Born in Norway, Thor-Harald Johnsen lives both in Norway and Germany, where he completed his studies under Rolf Lislevand at the State Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen in 2006. During his studies he dedicated himself above all to the repertoire for Baroque lute and Baroque guitar, and in 2007 he was awarded an Art Grant by RWE for his intensive studies of German Lute Music of the 17th century. Since graduation he has intensified his chamber music activities. The innovative, idiomatic and fantastical repertoire for Baroque guitar and theorbo from the 17th century has led and motivated him to experiment with the structures and the multifaceted sonorous possibilities of a group of accompanying Baroque instruments.
In recent years he has played concerts with Rolf Lislevand, Jordi Savall, Maurice Steger, Anton Steck, Ophelie Galliard, Lorenz Duftschmid, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Armonico Tributo Austria, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, etc. This collaboration with many different musicians has included CD productions with ECM, Astrée Naïve, Harmonia Mundi and Ambroisie, among others.
Translated from the German by Lucy Hallman Russell and Ray Carson Russell.
Friday, 10.05.2019, 8 p.m., Notre Dame: Opening Concert