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Geir Botnen

  • Pianist

Biography

Geir Botnen has been a soloist with a number of symphony orchestras both in Norway and in the USA, playing underwell-acclaimed Maestros like Alan Gilbert,Arvid Jansons, Dmitri Kitayenko and Edward Serov. 2004/2005 Season include a concert tour of China, and performing Grieg Piano Concerto with Sofia Philharmonic. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician he has concertized in the UK, USA,Canada, China, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

In 1993Botnen was chosen to perform at theofficialopeningoftheEdvard GriegBicentennialAnniversary in Norwayand on a tour of Asian capitals. Botnenis a regular guest at the Bergen International Festival and has performed at festivals in Norway and abroad, like Risør Chamber Music Fest, St. Magnus Festival Orkney Islands and others. Botnen has been pivotal in the founding andof the artistic programming of the annual Norwegian "Hardingtonar" Festival, focusing on themusic of composer Geirr Tveitt (1908-1981).

Botnen,a direct decendant of famous fiddle makers Isak and Trond Botnen, early aquiered an interestin Geirr Tveitt's music. His recordings of Tveitt's "Fifty Folk Tunes from Hardanger" as well as other piano-works, hasbeen exceptionally well received by critics. His CD recordings includeworks by Tveitt, Griegand chamber music. Botnen'sreadingsofTveitt's 5. PianoconcertowithBergen Philharmonic Orchestra / D. Kitayenko and St.Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra / E.Serow received standing ovationsandsuperbreviews. His discography include a number of critical acclaimed CDs with music by his countrymen Grieg and Tveitt.