Lars Anders Tomter is one of today’s most outstanding violists. He was born at Hamar, Norway and began to play the violin at the age of eight and also took up the viola. Both instruments he studied with Professor Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian State Academy. He then continued his studies with Professor Max Rostal and with Sándor Vegh. He was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók’s Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984 and then went on to win the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986.

Lars has distinguished himself by performing new music extensively, including the world premiere of four concertos by Ragnar Söderlind, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Rolf Wallin and Anders Eliasson, which have all been written for Lars. In 2011 he recorded Vagn Holmboe’s Viola Concerto with Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra released on the dacapo label. In 2015 he will record Poul Ruders’ Viola Concerto with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and in 2016 he will perform Egil Hovland’s Viola Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic.

Lars’ appearances as an international viola soloist have been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States. He is also a regular guest at important festivals such as BBC Proms, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, Mondseetage, Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzingen, Styriarte, Verbier as well as at a number of festivals in Scandinavia. In addition, he is joint artistic director of the Norwegian Risør Chamber Music Festival. His large repertoire includes all major contemporary works, and he has recorded for Simax, Naxos, Virgin Classics, NMC, Somm and Chandos.

Lars is a Professor at the State Academy in Oslo, supervising a number of Norway’s most talented string players. In 2013 he was appointed assistant professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy, Copenhagen. 

He plays a Gasparo da Salo viola dated from 1590.


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