Thursday, February 28, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts 304-696-3296

Marshall to welcome noted tubist March 3

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –   Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre will welcome international tuba artist Oystein Baadsvik Sunday, March 3, for a guest clinic at 5 p.m. and recital at 8 p.m. in Smith Music Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

“Oystein Baadsvik is one of the few tuba virtuosos to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist rather than becoming a member of an orchestra or accepting a teaching post,” said Dr. George Palton, who teaches tuba at Marshall and will serve as host for the March 3 events. “His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer, and recording artist has taken him all over the world. The unique virtuosity and musicality Mr. Baadsvik brings to the tuba has established him as an exemplar of the instrument.”

Baadsvik studied under the celebrated tuba player Harvey Phillips, a distinguished professor emeritus in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and with the legendary Arnold Jacobs, who had a 40-year career and position of principal tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Baadsvik’s international career began in 1991 when he was awarded two prizes at the prestigious Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva.

His international engagements have included performances with orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Victoria of Melbourne. Baadsvik has performed in some of the most famous venues in the world and in 2006 made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

Baadsvik has premiered some 40 solo works for the tuba, by composers from the U.S., Russia, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. He also has developed new tuba-playing techniques that have been used in a number of more recent works for the instrument.

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information about these events or music at Marshall University, persons may call 304-696-3117 or e-mail Palton at

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