Biography

Karl Espegard is a versatile classical violinist from Norway, currently working at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo. He is a member of the argentine tango ensemble Orquesta del Centenario, and performs frequently with renowned artists such as Hanne Tveter and Sverre Indris Joner.

Born in Drammen in 1983, Karl spent his formative years with Thode Fagelund, entering the Barratt Due Institute of Music at the age of thirteen. Among his teachers at the institute were Ole Bøhn, Morten Carlsen and Stephan Barratt Due. He further continued his studies with prof. Detlef Hahn at Hochshule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland, and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Karl has three times been awarded scholarship for the renowned summer course Margess International in Switzerland. He attended masterclasses given by Seppo Tukiainen (Finland), Piotr Janowski (Poland), Camilla Wicks (USA), Stephen Shipps (USA), Ilya Konovalov (Israel) and Thomas Füri (Switzerland). Karl has given solo recitals in Norway, Switzerland and Russia with pianist Ksenia Kogan. As a member of the Swiss Chamber Orchestra and Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, he has toured in Spain, England, Holland, Germany, Austria, England and China. In 2007 he went to Japan, playing at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo and performing at an installation in Harajuku with violinist Bjarne Magnus Jensen and avant-garde artist Hilde Aagaard.

Karl has performed at major norwegian festivals like Oslo Opera Festival, Kirsten Flagstad Festival, Olavsfestdagene and Oslo Sacred Music Festival. Although coming from a classical background, he has worked extensively with projects featuring tango and latin-american music. In December 2011 he gave a concert with the Ellayali ensemble in the desert of Sahara in Morocco, broadcasted live on Moroccan National Television.

In 2014 he appeared as a soloist with Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo, Perú, and performed at the Norwegian Embassy in Buenos Aires in the occasion of the Norwegian Constitutional Day. During July-August 2015 he went on a tour with Orquesta del Centenario to Argentina, France and Italy, presenting their first studio album Homenaje. He is currently playing in the musical Tenk om and the family show Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon (premiere in April 2016) at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo.

Updated February 2016.