Arve Tellefsen is one of the most highly regarded violinists in Europe and performs with leading orchestras across the globe.

"In fact, there were times when he made the Shostakovich a bigger, more cohesive work even than did his dedicatee, David Oistrakh". (The Daily Telegraph, London)

In the UK Arve Tellefsen has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Hallé, BBC Scottish, BBC Welsh, the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish orchestras.

In February 1997 he premiered the Violin Concerto dedicated to him by Arne Nordheim, Norway's foremost contemporary composer, with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Tellefsen has taken part in festivals all over the world, including Schleswig-Holstein, Bath Festival, Gidon Kremer's Festival in Lockenhaus, Barbara Hendrick's Festival in Montreaux and the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades.

He has recently signed a contract with Sony Classical.


Øyvind Kåre Pettersen graduated with a degree in organ and church music from the Trondheim Conservatory in 1985. He regularly deputises as cathedral organist at the Nidaros Cathedral, and has accompanied the choir on tours in Scandinavia, England and the United States.