Biography

Karl Espegard is a violinist from Drammen, Norway. He is a founding member of the critically acclaimed tango band El Muro Tango, with whom he made his debut at The Royal Concertgebouw in August 2019. The band has toured extensively in Europe and South America and released their debut album Nostálgico in 2018 to great reviews in the international press.

Karl regularly works with Norway’s most prominent theaters such as The Norwegian Theater, The National Theatre in Oslo, and Chat Noir. He has collaborated with celebrated artists and ensembles like Ylvis, Alexander Rybak, Herborg Kråkevik, Hanne Tveter, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Norwegian Chamber Opera, and Swiss Chamber Orchestra.

Karl has appeared at many international festivals, including Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Innsbruck Tango Festival, Zurich Tango Festival, Les Nuits d’Été (Savoie), Olavsfestdagene (Trondheim), Oslo Opera Festival, and Grieg in Bergen. As a chamber musician, he has performed at venues such as Usina del Arte (Buenos Aires), Moscow International House of Music, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and Philharmonie im Gasteig (Munich). 

Karl started taking violin lessons with Thode Fagelund in Drammen from the age of eight and continued his studies with Ole Bøhn, Morten Carlsen, and Stephan Barratt Due at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. He graduated from Hochschule der Künste Bern and the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2007 with professor Detlef Hahn.

Karl Espegard performs on a violin by Tetsuo Matsuda from 2003.