Arvid Engegård is artistic director of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival. He comes from Bodø, but lives in Oslo today. He is educated in Trondheim, New York and Salzburg, where he had the legendary Sandor Vegh as a teacher.
He has throughout his life had a special interest in chamber music, and was for 10 years primarius for the Orlando quartet in Holland.
During the festival’s first edition in 2004, he met musicians he immediately established in a new quartet, the Engegård Quartet. This ensemble today enjoys international recognition and is in great demand throughout the Nordic region.
The quartet has since the establishment been the closest you can call a “husband” to the festival, and is always central to the program. Through the establishment of the Oslo Quartet Series, the Engegård Quartet has contributed to the string quartet as ensemble getting fresh wind in the sails.
Today, Engegård is also a widely used conductor, where he is often given assignments within the Viennese classical repertoire, a repertoire he knows better than anyone else in Norway.