked together include among others Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dennis Russell Davies, Daniele Gatti, Manfred Honeck, Arvid Jansons, Okko Kamu, Dmitri Kitaenko, Ken Ichiro Kobayashi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ulf Schirmer, Muhai Tang, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Hans Vonk. Lars Anders Tomter is a regular guest at important festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, BBC Proms, Mondseetage, styriarte as well as at a number of festivals in Scandinavia. In addition, he is artistic director of the Norwegian Risør Chamber Music Festival. He has a large repertoire including all major contemporary works, and he has recorded for Simax, Naxos, Virgin Classics, NMC, Somm and Chandos. Lars Anders Tomter is a Professor at the State Academy in Oslo, supervising a number of Norway’s most talented string players. He plays a Gasparo da Salo viola dated from 1590.