EIRIK GRØTVEDT, TENOR - born 1st of April 1993 in Saprsborg, Norway, started singing with Olav Ruud in 2009. Between 2011-2012 he was a part of the Talent Development Program at the Norwegian Academy of Music under Mona Julsrud. He commenced his bachelor degree at Barratt Due Institute of Music in 2013, where he graduated in the spring of 2017 with professor Torgun Birkeland.
He has participated in courses and master classes with amongst others Helene Ziebarth, Johannes Weisser and Susanna Eken. He has appeared as a soloist with Østfold Symphony Orchestra, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Barratt Due Chamber Orchestra. He sang the role of Carl Berner in the world premiere of the opera “Karlstad 1905” by Norwegian composer Kjell Habbestad during Oslo Opera Festival 2016. In February 2017 he performed the role of Don Ottavio in Oslo Academy of Opera's Don Giovanni at stage 2 of The Norwegian National Opera.
In 2017 he was accepted into the prestigious artist diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music which he will take on this fall.
EIRIK HAUG STØMNER, PIANO - born 1993 in Halden, Norway, started playing the piano at age 9 with local piano teachers Elisabeth Giske and Per Anders Hegre. From 2009 to 2012 he was part of the Talent Developement Program at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where he also finished his bachelor degree the spring of 2016. He is now part of the Artist Diploma program at the academy, studying under professors Einar Henning Smebye and Marianna Shirinyan.
Eirik won first prize in the National Music Competition for Youths (UMM) in 2011, and is also the winner of Einar Steen-Nøklebergs talentpris (talent prize), Halden Arbeiderblads sang- og musikkpris (local music prize) and Liszt Special Prize during the Piano Festival Bolzano 2016. He has appeared in master classes with all the leading national pianists, including Håvard Gimse, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Jiri Hlinka, Jens Harald Bratlie and Håkon Austbø.
Stømner has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Oslo Symphony Orchestra and Østfold Symphony Orchestra, and has given concerts in Sweden, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Croatia, England and Italy. He has appeared in several national music festivals, among them the Mozart Festival in Østfold, the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger and the Northern Lights Festival in Tromsø, in addition to Hvar International Music Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. He is also an experienced chamber musician and accompanist of lieder, and has worked with some of Norway’s leading musicians, including singers Trond Halstein Moe and Ann-Helen Moen, violinist Atle Sponberg and conductors Bjarte Engeset, Arvid Engegård and Alf Årdal.