Ellen Sejersted Bødtker was educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Hochschule für Musik und Dartstellende Kunst Vienna, and at Indiana University, USA.
Ellen Sejersted Bødtker was educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Hochschule für Musik und Dartstellende Kunst Vienna, and at Indiana University, USA. She is known for her strong commitment to contemporary music and works with many leading Scandinavian composers. Sejersted Bødtker holds the position of solo harpist in the ensemble Oslo Sinfonietta. With the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, she has participated in prestigious festivals in many parts of the world. She has recorded eight solo albums, including SONaR (2009) with music written especially for her by composer Magnar Åm, and Pacem (2012). She has been a guest artist on numerous recordings in completely different genres, which has lead to concerts in Japan, USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Russia and Canada. She is also the founder and director of the performance Lifeblood, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch's birth. Lifeblood visited New York and Tokyo in 2013.
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