Artists Tanja Orning

Tanja Orning is a cellist focusing on contemporary music. After studies in Oslo (Norway), in London (England, UK) with Willian Pleeth, and at Indiana University (USA) with János Starker as a Fulbright Research Fellow, she held the position as a co-principal cellist in the Stavanger Symfoniorkester from 1994 to 2000 when she left for Oslo in order to realize a number of projects as a performer, improviser and composer.

Orning’s current projects are: Asimisimasa, Cellotronics (solo), Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Dr Ox (duo, with Natasha Barrett), Ensemble Polygon, Sound of Movement (with dancer Ellen Johannesen), and the Performance Group Mobile Home. She plays regularly with the Oslo Sinfonietta and Ensemble Ernst. Former projects: Plus Minus Ensemble, Kyberia, Ametri String Quartet and rock band Wunderkammer.

She has commissioned and premiered approximately 60 chamber music and solo works by Norwegian composers such as Natasha Barrett, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Eivind Buene, Lene Grenager, Olav Anton Thommesen, and Ole Henrik Moe. Tanja Orning has participated in several recordings of contemporary music and in 2005 she released her solo CD Cellotronics. She has performed at festivals such as Huddersfield, Ultima, Borealis, Fri Resonans, Kontak, Ilios, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Olavsfestdagene, Trondheim kammermusikkfest, Molde jazzfestival, Kongsberg jazzfestival, Vossajazz, Ingolstädter Jazztage, Novara Jazz Festival, Shared Sounds (Berlin) and Taktlos (Zürich).

Currently Orning is undertaking research in contemporary performance practice through studying and performing works by Lachenmann, Xenakis and Ferneyhough at the Norges musikkhøgskole (Norwegian Academy of Music).


Tanja Orning

Norway, 1969

Residence: Oslo (Norway)

  • Composer
  • Performer (cello)
  • Improviser

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