Øyvind Bjorå formerly studied at the Barratt Due Institute under Stephan Barratt-Due. He is a versatile solo violinist who has also distinguished himself as a leader of orchestral ensembles. Formerly concertmaster of the Trondheim Symphony and Bergen Philharmonic, he currently leads the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra. As guest leader he has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Danish National Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Trondheim Soloists and Oslo Camerata, and he has also given solo performances with major symphony orchestras in Norway. As a chamber musician, he has had the honour of performing at Troldhaugen and Lysøen, the homes of Edvard Grieg and Ole Bull, and he has collaborated with, amongst others, Sveinung Bjelland, Leif Ove Andsnes, Saleem Abboud Ashkar and Gordon Back, at the Festspillene in Bergen and at other major chamber music festivals in Norway.