Øystein Baadsvik is in a unique position being a full-time tuba soloist.
He started playing tuba at the age of fifteen, and soon decided to explore the tuba’s possibilities as a solo instrument. Three years later he won 1.st prize in a Norwegian national competition for soloists. Within the space of two years he had made his own programs for Norwegian Radio and had played with all of Norway’s professional symphony orchestras. His international career began with two prizes at the prestigious Concours International d'Exécution Musicale (CIEM) in Geneva in 1991. Shortly after that his first solo CD was released. It received excellent reviews in international music magazines all over the world.
Baadsvik’s musicianship is celebrated by audiences all over the world and he has played with orchestras such as Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande, Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra and Musica Vitae. His latest CD 'Tuba Carnival' was released in 40 countries on the BIS label and became a tremendous success. It was recommended by the music magazine ClassicToday as one of the six best recordings in the world for solo instrument and orchestra. Others on the prestigious list were artists such as Anne Sophie Mutter and Joshua Bell. Baadsvik is releasing five new solo CD’s on BIS during the next two years. The CD "Trez Dansas" with pianist Niklas Sivelöv is released world wide in September. A cd with string orchestra and jazz pianist is released during spring 07. During the season of 05-06 he is playing with orchestras such as the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne, Warsaw Philharmonic, Gdansk Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Philharmonic.