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Aksel has held three very well attended solo concerts in the largest Norwegian cathedrals. At the televised July 22th Memorial service 2015, he sang as a soloist for HRH Crown Princess of Norway, the Prime Minister of Norway and the Secretary General of NATO. In November 2015 he sang with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for a full Oslo Concert Hall. For summer 2016, he was booked for multiple performances at the chamber music festivals in Risør and Oslo. In June 2015 he was invited by assistant Director of Music Ben Parry to sing a solo program in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
Aksel’s career accelerated from November 2014, when he won the class for singers aged 10-15 years in the Norwegian Music Competition for Youth, achieving the maximum score. The jury (Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz, Ingebjørg Kosmo and Ståle Ytterli) wrote that Aksel was ‘a rare musical talent’ and that he ‘gives the audience goosebumps when he sings’.
In addition to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and conductor Nigel Short for this recording, Aksel has had the pleasure of performing as a soloist with many of the most prominent musicians and conductors in Norway, including Kåre Nordstoga, Arve Tellefsen, Håvard Gimse, Henning Kraggerud, Sigmund Groven, Magne H. Draagen, Stephen Hicks, Terje Kvam, Vivianne Sydnes, Vegar Sandholt, Tore Erik Mohn, Håkon Nystedt, Tore Dingstad, Lars Notto Birkeland, David Maiwald, Ivar Anton Waagard and Joachim Knoph; and ensembles such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Oslofjord Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Cathedral Choir, Nidaros Cathedral Choir, Kristiansund Chamber Choir, Røros Oratorio Choir and Cantate Domino.
Aksel has received excellent reviews for soloist parts with the Children’s Chorus of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, led by Edle Stray-Pedersen. Recently he played the title role in Kurt Weill’s learning opera Der Jasager.
Aksel has received singing lessons since he was eight years old from voice teacher Helene Haarr. From 2014 onwards, Marianne Willumsen Lewis has been his main voice teacher, also in the preparation of the repertoire for this album. In 2015, Aksel was accepted into ‘Musikk på Majorstuen’, an audition-based program for classical music talents that Majorstuen school in Oslo offers with the Barratt Due Institute of Music.
Aksel has performed as a soloist on national television and radio in ‘NRK TV Hovedscenen’, ‘TV2s Artistgalla’ and ‘NRK P2 Spillerom’, on national evening news and Christmas specials, and in live broadcasts from church mass. NRK2 broadcast a 20-minute TV feature covering the recording of this album.