Torbjørn Ottersen


Torbjørn Ottersen has been timpanist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway since 2005. Previously, he was percussionist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway) from 1998 to 2005. Torbjørn has also performed as timpanist with several orchestras abroad, including the Berner Symphonie-Orchester in Switzerland and the Royal Opera Orchestra in Stockholm, Sweden.

Mr. Ottersen received his Master of Music degree in timpani at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion from Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. In addition, Torbjørn has also studied in several European and American cities, among those New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Boston, London, Berlin and Stockholm.

Mr. Ottersen is on the faculties of both the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and the University in Tromsø. He is also chairman of the percussion department at the annual Valdres Festival.
“I use the JGpercussion mallets frequently, and I often recommend them to colleagues and students. The David Herbert mallets have perfect balance, beautiful tone, and a rich variety of color and articulation throughout the different models. The Joseph Pereira mallets combine the best from the American and European stick making tradition. I find the flannel mallets particularly useful in the classical repertoire.”Torbjørn Ottersen

OrchestraOslo Philharmonic OrchestraTitlePrincipal Timpanist

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