The pianist Einar Røttingen is Professor of Music Performance at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. He was educated at the Bergen Music Conservatory (from 1995 named Grieg Academy) and Eastman School of Music. Røttingen has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, Japan, and China. In addition to performing standard repertoire, such as concert series with Beethoven’s piano and chamber works, he has actively collaborated with composers and commissioned new works. He has especially contributed to presenting works by Norwegian composers throughout the world.
Røttingen’s interest in 20th Century composers has resulted in performances of works such as Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, Oiseaux Exotiques and Des canyons aux étoiles and George Crumb’s complete Makrokosmos I-IV. He is also an active chamber musician and a member of the Valen Trio together with violinist Ricardo Odriozola and cellist John Ehde. His extensive collaboration with the singer Njål Sparbo resulted in performances of Edvard Grieg’s complete songs in 2007 and recent recordings of the songs of Geirr Tveitt.
CD recordings include the complete solo piano music (1996) and Piano Concerto of Harald Sæverud (1996), solo CDs Avgarde (2000) and Norwegian Variations (2005, “Selection” in International Piano and awarded “Record of the year” by International Edvard Grieg Society of Great Britain), and collaborative CDs Hika (2001, with violin), Chromos (2007, with flute), Serre Chaudes (2009, with voice), Fête Galantes (2016, with voice), Voices of Women (2015, with voice) and George Crumb’s Makrokosmos III-IV (2003, four hands). Important CD releases also include Gardens of Hokkaido (2010, with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra), Valen Trio (2013), Chamber Works of Knut Vaage (2020) and Chamber Works of Ketil Hvoslef (2014-2022, 9 CDs).
In 2006 he completed the PhD dissertation at the Norwegian Academy of Music: Establishing a Norwegian Piano Tradition: Interpretive Aspects of Edvard Grieg’s Ballade Op. 24, Fartein Valen’s Sonata No. 2 Op. 38 and Geirr Tveitt’s Sonata No. 29 Op. 129. He was the project leader for the three-year artistic research project (Un-) settling Sites and Styles: In Search of New Expressive Means (2017-2020) sponsored by Grieg Academy, University of Bergen and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.
Røttingen has initiated and organised contemporary music activities in Bergen (festivals, ensembles, concert series). As board leader of the International Edvard Grieg Society, he has been involved with arranging bi-annual conferences/workshops and international exchanges (2011-2021). Einar Røttingen was awarded the City of Bergen Cultural Prize (1993) and The Bergen International Festival Robert Levin Festival Prize (1997).
- (2002). "Toward Establishing a Norwegian Piano Tradition: Edvard Grieg's Ballade op.24 as a reference for interpreting Fartein Valen's Sonata no.2 op.38 and Geirr Tveitt's Sonata no.29".
- (2016). Fetes Galantes.
- (2014). Voices of Women.
- (2012). Serres Chaudes.
- (2010). Knut Vaage: Gardens of Hokkaido.
- (2009). Serres Chaude/ Melodies Francaises -sanger av Gabriel Faure, Ernest Chausson, Camille Saint-Saens.
- (2007). Chromos.
- (2006). Hidden Music Gøymd musikk Hidden Music.
- (2005). Norwegian Variations.
- (2003). Norske variasjoner for klaver: musikalske reiser i tid og rom. Festspillmagasinet. 40-43.
- (2006). Etablering av en norsk klavertradisjon: Interpretative trekk ved Edvard Griegs Ballade op.24, Geirr Tveitts Sonate nr.29 op.129 og Fartein Valens Sonate nr.2 op.38.
- (2018). Notelangs: Grieg - Hva nå? Paneldebatt.
- (2002). Intervju og opptak fra konsert i Hardingtonar-festival i Nordheimsund Musikk av Geirr Tveitt og Edvard Grieg.
- (2018). The Big Bang.
- (2008). Olivier Messiaen: Harawi.
The artistic research project 2017-2020 “(Un-) settling Sites and Styles - in Search of New Expressive Means” consisted of eight individual projects focusing on music by 20th century and contemporary Norwegian composers. The research project was initiated by Professor Einar Røttingen and Associate Professor Arnulf Mattes to create a forum and environment for intersubjective musical research at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD), University of Bergen. It was funded by the Grieg Academy (KMD) and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.
Read about the project in Research Catalogue