Robert Rønnes (1959) studied bassoon under K. Bjærke and T. Nedberg at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and under R. Birnstingl at "Conservatoire de musique de Geneve" in Switzerland. He continued his studies with G. Brooke in London and V. Popov in Moscow.

Since 1981 he has been the principal bassoonist of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, a position he also held for a period in 1988 with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Rønnes was the first Norwegian Bassoonist to receive support from NorConcert - the Concert Institute of Norway - for his début concert at the University Aula in Oslo in 1985, which received excellent critical acclaim.

Rønnes has established himself as a highly regarded chamber musician and as an ardent advocate of Norwegian contemporary music. Several Norwegian composers have dedicated works to him, which have resulted in several CD-recordings. He is in much demand as a soloist in Europe, Russia and USA.

In addition to his career as a musician Rønnes works as a composer and is a member of the Society of Norwegian Composers. His works have been performed in Europe, Russia and USA, and are constantly attracting a wider audience. He has received several commissions funded through the Norwegian Cultural Council.

Translation: Howard Gamble
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