• E-mailchristian.stene@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Lars Hilles gate 3
    5015 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7800
    5020 Bergen

If you have any questions about the clarinet program at The Grieg Academy, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Christian can be heard on recordings playing solo (LAWO), chamber music (Classico and LAWO), and in orchestra with the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra (Naïve) and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Chandos, BIS, Hyperion, Ondine, Aurora, and LAWO).

Christian Stene is the Associate Professor of clarinet and Ph.D. Artistic Research Fellow at The Grieg Academy – Department of Music at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is also the National Chairperson (Norway) for the International Clarinet Association (ICA) and a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren performing artist. Christian was the principal clarinetist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2010 to 2022 and the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra from 2007 to 2010.

A native of Bergen, Christian began playing the clarinet at age eleven. After preliminary studies at The Grieg Academy, he continued at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam to study with the former principal clarinetist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, George Pieterson. Christian then entered the Royal Danish Academy of Music where he completed his orchestral diploma studies with Lee Morgan, principal clarinetist of the Royal Danish Orchestra, in one year. He was further accepted into the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as well as the concert class at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel with François Benda. Christian made his debut in Copenhagen in 2007 with the highest mark obtainable. In the 2009/10 season, Christian took a sabbatical to study with Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In 1998 Christian won the Norwegian Soloist Championships which started a long line of solo appearances. He has been a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions, the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the University of Oslo Symphony Orchestra, the Agder Chamber Orchestra, the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Danish Academy of Music Orchestra, and the Nordic Youth Orchestra. Christian is the recipient of the Betty and Valdemar van Hauens Music Endowment, the Léonie Sonning’s Talent Prize, Aennchen and Eigil Harbys Fund, Ingerid, Synnøve, and Elias Fegersten's Foundation, the Jacob. R. Olsen and Johanne G. Olsen’s Endowment, and the Fund for Performing Artists.

In addition to teaching the clarinet class at The Grieg Academy, Christian regularly gives masterclasses in Norway as well as in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, and the U.S.A. He also coaches The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra and other regional youth orchestras.

Christian regularly appears as guest principal clarinet with various Scandinavian, European, Asian and Australian orchestras, notably the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

For more information and sound examples please visit: www.christianstene.com



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