Marie Nøkleby wins Bergen principal job

Norwegian trombonist Marie Nøkleby Hanssen just won the joint principal job of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Nøkleby Hanssen grew up in Asker, close to Oslo. She got her bachelor degree from University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover with Jonas Bylund as her main teacher. She finished her studies with the master soloist diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music, under the guidance of Bylund and Sverre Riise.

As the daughter of trombonists, Nøkleby Hanssen attended her first ITA festival at only 3 years old. In

2018, she won the ITA Alto Trombone Competition, and in 2019, she was a finalist of the Robert Marsteller competition. In 2022, she was the only Scandinavian trombonist to reach the 2nd round of the ARD solo competition in Münich.

Nøkleby has been working as trombonist of the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces since 2019, and has enjoyed engagements with the major orchestras in Oslo, Gothenburg and Bergen. She is a fixed member of the all female tenThing Brass Ensemble, and is frequently appearing as a soloist accompanied by orchestras and bands.

Marie has a YouTube channel, and here she plays the recently discovered Ole Olsen trombone concerto in F major. It was recorded as part of her soloist diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2021.

Eyvind Sommerfelt
ITA Online News Coordinator