Rolf Borch

Rolf Borch (1975) was born and grew up in Bergen where his first clarinet teacher was Mogens Leikvoll. Borch later went on to study at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Hans Christian Bræin.

In addition to mastering a broad classical repertoire, Borch has a strong commitment to contemporary music, something that has resulted in over 90 premier performances of works from Norway and abroad. The list of composers with whom he has collaborated is extensive, including such prominent figures as Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Oehring, Nicolaus A. Huber, Kaija Saariaho and Mathias Spahlinger, the many Norwegian composers on this list include Magne Hegdal, Sven Lyder Kahrs, Jon Øivind Ness, Mark Adderley, Eivind Buene and Ørjan Matre.

Borch is a noted soloist and has performed with several Norwegian orchestras and ensembles. In recent years he has been engaged for solo performances throughout Norway, as well as at concerts and festivals on the continent. His first solo-CD, "Step Inside", was very well recieved by the critics, and was also nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Award. In 2008 he recieved the prestigious Young Lindeman Award.

Rolf Borch is a regular member of the chamber ensembles Cikada and asamisimasa, and at present he is Artistic Reseach Fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

March 2011