After a substantial career as one of Norway’s most renowned violinists, Lars-Erik ter Jung now enjoys parallel success on the podium as an inspiring and innovative orchestral conductor. His experience as leader of the Bergen Philharmonic for 12 years brings unique insight to his work with a wide variety of ensembles, conducting repertoire that ranges from chamber, symphonic and contemporary music to opera and ballet.
Lars-Erik first took up formal conducting studies in 1998 – initially with Jorma Panula and George Hurst, and later with Kenneth Kiesler – further developing his skills through masterclasses with professional orchestras around the world (Berlin, Brasov, Vaasa, Moscow and New Hampshire).
Since then, Lars-Erik has directed leading Norwegian ensembles including the Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio and Norwegian Chamber Orchestras, the Oslo Sinfonietta and the Trondheim Soloists. For four years he was artistic director of the Kristiansund Opera Sinfonietta, conducting such iconic works as Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
Partnerships with international festivals and guest conductor roles have taken Lars-Erik all over Europe and further afield, including concerts with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra (UK). He has also enjoyed residencies in Poland, with The Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lódz and the PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra, as well as concerts in the Barents region of Russia. He has performed at festivals in Berlin, Stuttgart, Huddersfield, Copenhagen, Luxembourg and Lyon with the Norwegian contemporary music ensemble Asamisimasa – a partnership that also led to Norway’s prestigious ‘Spellemann’ Music Award in 2013.
From 1992 until 2018 Lars-Erik has been artistic director of the Telemark Chamber Orchestra, which under his baton has built a reputation as a dynamic and versatile ensemble of the highest quality. He enjoys partnerships with numerous Norwegian music organisations, institutions and festivals (including the Bergen International Festival and the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival) and encourages the development of young artists through his work with the Sunnhordland Chamber Orchestra, the Kirsten Sand course for string players in Tromsø, and the ‘Oppstryk’ project orchestra in Finnmark.
Lars-Erik takes a keen interest in new music. His innovative approach to programming and lively involvement in Norway’s contemporary music scene, in numerous world premieres and CD releases with various Norwegian ensembles, clearly reflects Lars-Erik’s commitment to raising the profile of new music in Norway. Most recently, he has directed world premieres of the piano concerto Just for You by Jan Erik Mikalsen (with Ellen Ugelvik and the Oslo Philharmonic at the Ultima festival), the opera Kimen (The Seed) by Magnar Åm and a concerto for oboe and strings by the Turkish composer Mert Karabey.