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Ólavur Jakobsen

Ólavur Jakobsen

Ólavur Jakobsen (born 1964 in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands), classical guitarist. Studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Ingolf Olsen and received his diploma exam in 1995. Further studies in Paris with French guitarist Roland Dyens. Has participated in masterclasses with e.g. Sir Julian Bream and David Russell.

Olavur Jakobsen is the first Faroese classical guitarist to hold a master's degree and also to perform at a professional level. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has toured extensively all over Europe, South Africa and the United States.

He is a former member of the Copenhagen-based Corona Guita Quartet and has also toured extensively as soloist and chamber musician.

He has premièred a vast number of compositions by Danish and Faroese composers e.g. Per Nørgård, Axel Borup-Jørgensen, Pierre Dørge, Sunleif Rasmussen, Edvard Nyholm Debess, Kári Bæk, Tróndur Bogason and Kristian Blak and has worked with composers such as Gavin Bryars and Hsueh-Yung Shen.

He has also worked as a sessions musician with a number of popular artists e.g. Hanus G., Teitur, Ernst Sondum Dalsgard, Runi Brattaberg and Hakan Hagegard as well as Brandenburgische Staatsorchester in Frankfurt, Germany, Icelandic Ensemble CAPUT and Danish orchestra Collegium Musicum.

Olavur Jakobsen is a sought after arranger and has produced albums for Hanus G., Sunleif Rasmussen and Aldubáran.

He co-founded and then formerly served as the artistic director of the Faroese chamber ensemble Aldubáran and now continues as an active member.

He currently lives in Hoyvík near Tórshavn and is active in promoting Faroese music and touring as a soloist and chamber musician.

Ólavur Jakobsen was an instigator of and is currently coordinating the Music High School Preparatory Course for gifted music students in the Faroe Islands.

In November 2012 he released the first ever Faroese classical guitar album to rave reviews in the international press e.g. Classical Guitar Magazine and Gitarre und Laute.