Ricardo Odriozola was born in Spain in 1965. After studies in Spain and the USA, Odriozola moved to Bergen in 1987. Since then, he has worked as violin and chamber music at the Grieg Academy (formerly Bergen Music Conservatory). Since 2007 he has held the title of associate professor. In addition to his pedagogical work, he also conducts the Grieg Academy sinfonietta, an ensemble for contemporary music.


Odriozola has concertised extensively throughout Europe and North America as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He has made over 40 CDs. He was a member of the Hansa Quartet from 1989 to 2000, the BIT-20 ensemble from 1994 to 1999 and the Euterpe Ensemble from 1993 to 2003. He is currently a member of the quartet Bare Barokk and the contemporary music ensemble Ensemble Kammerklang. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Valen Trio, whose debut recording received highly acclaimed international reviews.


Odriozola has done extensive collaboration with Norwegian composers. This has resulted in multiple performances, including many world premieres. He is responsible for the premiere recordings of Harald Sæverud’s three string quartets and for CDs of previously unrecorded chamber works by Edvard Hagerup Bull, Kenneth Sivertsen and Bernt Kasberg Evensen.


In 2013 he embarked on a 9-CD project with the LAWO record company that would entail the entire chamber music production of the composer Ketil Hvoslef. In June 2016 he published the book “Opus Perseverat” (MPH, München), which documents his close musical association with Harald Sæverud, Edvard Hagerup Bull, Ketil Hvoslef, Magnar Åm and Kenneth Sivertsen. The book provides a wealth of information about the music of these composers. Ricardo Odriozola is also active as a composer.


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