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Ole Edvard Antonsen


Born: April 25, 1962; Vang, Norway  
Ole Edvard Antonsen might have ended up a pianist rather than the renowned trumpeter that he became had it not been for the presence of a common childhood fear. He took up the piano when he was three years old. Two years later his family, who lived outside Oslo in Norway, decided to remove the instrument from its location on the main floor of their house and set it up in their basement. Like many children his age, Antonsen was terrified of the Read more dark and he refused to venture into the shadowy depths of the basement, not even for the opportunity to play the piano. Instead he rummaged through his father's things in search of another instrument and stumbled upon a trumpet. The boy picked up the new instrument then and there and within a week made decent progress. Before he turned seven, Antonsen played a solo for an audience that numbered 2,500. Unfortunately, he failed to wear a belt that evening. While he was on stage, the waistband of his too-large pants slid to his knees.

The trumpeter played that first memorable public solo with a dance band led by Odd Antonsen, his father, who had given him his first musical instruction. In addition to conducting a dance band, the elder Antonsen was a saxophonist and clarinetist who built a fine local reputation in the family's hometown of Hamar. With the strong musical influence in the family, Antonsen's father did not have to pressure him to spend endless hours in pursuit of perfection. If anything, the young musician found such pleasure in playing and practicing that, more often than not, his father had to shoo him outside to play with the neighborhood children.

Antonsen entered Oslo's Norwegian State Academy of Music when he was ten years old. In 1982 he graduated and became a member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he remained until going solo in 1989. He took top prizes at the CIEM and UNESCO competitions, the former in 1987 in Geneva and the latter two years later in Bratislava. His performances have included festivals and engagements with orchestras worldwide. Recitals have included partnerships with Wayne Marshall, Håvard Gimse, and Kåre Nordstoga. Composers have penned more than three dozen contemporary numbers for him.

Among the trumpeter's main influences are Harry Kvebaek, a trumpet instructor who taught Antonsen and his brother at Oslo's Musikhochschule. At the age of 13, three years after meeting Kvebaek, Antonsen soloed with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. A year later, however, the young musician had to give up his trumpet for 18 months to allow recovery from surgery on his lips. Other inspirations include jazz trumpeters Maynard Ferguson, Chet Baker, and Clark Terry, and classical trumpeter Maurice André.

Antonsen has put out a number of recordings through EMI Classics, including a 1998 collaboration with conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch titled Twentieth Century Trumpet. Also in 1998, the label released Read My Lips, a pop-oriented album. Two years later Antonsen put out New Sound of Baroque, which features the Trondheim Soloists. Read less
Browse 1-16 of 16 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    French Trumpet Concertos / Ole Edvard Antonsen, Lan Shui, Sao Paulo Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1778 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Tomasi,  André Jolivet,  Robert Planel,  Alfred Desenclos
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen
    Conductor:  Lan Shui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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    The Best Wedding Music Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04106 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Frederic Bayco,  Ian Tracey,  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott,  Eric Ericson,  Fritz Lehani,  George Fischer  ... 
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  • 4.
    Essential Brass - Trumpet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94896 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Maurice André,  Angela East,  Crispian Steele-Perkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Richard Hickox,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 5.
    Best Wedding 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48501 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Richard Wagner,  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Norwegian Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Jane Parker-Smith,  Frederic Bayco,  Ole Edvard Antonsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery,  David Munrow  ... 
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  • 6.
    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 8.
    Gregson: Trumpet Concerto, Saxophone Concerto, Etc / Antonsen, Sugawa
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10478 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Gregson
    Performer:  Nobuya Sugawa,  Nelson Goerner,  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Paul Turner
    Conductor:  Clark Rundell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Nordic Trumpet Concertos - Wessman, Etc / Antonsen, Lindberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1548 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harri Wessman,  Britta Byström,  Alfred Janson,  Christian Lindberg
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen
    Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nordic Chamber Orchestra
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    Circles - Schmidt, Norgård, Sorensen, Et Al / Thaarup, Et Al
    Label: Dacapo Open Space   Catalog: 8226517 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ole Schmidt
    Performer:  Kasper Thaarup,  Ole Edvard Antonsen
    Conductor:  Giordano Bellincampi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
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  • 11.
    Golden Age Of The Cornet / Ole Edvard Antonsen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1598 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ole Borneman Bull,  Oscar Borg,  Theodor Hoch,  Carl Höhne  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen
    Conductor:  Ingar Bergby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Norwegian Navy Band
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    Christian Lindberg - A Composer's Portrait / Bezaly, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1428 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Lindberg
    Performer:  Christian Lindberg,  Sharon Bezaly,  Ole Edvard Antonsen
    Conductor:  Christian Lindberg,  Robert Sund,  Christian Mandeal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Chamber Orchestra,  Stockholm Chamber Brass  ... 
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  • 13.
    Ars Nova - The Medieval Inspiration / Plagge, Kringelborn, Antonsen
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Plagge
    Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn,  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Plagge
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  • 14.
    Trumpet Concertos / Ole Edvard Antonsen
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 54897 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Johann Neruda,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Ole Edvard Antonsen, Einar Henning Smebye
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1041 Release Date: 05/01/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude René G. Pascal,  Heinrich Sutermeister,  Marcel Bitsch,  Charles Cushing  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Einar Henning Smebye
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