Terje Tønnesen, was born in Oslo, Norway in 1955. He made his debut as a 17-year-old and the Norwegian press described it as ”so dazzling that it was almost unparalleled”. After studying with Max Rostal in Switzerland, he returned to Norway and founded the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He is the music director of the orchestra and today it is one of the foremost string orchestras in the world. They have made a number of recordings and appeared with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, James Galway and Maurice André. Terje Tønnesen was awarded the Grieg Prize and the Critics’ Prize in Norway and has won international competitions. His recordings have received a lot of praise from the international press. He has been described as one of the most creative people in Norwegian music and he is always ready to try new challenges. He has recently made a recording with the jazz guitarist Terje Rypdal for the recording company ECM. Terje Tønnesen is also the first concert master of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.