Anders Clemens Øien, Guitar
Born into a family of artists and musicians in Oslo ( Norway ) in 1976, Anders Clemens Øien started playing guitar at the age of 12. After studying guitar at the College of Music in Drammen, Norway and the State Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway with Jan Danielsen, he continued his studies in Den Haag ( Holland ) and Barcelona ( Spain ) with Zoran Dukic, Sadahiro Otani and Alex Garrobé. A grant from the Norwegian government for studies abroad enabled him to complete his musical training, finishing with a Diploma "cum laude".
He has participated in many festivals and courses, receiving classes from Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Marco Socias and John Williams.
In 2002, Anders was selected as one of only four young Norwegian musicians to participate in "Norwegian state concerts", which promotes highly gifted musicians by providing them with numerous concerts throughout Norway. He has won many prizes in international competitions, but his greatest success to date came in 2003, when he became the first Scandinavian winner of the highly famed "Andrés Segovia Competition" in Granada. His performances have been broadcast on television and radio in Brazil, Norway and Spain.
Anders has performed concerts in many countries in Europe, Brazil and Kazakhstan and has participated in the most important music festivals in Norway. He is also an active chamber musician, collaborating regularly with singers, flutists and violinists.
Both his first two CDs, “Romanza” and “Sonatas”, have received excellent reviews. Anders is often praised for his brilliant technique, exquisite musicality and his expressive, vibrant performance style. His latest release is titled, “Recuerdos de Tárrega”, and features music of the great guitarist/composer, Fransisco Tárrega.