Atle Sponberg - Foto: Rolf M. Aagaard
Photo: Ettore Causa

Violin teacher at the Conservatory in Tromsø

Atle Sponberg is employed as an assistant professor at the Music Academy in Tromsø. He has a violin class, teaches chamber music and has a chamber orchestra together with the world renowned double bass player Knut Erik Sundquist.

During a short time, Sponberg has managed to create a thriving string environment and recruitment to the conservatory. 

Orkester NordenSoloist with Orkester Norden

After the concert at Kilden hall in Kristiansand, Emil Otto Syversen in "Fedrelandsvennen" wrote:

"Then came Brahms last major orchestral work, the double Concerto for violin and cello, with Atle Sponberg and Øystein Birkeland as eminent soloists. The interplay between them were excellent, and in fact the same must be said about the interplay between orchestra and soloists."

Australian Festival of Chamber MusicTango solist in Australia

Atle Sponberg participated as a soloist in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. After the concert in Townsville Civic Centre, Gillian Wills wrote:

”Suddenly, it felt like there was no distance between the audience and the stage at all as Sponberg drifted between expertly leading Camerata of St. John’s and Kathryn Stott (piano) and compering a funny, cabaret-style reflection on the tango’s history.

Sponberg led Camerata through scratchy improvisations, restlessly changing speeds, brokering a luxurious syrupy tone for Piazzolla’s seductive tunes. Escualo, about skirmishing sharks, and Lagrimas Negras with its slinky phrasing and chomping offbeat undertow were highlights.”

Musical Opinion MagazineRecital in Wigmore Hall

Robert Matthew-Walker in Musical Opinion Magazine wrote, after a recital in Wigmore Hall in London:

"( ....) it was extremely well projected by Atle Sponberg, who, in the second half of the programme and partnered by Sveinung Bjelland, gave a superb account of Grieg's G major Sonata (No 2), notable for a breadth of interpretation of rare quality."