Torun Stavseng is a Norwegian cellist interested in a wide span of music and active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.
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.
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.
A long term collaboration and close friendship with Norwegian violinist Liv Hilde Klokk has resulted in many duo concerts all over Europe, as well as an annual chamber music event for which they invite guest musicians in their scenic Norwegian hometown Ålesund. Together with violist Ida Bryhn, the three women formed TrioTaus in 2013. As diverse chamber players and soloists, the group programmes core classical and romantic trio repertoire with an inventive approach.
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. In 2013-14, Tre Voci was resident ensemble at nu:nord music conference through which a substantial number of works have been written for them. The trio has collaborated with soprano/dancer Silje Aker Johnsen, violinist Mira Benjamin, trumpeter Eivind Nordset Lønning and jazz pianist Kit Downes. All members of Tre Voci are also active improvisers, where Torun also features her voice and the use of electronics.
Torun has since 2013 been a member of the Oslo based contemporary music ensemble Cikada, 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 Torun and Mathias wants to create an arena for audience and artists to come together and enjoy great music, in an intimate and informal setting, aiming to create 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, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra London. 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 Matteo Goffriller cello, on generous loan from Dextra Musica Sparebankstiftelsen.