Thormod Rønning Kvam


Thormod Rønning Kvam is considered one of the most emerging Norwegian pianists of his generation. He is performing regularly both as soloist and chamber musician in venues such as The Oslo Concert Hall and The Norwegian National Opera as well as in major concert halls throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Being an avid chamber musician, Kvam has performed together with some of Scandinavia’s finest musicians, such as the Finnish mezzo-soprano Melis Jaatinen, the Norwegian violinist and Gramophone Awards-nominee Guro Kleven Hagen and the Norwegian tenor and saxophonist Håkon Kornstad. As well as having performed live in several radio and TV broadcasts, he has made numerous concert appearances in Sweden, Russia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Germany, Holland and England.

In 2010 Kvam was invited to study with Prof. Jiří Hlinka, former teacher of the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, as one of his very last students. This summer he is finishing his Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Profs. Christopher Elton and Diana Ketler and will advance with a Diploma this autumn.

Kvam has been awarded a place at the ArtEx programme recently launched by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s new co-funding platform (Talent Norway). He has also been awarded prizes such as the TICON Scholarship (Norway, 2017), Buskerud Culture Prize (Norway, 2016) and the Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship Competition as the only Norwegian finalist (Scandinavia, 2014), as well as the highly acclaimed Dobloug Foundation Scholarship Competition (Norway, 2015).

Kvam started playing piano at the age of 4 and had his first lessons at the local music school in Røyken, southwest of Oslo. Since then he has studied with amongst others Gordon Back, Christian Ihle Hadland, Erling Eriksen, Håvard Gimse and Jens Harald Bratlie in addition to Jiří Hlinka, also having performed in master classes with Leif Ove Andsnes, Gabriela Montero, Truls Mørk, Cristina Ortiz, Liv Glaser, Simon Trpçeski, Enrico Pace, Hamish Milne, Jeffrey Swann and Jeremy Menuhin.

Kvam is pianist and managing director of the Edvard Munch Ensemble, a touring piano quintet that explores chamber music in combination with other art forms such as poetry and visual art. The other members are violinists Guro Kleven Hagen and Victoria Putterman (Artistic Director), violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (winner of EBU Young Musician) / violist Hanne Skjelbred (solo violist, Gothenburg Royal Opera) and cellist Sverre Barratt-Due (principal cellist, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra).

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Short Profile

NameKvam, Thormod Rønning
Date of Birth1991-02-11
Born inNorway, Europe
Home LocationRøyken, Norway
Main languageNorwegian
Additional languages English,  French 
attended UniversitiesRoyal Academy of Music (London), Barratt Due Institute of Music (Oslo)
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