Øyvind Bjorå held from 2014 to 2016 the postion of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of one of the ensembles of the Arctic Philharmonic - the Sinfonietta in Bodø. He conducted an extensive repertoire with this flexible ensemble, ranging from new music with the sinfonietta to opera and ballet performances with the symphony orchestra. In May 2015 and October 2016 he conducted a highly successful production of the opera “Mozart and Salieri” by Rimsky-Korsakov.
After he finished conducting studies in 2011 at the Norwegian Academy of Music with professor Ole Kristian Ruud, he has had a rising career as a conductor. He has conducted the symphony orchestras in Trondheim, Stavanger and Kristiansand, the Arctic Philharmonic, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Military Bands in Oslo and Trondheim.
In December 2015 Bjorå made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera, conducting three performances of Mozart’s Magic Flute. In February 2017 he will make his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic, conducting three concerts of Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf.
Øyvind Bjorå is also a versatile violinist who has distinguished himself as a leader of orchestral ensembles. Formerly concertmaster of the Trondheim Symphony and Bergen Philharmonic, he has since 2005 led the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra. He has appeared as guest with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Danish National Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon.
Bjorå has appeared as leader and soloist with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Camerata and Trondheim Soloists. After a concert in Carnegie Hall where he led Bartok’s Divertimento for strings, with Risør Festival Strings, the New York Times wrote: “…I cannot recall a more persuasive account, conducted or otherwise."