The picture above is from the Isnard/Cavaillé-Coll organ at St.Sulpice, Paris. In the spring of 1978 I was present at an organ presentation by the organist there at that time, Jean-Jaques Grunenwald. During my participating at the master-class of Olivier Latry (professor at the conservatory & oraniste titulaire de Notre Dame) held at Notre Dame de Paris in October 1997, I was again attending an organ demonstration at St. Sulpice given by Daniel Roth,the organist there at current time.
I never played there, but Cavaillé-Coll organs are a symbol of much of my organ repertory which embraces major works by the french romantic school e.g. Ch. M. Widor, César Franck, and especially Louis Vierne, by whom I have performed all 6 organ symfonies, and the 2nd Suite ( On August 13th 2006 I performed the 4th symph. at The National Shrine, Washington DC, where I played the first time in 1989). I have attended two Masterclasses by Olivier Latry as an active participant earlier, in Copenhagen. In the autumn of 1997, I was participating as an active student at Olivier Latry's Masterclass held at Notre Dame de Paris.
I am born in Broenneoysund, Norway. After having completed my college studies, I went to Denmark to study organ at the Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. After my graduation there I passed the admission test for the Soloist Class at the Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark and was awarded the Soloist Diploma in 1986 after a debut as organ recitalist preceding 3 years of studies with Domorganist Anders Riber.
As an organ recitalist I have been touring with major works from the organ litterature by e.g. Max Reger, Louis Vierne, Ch.M.Widor and, of course, J.S.Bach. In the autumn of 1989, for instance, I performed on the major organs in Washington D.C., i.e. at the E. Skinner organ (189 stops) of the Washington Cathedral and on the Moeller organs of The National City Christian Church and The National Shrine (listen to my recital Aug. 2006, Vierne's 4th, here). I am employed as an organist & choirmaster at Sthens Kirke, Helsingoer, Denmark, the city where the famous composer Dietrich Buxtehude came from. My secondary instrument is the piano (I studied piano playing with Peter Westenholz, Rodolfo Llambías and Ludmila Lysenko). During the first half of the year 2001 I've managed to get both a Steinway grand piano to my church and my home as well. Though as an free time pianist I find the Steinway pianos beeing a great inspiration to my professioal career as an organist. Both sound and touch are of unique qualities!
This picture is from our family property in Velfjord / Broennoey, Norway. The property, owned by my brothers and I, consists mostly of forests.
Click here to see a picture taken from house entrance