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Arts / Entertainment

Oystein Baadsvik, Tuba Oct. 20

October 15, 2010

'Having Oystein Baadsvik teach a master class here at CSU campus is like having John Elway give a master class on passing and having our student athletes learn from his expertise,' says Robert Brewer, tuba professor at CSU. Baadsvik will perform a concert on Oct. 20 and teach master classes on Oct. 20 and 21.

'Øystein Baadsvik's method is almost like Bobby McFarren style 'beat box' sounds,' says Robert Brewer, tuba professor at CSU. Image by Rune Hansen.

Wednesday, Oct. 20
7:30 p.m
University Center for the Arts
Organ Recital Hall

The Colorado State University School of the Arts’ Virtuoso Series, welcomes tuba player Øystein Baadsvik to perform on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St. 


  • $12/public
  • $7/Colorado State students
  • $1/youth ages 2 to 17

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online.

Unprecedented solo career

Mr. Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, rather than becoming a member of an orchestra. His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer, and recording artist has taken him all over the world.

“It’s like having Itzhak Perlman, the great violinist, right here on our campus,” said Robert Brewer, euphonium and tuba professor at CSU. “Or, if you want a sports metaphor, it’s like having John Elway give a master class on passing, and having our student athletes learn from his expertise.”

Beyond mulitphonics

For many tuba players the use of multiphonics – singing through the instrument and playing it at the same time to produce two separate musical pitches – has been an essential practice for about three decades. However, Baadsvik takes the technique to a new level, establishing him as the exemplar of the instrument.

“His method is almost like Bobby McFarren style ‘beat box’ sounds using the tuba, incorporating voice, breath, and beats tapped out on the chest and instrument,” said Brewer of the unique sound produced by Baadsvik.

Baadsvik is said to take multiphonics (singing through the instrument and playing it at the same time) to a new level. Image by Arild Juul.

Students benefit from classes

While on the CSU campus, Baadsvik is not only performing a concert, but giving two master classes to students.

Master classes provide hands-on instruction to CSU students in an open, informal setting.  The classes are free, open to the  public, and recommended for students of all ages.

Registration is required in advance; please e-mail

Composition Master Class
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.
  • Instrumental Rehearsal Hall
Tuba/Euphonium Master Class
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.
  • Griffin Concert Hall

More about Baadsvik

Mr. Baadsvik’s international career began in 1991 when he was awarded two prizes at the prestigious Concours International d’Execution Musicale in Geneva. His international engagements include 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.

He works constantly to expand the musical aspects of the tuba and has premiered some forty solo works by composers from the USA, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. In this ongoing process he has developed new tuba-playing techniques that have been used in a number of more recent works for the instrument.

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Note: The large, feature image that accompanies the intro to this story was taken by Erik Børseth.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603