Torun Stavseng is a Norwegian cellist interested in a wide span of music and active as a soloist, chamber musician and principal cellist of Aurora Orchestra.
In 2010 she was awarded the Swedish Royal Academy of Music honorary prize performing Britten ́s Cello Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year she was awarded the Young Swedish soloist prize and offered the principal cellist position of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra where she worked until 2012. Other soloist appearances include Oslo Philharmonic orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Camerata. Torun has performed at festivals such as Risor Chamber Music Festival, Ohai Music Festival, Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, Festspillene i Elverum and Festspillene i Hardanger. Other prizes and awards include RWE Dea Kulturpreis, Oslo Camerata soloist competition, KMA Jernaaker stipend and Fegersten artist prize.
Together with violinist Liv Hilde Klokk and violist Ida Bryhn they form TrioTaus. As diverse chamber players and soloists, the trio programmes core classical and romantic trio repertoire with an inventive approach. In 2017 they release their debut album with music by Mozart and Schubert on 2L Lyd.
In 2008 Torun established her duo partnership with Swedish pianist Anna Christensson with whom she has since performed extensively across Scandinavia and Europe. Alongside performing the core repertoire for cello and piano, they have great emphasis on creating new works for the duo.
In 2012, alongside London-based cellists/composers Gregor Riddell and Colin Alexander, Torun formed Tre Voci, which explores music ranging from transcriptions of renaissance choral works to new commissions. In January 2014 the ensemble launched its debut album at Kings Place Out Hear Series and performed across the UK and Scandinavia. All members of Tre Voci are also active improvisers.
Torun has since 2013 been a member of the Oslo based contemporary music ensemble Cikada and Cicada String Quartet, with performances including Ultima Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Tage für Neue Musik Weingarten, Klangspuren Schwaz and Eclat Stuttgart.
Torun is founder and creative director of KRANTZ, a new chamber music series in Oslo taking place at Nynorskens Hus. It’s co-founded with pianist Mathias Halvorsen. With KRANTZ they aim to create an arena for audience and artists to come together and enjoy great music, in an intimate and informal setting, creating a unique musical experiences both for the performers and the audience. They are currently building up a strong social program, consisting of school workshops and sponsored tickets to reach new audience.
Torun has worked as a principal and co-principal cellist of numerous orchestras, including Royal Opera Stockholm and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. From 2010-2012 she was principal cellist of Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. In 2014-16 Torun is also guesting as principal cellist of the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra in Oslo.
Torun has studied at Barratt Dues Music Institute, Oslo, Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart and Edsberg/Royal College of Music Stockholm with Bjørg Lewis, Jean- Guihen Queyras, Frans Helmerson and Torleif Thedéen.
Torun currently plays on a cello by Matteo Goffriller (1725) on generous loan from Dextra Musica Sparebankstiftelsen.