Principal Clarinet - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Associate Professor - Grieg Academy of Music
Buffet Crampon and Vandoren artist
Christian Stene is the Principal clarinetist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He previously held the same position with the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra. He is also Associate Professor at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, member of the Bergen Woodwind Quintet, a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren artist, and the National Chairperson (Norway) for the International Clarinet Association (ICA).
A native of Bergen, Christian began playing the clarinet at age eleven. After preliminary studies at the Grieg Academy of Music, he was accepted into the Conservatorium van Amsterdam to study with former Principal Clarinetist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, George Pieterson. Christian then entered the Royal Danish Academy of Music where he completed his Orchestral Diploma studies with Lee Morgan, Principal Clarinetist of the Royal Danish Orchestra, in one year. He was further accepted into the Soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as well as the Concert class at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel with François Benda. Christian made his Debut in Copenhagen in 2007 with the highest mark obtainable. In the 2009/10 season, Christian took a sabbatical to study with Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
In 1998 Christian won the Norwegian Soloist Championships that started a long line of solo appearances. He has been soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, ARCO Chamber Orchestra, Royal Danish Academy of Music Orchestra, and the Nordic Youth Orchestra. In February 2015 Christian will premiere a commission of a Concerto for Clarinet and Strings by Therese Ulvo with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Christian regularly appears as guest principal in various Scandinavian, European and Asian orchestras. He is also an active chamber musician whose interest in historical performance practice includes performing on period instruments.
In addition to his class at the Grieg Academy of Music Christian regularly gives masterclasses in Norway and abroad.
Christian can be heard on recordings playing chamber music with the Danish Chamber Players (Classico) and in orchestra with the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra (Naïve) and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Chandos, BIS, Hyperion and Aurora). -
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Christian is an amazing teacher and clarinetist! He was my teacher for a year during my bachelor's degree, and I learned so much from him! It is very inspiring working with a teacher on such a high level. He is all about the music and getting all the details perfect. His methods really helped me develop my skills on my instrument. He is definitely the man to go to, if you need help to prepare for an audition or an important concert. I strongly recommend his lessons!
Christian is an excellent musician, who also happen to possess an extraordinary ability to teach. His methods are varied, resulting in highly educational lessons regardless of the student's current level of playing. His eager to constantly improve his own musicianship is also greatly inspiring. He is highly recommended:)
Christian is a very talented teacher and musician. His strengths are the quest for perfection and working in details from fundamental basic and for making music. He never let you of the spot, and he is a great motivation and inspiration for clarinetists to reach and push they're own musical goals. I will highly recommend lessons with Christian!
Christian is engaged, skilful and motivating. A very good combination of fundamental basics and how to make music. He also has experience from virtually everything - opera orchestra, philharmonic and chamber music. As a teacher he is very generous in giving of his knowledge, and I will say that he is suitable for anyone interested in how to improve their skills. Highly recommended!
Christian is a fantastic teacher. After studying around the world he has gathered a lot of teaching experience. He combines the techniques from Yehuda Gilad and Lee Morgan in his basic training, which works very well for music students. He also have a lot of orchestral and opera experience, which is important if you want to play orchestra excerpts for him.
Great teacher and clarinetist! I`ve had several lessons with Christian over the years and I really recommend it. He is such an inspiration to listen to! I also really recommend having lessons on Play With a Pro. The camera and microphone works much better than one might think, so there is no reason to not try it out! I will definitely continue using this as an alternative for live lessons.