Over the course of his 15 years as Artistic Director for the Trondheim Soloists (TS), Øyvind Gimse has developed the orchestra into a fully professional ensemble which is very active on the international music scene. Seven GRAMMY nominations and two Spellemann prizes are the crowning acheivements of his six major recordings with the Trondheim Soloists, and he has toured as far afield as South America and Japan. As musical director Øyvind has also conducted several of Norways’ professional symphony orchestras as well as orchestras in Spain, Lithuania and Vietnam.
Øyvind is an internationally renowned teacher who, alongside his position at the Institute of Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), has taught masterclasses in Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Spain and Brazil. Chamber music is close to Øyvinds’ heart, and he has performed at all of the major Norwegian chamber music festivals, where he has played with musicians such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Martin Fröst, Anthony Marwood and Bobby McFerrin.
Øyvind was the man behind the “Trondheim model” a unique collaboration between the Trondheim Soloists and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He was also central to the development of the music venue Dokkhuset as a forum for chamber music, jazz and classical music in Trondheim. He was involved in the establishment of the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and likewise the setting up of the national talent development programme “Young Musicians”. In recognition of his contribution to cultural life in Trondheim he was awarded the 2013 Trondheim Municipal Cultural Prize.
Since the summer of 2015 Øyvind has played a Francesco Goffriller (1735) borrowed from the Sparebank Foundation/Dextra Musica, a fantastic instrument which earlier belonged to the legendary cellist Jacqueline du Pré.