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Arve Tellefsen (b1936)

One of only a handful of internationally-acclaimed artists from Norway, Arve Tellefsen stands in the company of Ole Bull, Camilla Wicks (whose father was Norwegian) and, more recently, Henning Kraggerud as an ambassador for Norwegian violin playing and the music of Scandinavian composers. To this end he performs in the all-Norwegian Grieg Festival Piano Quartet with violist Lars Anders Tomter and cellist Truls Mørk.

Tellefsen’s musical aptitude was noticed by his parents when, aged four, he started playing a harmonica. At six he attended Trondheim’s School of Music, learning violin with Arne Stoltenberg, and at ten he was playing with the local university orchestra. Henry Holst taught him at the Royal Danish Conservatory whence he graduated with full marks. Further studies ensued with Galamian and, finally, Szigeti.




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