Christian Eggen conductor and piano
Christian Eggen is part of the festival’s artistic leadership and is heard almost every summer in Risør. He is conductor, pianist and composer, with studies in Vienna, Salzburg, Oslo, Paris and New York. The CD release with Carl Nielsen’s piano works in 1994 set a new standard, wrote Danish Politiken. Currently, among Europe’s leading conductors for contemporary music, he regularly performs with ensembles such as German Music Factory and French Ensemble Intercontemporaine. Leader Oslo Sinfonietta and Cikada, who received the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2005. Awarded the Spellemann Prize, the Lindeman Prize, the Oslo City Artist Prize, and twice the Critic Prize – among other things for his efforts as a festival musician during the Bergen Festival in 1999. King Harald has appointed him Commander of Order of St. Olav.