Frode Haltli (b. 1975) studied accordion at The Norwegian State Academy of Musicfrom 1994 and at The Royal Danish Concervatory of Music where he ended his studies in 2000. He was awarded the Young Soloist of the Year 2001 title by the Norwegian Concert Institute at the Bergen International Festival 2000. His debut CD Looking on Darkness (ECM New Series) recieved ”Spellemannprisen” (the Norwegian Grammy) for best contemporary music album, and it has recieved numerous very good reviews by international music critics. In 2004 Frode recieved the French ”Prix Gus Viseur”, also for the CD ”Looking on Darkness”.
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This is a fearless, searching and exceptional debut.
--Astrid Kvalbein, Verdens Gang
This is certainly an intriguing and enjoyable collection of contemporary Scandinavian music --Cahum MacDonald, International Record Review
The accordion has never - well, hardly ever - had it so good. But forget Piazzolla and Pohjonen, certainly banish thoughts of the tango: This debut solo disc from the Norwegian virtuoso Frode Haltli presents five challenging new works which explore the furthest sonic regions of the instrument. --Hilary Flinch, BBC Music Magazine