Bio text - English

Stein-Erik Olsen, was educated at the Bergen Conservatory of Music and the Norwegian State Academy of Music, his post-graduate teachers have included Alexandre Lagoya, at the Concervatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, and the Czech pianist Jiri Hlinka.

His international career began in 1974, when he represented Norway in the Expo Norr Festival in Sweden, since when he has been invited to many other international festivals and has toured extensively, giving concerts - including concerto performances (among these, of course the Concierto de Aranjuez), appearing on radio and television throughout Europe, Great Britain, India and Korea.

In 1986 his debut recital in the Wigmore Hall, London, was rewarded with undiluted praise from the critics and his recordings have been similarly well received. Stein-Erik Olsen has had works written for him by eminent contemporary composers; Those by Ketil Hvoslef, Olav Berg, John Duarte, Nikita Koshkin and Stepan Rak are featured in his recordings for Simax.

Following his London debut Music & Musicians magazine commented: "He is a master of his craft and a genuine artist " and writing of his first recording Alice Artzt (New York) wrote: "The world of music must welcome him with open arms". Following his last solo recording the American critic William Zagorski (Fanfare) wrote: "I would install him in the pantheon of guitar greats somewhere near Julian Bream."

Stein-Erik Olsen, now a truly international guitarist of distinction currently teaches (Professor) at the Grieg Academy, Department of Music, University of Bergen, returning full circle to his "Alma matar" to teach others who hope to follow in his footsteps.

Biografi - Norsk

Stein-Erik Olsen fikk sin grunnutdannelse ved Bergen Musikkonservatorium, han tok sin diplomeksamen ved Norges Musikkhøgskole I Oslo. Ved Concervatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris studerte han i to år hos den legendariske gitaristen Alexandre Lagoya.

Han debuterte i Universitetets Aula i Oslo I 1981 og hadde sin internasjonale debutkonsert i Wigmore Hall i London 1986 hvor han høstet stor applaus og anerkjennelse fra publikum såvel som internasjonale kritikere.

Han har markert seg som en av skandinavias ledende klassiske gitarister gjennom framføring og innspillinger av moderne gitar musikk. En rekke ledende gitarkomponister som John Duarte. Stepan Rak og Nikita Koshkin har tilegnet verk til ham. Han er kjent fra en rekke radio- og TV opptredener og har spilt inn 11 CD-er.

Han har vært solist med de fleste symfoniorkestre her hjemme og internasjonalt har han bl.a. vært solist med Philhaemonishes Orchester Frankfurt i Rodrigos kjente "Concierto de Aranjuez". Han har vært solist på en rekke internasjonale festivaler bl.a Festspillene i Bergen, Arve Tellefsens Kammermusikkfestival, Cesky Krumlov internasjonale musikkfestival 2002, Cannington Guitarfestival UK, The international Scottish guitar festival, Estergum guitar festival for å nevne noen.

Han har spilt konserter i England, Frankrike, Tyskland, Østerike, Sverige, Finland, Ungarn, Nederland, den Tjsekkiske republikk, Korea og India.

Han er professor i gitar ved Grieg Akademiet i Bergen.