|Date of birth:||15.09.1997|
1st Prize, EMCY prize
|Promoted by EMCY:||Young Talents on Tour 2016|
Astrid Bjelland was born in 1997 in Hjelmeland (Norway) and started playing the flute at the age of 6, through the local music school with Michaela Tetens. At the age of 14, she got accepted to the National Talent Development Programme in Stavanger, Unge Musikere, with Elisabeth Barstad as her teacher. Since 2014 she has been a part of the equivalent programme in Bergen, Griegakademiets Unge Talenter, studying with Anders-Ljungar Chapelon. Since 2014 she has been taking private lessons with former flute professor at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Gro Sandvik. At the moment she is a 3rd year student at the Kongshaug Music Upper Secondary school with Øyvind Vedvik as her flute teacher.
Astrid has participated successfully in different competitions in the recent years and won several first prizes in Hordablæsten (2014), Sotrafestivalen (2013, 2014, 2015) and Ungdommens musikkmesterskap (2014, 2015/2016). She has also been invited as a soloist with the Norwegian Armed Forces Band, Krohnengen Brass Band and Dragefjellet Music Band. Astrid has been awarded scholarships and funds, such as Alf Aaareskjolds minnefond, Hjelmeland kommunes kulturstipend and Drømmestipendet.
Astrid is also an active chamber musician. She is a member of the trio ‘Fløyboba’, who won first prize in Ungdommens musikkmesterskap (2016), Hordablæsten (2015) and Sotrafestivalen (2015). The trio, with its unusual combination of flute, oboe and tuba, often perform new compositions, such as Knut Vaages ‘Lille-Fønix’. They have been invited to play in the Jugend Musiziert in Finland and the BrassWind festival in Norway. Astrid has played in various project ensembles and has participated in the Polish-Norwegian Music Incubator twice. Astrid is also a member of the Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and has participated in various orchestral courses.
You can listen to Astrid on her Youtube channel.