Atle Sponberg - Foto: Mads Kuhnle Andresen
Photo: Mads Kuhnle Andresen


Atle Sponberg has distinguished himself as one of the most interesting Norwegian violinists today. He is active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader and has toured all over Norway, and has traveled to festivals all over Europe, the USA and Australia.

Atle Sponberg has been a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Tromsø Chamber Orchestra and Pori Sinfonietta in Finland. He has collaborated with conductors such as Rolf Gupta, Ari Rasilainen, Walter Weller and Andrew Manze.

As a chamber musician he has visited festivals in England, Ireland, Finland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia and Norway.

Atle Sponberg has played with Adrian Brendel, Prya Mitchell, Christian Poltera, Kathryn Stott, Jan Erik Gustavson, Alexander Sitkovetski, Piers Lane, Henning Kraggerud, Arvid Engegård, Juliet Jopling, Håvard Gimse, Øystein Birkeland, Knut Erik Sundquist and the Vertavo quartet.

Sponberg has a number of CD releases: The critically acclaimed CD ”Quietude” with Gjøvik Sinfonietta, Tango for 3, several CDs with the Engegård quartet and also new music by, among others, Antonio Bibalo and Randall Meyers.

Highlight in 2012 was the tour of Australia in late July where Atle Sponberg was soloist on a number of concerts at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

One of Sponberg's great passions is the Argentine tango, which he has studied in Buenos Aires with the legendary violinist Soares Paz. The current highlight as a tango violinist is Piazzolla's Four Seasons with the Trondheim Soloists and the tango concert with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Argentine singer Julia Zenko.

Atle Sponberg is the artistic director of the professional orchestra Gjøvik Sinfonietta, concertmaster of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, he is playing tango music in a variety of ensembles, including bandoneonists Marcello Nisinmann, Andreas Rokkseth and Per Arne Glorvigen.

Atle Sponberg plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Milan in 1752 which is on loan from the Sparebankstiftelsen in Norway.