Described in International Record Review as «definitely a name to look out for», the Norwegian baritone, Ørjan Hartveit has performed with orchestras such as the BIT20 Ensemble, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble Orchestra de Praga, Ensemble du Monde, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Ringerike Symphony Orchestra, and appears on the albums Ralph Vaughan Williams: Where Hope is Shining (Albion Records) and Geirr Tveitt: Piano Works and Songs (KinnePiano).
With a repertoire spanning from early baroque to contemporary music, recent projects include a concert series in Copenhagen of previously unpublished cantatas by the German baroque composer Christoph Graupner – heard for the first time in almost 300 years.
Furthermore, he has given the first performances of Hampson Sisler’s Music In The Soul at the Merkin Hall in New York, Torunn Ystaas and Henrik Ødegaard’s Heilagbrotet in Eidfjord and Tore Vagn Lid and Glenn Erik Haugland’s The Gospel of Judas at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. Other operatic appearances include Raguel’s Men (Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel) for English Touring Opera, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) in London, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) in Maidenhead, Lakai /Haushofmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos) in New York, Dr. Hasselbacher (Our Man In Havana) in London and St. Olaf (Spelet om St. Sunniva) at Hardanger Musikkfest, Norway.
As an ensemble singer Ørjan has also worked with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Kristiansand Solistensemble and the TSO Vokalensemble in Norway, and with Bo Holten’s Musica Ficta, Mogens Dahls Kammerkor and Christian IV’s Vokalensemble in Denmark, the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir in England and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland under Paul Hillier.
Ørjan studied at Trinity College of Music, London, where he was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal and graduated with First Class Honors in 2005. He has also been awarded the Cyril Cork Prize for ‘outstanding performance’ (2003) and Hardangerfondet (2007).