Today Elise Båtnes talks about what it’s like being the leader of the Oslo Philharmonic orchestra, her role as the voice of the players, conductor, soloists and management and the need for her to be present and focused in every moment during a performance. She gives her thoughts about how to manage auditions, what it’s like being the other side of the audition screen, assessing the audition rather than giving an audition and what she feels are the key differences between British and European orchestras.Båtnes also has extensive experience in chamber music and has performed at many cultural and chamber music festivals together with noted Norwegian pianists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Håvard Gimse, Sveinung Bjelland, and Einar Henning Smebye. She was formerly a member of the award-winning Vertavo String Quartet. In 2008, together with pianist Håvard Gimse, Båtnes released the CD “Bartók” featuring Béla Bartók’s violin music (Simax Classics), and in 2010 she recorded the Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets with the Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Group (LAWO Classics). Elise Båtnes plays an “Arditi” violin made by A. Stradivari in 1689, on loan from Dextra Musica.

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Elise Båtnes began playing the violin at age four and debuted as soloist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra four years later. She had her first performance with the Oslo Philharmonic in 1981 at age ten, when she appeared as soloist in a children’s concert conducted by Mariss Jansons. In 1982 she performed again as soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic. Since then she has appeared as soloist with all the important Norwegian symphony orchestras and has played in numerous countries. As first concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic she continues to appear as soloist with leading orchestras and conductors around the world. Over a period of nine years she served as concertmaster of the Danish Radio Orchestra and the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Cologne.

Båtnes also has extensive experience in chamber music and has performed at many cultural and chamber music festivals together with noted Norwegian pianists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Håvard Gimse, Sveinung Bjelland, and Einar Henning Smebye. She was formerly a member of the award-winning Vertavo String Quartet. In 2008, together with pianist Håvard Gimse, Båtnes released the CD “Bartók” featuring Béla Bartók’s violin music (Simax Classics), and in 2010 she recorded the Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets with the Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Group (LAWO Classics). Elise Båtnes plays an “Arditi” violin made by A. Stradivari in 1689, on loan from Dextra Musica.