Organization: Oslo Philharmonic
Instrument / Position: Cellist
Bio: Kari Ravnan was born in Nebraska and studied at the Juilliard School, graduating from the Eastman School of Music with a Performer’s Certificate. She later studied with Pierre Fournier in Geneva, William Pleeth in London and Sandor Vegh in Salzburg.
In addition to many recital tours with her father, pianist Audun Ravnan, of the Mid-West, USA, and solo recitals in Washington, D. C. and at the Bergen International Festival, she has appeared as soloist with several European and American orchestras, including the Aspen Philharmonia, Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. She has been a member of the Zennor String Trio (London), Prometheus Ensemble (London) and Borealis Ensemble (Oslo) and is often invited to chamber music festivals, such as Marlboro, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Music from Salem and Prussia Cove. She was the winner of the 1985 Washington International Competition in Cello and made her solo debut in Washington DC.
She has served as principal cellist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Norwegian Opera Orchestra and is presently a member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Kari is artistic director of the Horten Chamber Music Fest and teaches at the Barratt Due Music Institute.
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