Norwegian cellist Erlend Vestby’s versatile musicality sees him perform on the international stage, as well as exploring composition, research and teaching.
Erlend is currently studying for a Master of Music in Performance with Jakob Kullberg at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London, where he is an Anglo-Norse Award Holder. His studies are also supported by Trygve Tellefsen’s Foundation, Johannes and Enny Johnsen’s Foundation and Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation. Alongside his studies in London, Erlend completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance in June 2018 at the University of Stavanger (UiS), Norway, with Jakob Kullberg. Erlend was awarded the UiS Student Prize (16/17) for his outstanding artistic and academic qualities and for contributing to an active musical environment in Stavanger to the acclaim of public, professors and fellow students. Erlend holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo with Aage Kvalbein and Audun Sandvik. In 2013 he undertook an exchange year at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester to study with Philip Higham.
Erlend has played solo, chamber music and orchestra concerts across Europe and Asia and has played for cellists such as Clemens Hagen, Miklos Perenyi, Stephan Kropfitch, Natalie Clein, Antonio Meneses, Mats Lidström and Torleif Thedéen. Erlend is substitute in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra as well as freelancing in diverse chamber groups and small orchestras in Norway and the UK. As a soloist he has performed with different Norwegian orchestras including Bergen Youth Symphony Orchestra and Kjell Seim on tour to Japan in 2010, with Vestfold Symphony Orchestra in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 conducted by Eirik Ødegård in 2015, and in December 2017 he performed as soloist in Giovanni Sollima “Vibrez” for two cello solos and cello ensemble in Stavanger. As part of the RCM Gateway and Professional Engagement Schemes, Erlend holds unaccompanied solo recitals in various London venues.
Erlend is a diverse musician, also giving concerts on the baroque and the electric cello. He is studying baroque cello part-time at the RCM with Richard Tunnicliffe and is active in the RCM Historical Performance Department. Erlend has studied composition and orchestration for many years with composers such as Dr David Horne, Hans Offerdal, Christopher Johnson and Dr Jonathan Pitkin, and his own compositions and arrangements have been performed around in North Europe and Brazil. Erlend undertook a project in 2016 together with the British composers Katie Chatburn and Dr Simon Cummings where they focused on finding new ways of equal and creative collaboration in the writing of new music for solo cello. His current master project at the RCM deals with performance practices of the early 20th century that will result in a performance of Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in a historically informed manner in May 2019.