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Rolf Borch is a clarinettist with a broad classical repertoire which he combines with a passion for contemporary music. He is active as soloist and chamber musician and has collaborated with a wide range of Norwegian and international composers. Borch plays all clarinet instruments and in 2015 he was awarded his PhD, for an artistic research project which focused on the contrabass clarinet. Borch is a permanent member of the ensemble Cikada, and works as associate professor of clarinet at the Music Conservatoire in Tromsø.

Photo: Heidi Rossow

Photo: Heidi Rossow

”Clarinettist Rolf Borch plays what can not be played on a clarinet.” Nina Krohn, NRK P2

 

”A demonstration of how new music can be shaped, and made available. (...) There is a great technical mastery in what he does. Herein lies the glow of conviction. New music must sound if the world shall go forward.” Idar Karevoll, Aftenposten

 

”Amazing musicality and technique, in combination with curiosity and openness. (…) Poetic and silent, noisy and rude, and most important; never indifferent.” Lars Petter Hagen, Musikk-kultur

 

"Borch steps forward as a performer who generates important ingredients such as humor, boldness and generosity in his lungs, and blow them through his mouthpiece, to the joy of everyone who listen.” Jon Øystein Flink, Dagsavisen

 

”Suddenly I just want to sit here and listen to the clarinet. (...) It is an album that makes you believe that you have plenty of time. What more can one wish for?” Erling Sandmo, NRK P2