Norwegian musician Anders Clemens Øien will play Spanish guitar music at the Cervantes Institute in London on 2 November.
Anders Clemens Øien was born into a family of artist and musicians in Oslo, Norway, in 1976. He began playing the guitar at the age of 12, and later studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Later studies in The Hague and Barcelona with Zoran Dukic, Sadahiro Otani and Alex Garrobé completed his musical education. The Norwegian government awarded him a grant for further studies, for which he received a degree with honours.
He has participated in many festivals and courses, and has taken classes with M. Barrueco, D. Russel, M. Socias and J. Williams, among others. Øien has given concerts in a number of European countries as well as in Brazil and Kazakhstan, and has performed at Norway’s major music festivals. He is an active chamber musician and collaborates regularly with singers, flautists and violinists.
He has won many prizes in international competitions and in 2003 he was the first Scandinavian to win first prize at the prestigious Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition in Granada. He has performed on television and radio in Brazil, Norway and Spain. In 2002 he was selected as one of four young Norwegian musicians to participate in a promotional programme for the Norwegian Concert Institute.
In 2003 he released his first CD, “Romanza”, featuring Romantic music by E. Grieg, F. Tárrega and M. Llobet, for which he received excellent reviews. Øien is often praised for his brilliant technique and exquisite musicality.
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