Josefine Opsahl


Josefine Opsahl has in recent years established herself as a versatile and innovative cellist. In classical contexts she plays concerts as a soloist or in various chamber ensembles. She has assisted several times in Storstrøms Chamber Ensemble, and plays with musicians such as accordionist Bjarke Mogensen, recorder player Pernille Petersen and mezzo-soprano Andrea Pellegrini. In addition, Opsahl is a core member and driving force in the improvisation and sound collective 'We like We', as well as the progressive folk ensemble 'Kottos'. Both ensembles explore the borders of the classical genre.

As a cellist Opsahl is particularly attracted to contemporary classical music, avant-garde forms of expression, and the use of electronics and improvisation, which her musical work clearly reflects. She has premiered several works and in 2014 collaborated with the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, where she was a soloist in the Danish premiere of the work 'Repentance'. Opsahl has composed and performed a number of solo and ensemble works for Earunit, a forum for contemporary electro-acoustic music and sound art, and performed at this year's Classical Next festival with a concert in de Doelen, Rotterdam.

Opsahl began her studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in 2011 with Professor Morten Zeuthen, and the following year she received 1st prize at the Music Academy Scholarship Competition for cellists. In the summer of 2014 Opsahl finished her Bachelor's degree in Copenhagen, after which she immersed herself in studies with Professor at Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chicago, Hans Jorgen Jensen. Currently Opsahl is finishing her Masterwith concert master of Copenhagen Phil, Toke Møldrup. During her studies she has received a gold prize and a special prize at the international classical music competition 'Svirel' (Slovenia) and has also been awarded the Pax Lodge Humanitarian scholarship for talented young musicians.

Opsahl has recorded several albums including the acclaimed album 'a New Age of Sensibility' with We like We, as well as two albums with harpist and composer, Trine Opsahl, both of which are published in a number of countries including Denmark, USA and Taiwan. Opsahl has also been noticed at numerous festivals and concert series abroad as well as in Denmark, including the Fusion Festival in Germany, Dias Nordicos in Madrid (Spain) and the classical music festival in Nafplion, Greece, Wundergrund Festival, Click Festival, Nordic Music Days, Golden Days, Opera Festival, Frost Festival, Copenhagen and Aarhus Jazz Festival s and Roskilde Festival in Denmark.


Josefine Opsahl kan opleves lørdag d. 30. januar på NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale.


NJORD Biennale is Copenhagen's new nordic biennial for contemporary music and contemporary art. In various cross artistic projects, the relationship between the tonal colours of music and the colour tones of visual art are being examined through concerts, exhibits, a separate children´s programme, seminars and lectures.