Biography

The Norwegian guitarist, theorbo-player and mandolinist Jørgen Skogmo is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. As solo guitarist he has won several prestigious international prizes including Admira Young Guitar of the Year and the Ivor Mairants International Guitar Competition, and is laurate of the Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Clasica «Francisco Tárrega» and «Julian Arcas» competitions, Spain. He has appeared at venues such as London’s Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, New York’s Alice Tully Hall and the Palace of Versailles. He has performed on television and radio, and this October he played live on TV as soloist in front of the Norwegian Royal Family.

As theorbo-player he has performed with ensembles such as the English Concert, BBC Philharmonic and the King’s Consort. During their 2017 US tour, with performances at New York’s Lincoln Centre amongst other venues, he played with the English Baroque Soloists conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and with Les Arts Florissants during their tour of China in 2018. He has also appeared at English National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera and the Teatro Real, Madrid.

As mandolinist, he has recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Robert Craft for EMI at Abbey Road Studios, and appeared as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra directed by Roy Goodman. Other highlights have included accompanying Placido Domingo and performing at the BBC Proms under Sir Simon Rattle.

Jørgen has been a guest teacher at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.