Olle Holmgren (born 1980) is from Borlänge, Sweden, and is the first person ever that has passed examination in both classical guitar and classical singing at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He studied singing for Svein Bjørkøy, Randi Stene and Håkan Hagegård. He is a senior member of the Norwegian Soloist Choir since 2005. Olle has a passion for church music and has performed as a soloist in most of the well known church music reperoire. Adam in ”The Creation” and Jesus in Bach’s Passions stands out as a parts especially suitable for his voice.
He has worked as a soloist with orchestras like Det Norske Kammerorkestret, Dalasinfoniettan, Bergen Bach Soloists, the Swedish Baroque Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and conduktors like Rinaldo Alessandrini, Peter Schreier, José Esandi and Ian Watson.
Some highlights in he career so far, are:
”Requiem” by Ragnar Söderlind. Conductor: Peter Szilvay together with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) and Oslo Cathedral Choir in Oslo Cathedral. Olle created a part specially written for him at the world premiere. (October, 2011)
Sir John Stainer’s ”The Crucifixion” (2013).
European premiere of Lera Auerbach’s a capella opera ”The Blind” at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival (2013).
World premiere of Cecilie Ore’s chamber opera ”Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy”, at Bergen Festival and Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (2015).
World premiere of Kjell Habbestad’s opera ”Karlstad 1905” in the leading role as Prime Minister Christian Lundeberg in Moss and Oslo (2016).
Later in 2016 awaits Mikael Haydn’s ”Requiem” with Nidaros Oratorio Choir, Nidaros Cathedral Choir and Trondheim Barokk.
In 2017 Olle participates in a concert and CD-recording of ”The Seven Deadly Sins” by Weill/ Brecht together with Tora Augestad and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (Petrenko).
Photo: Ingvild Festervoll Melien (2014)