Torkil Bye (Norway)
TORKIL BYE, critically recognized for his "lovely, richly nuanced tone and expressive execution," is the former (retired) principal flutist of the internationally acclaimed Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also held positions as principal flutist in the San Antonio Symphony, the Bergen Symphony Orchestra and the Norwegian Opera Orchestra. Mr. Bye is currently a professor at The Academy of Music in Norway and taught previously at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Bye is sought-after as a world-class soloist and has extensively toured Europe, Japan and North America. He has participated in the National Flute Association's conventions as a soloist, a judge for the Young Artist Competition and in a masterclass setting.
Among his many awards, Torkil Bye is a two-time Princess Astrid Competition prize-winner (for Scandinavian windplayers), and his recording of Mozart's Flute Quartet K 285 for EMI Norway won the Spelemanns Pris, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards, as the best classical production of the year. His principal teachers include Andre Jaunet, Julius Baker and Jean-Pierre Rampal.