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International Tuba Superstar to Perform at USM

Thu, 10/12/2023 - 09:36am | By: Mike Lopinto

USMVoted one of the top-10 brass players in history by Classic FM, Øystein Baadsvik, tuba, will be performing on Oct. 18at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus.

Boasting an acclaimed world-wide career and a popular classical musician on YouTube with more than six million viewers, Baadsvik is a dynamic leader in the music scene. Audiences will delight in his lyrical technique and skilled musicianship. The concert is free and open to the public.

“The opportunity to have world-class musicians on our campus regularly is one of the many perks of being a Southern Miss student and living in our thriving arts community,” said Dr. Colin McKenzie, Director of USM’s School of Music. “I sincerely hope music lovers of all types, not just brass players, will take advantage of having this music celebrity available to them – for free.”

Baadsvik’s multi-faceted musical career as a soloist and recording artist has taken him all over the world. He regularly gives masterclasses and clinics at major universities worldwide. He did the first TED talk on the tuba and has gained international fame from his dazzling wit and virtuosic technique.

His engagements include performances with orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Philharmonic. Baadsvik has performed in some of the most famous venues in the world and in 2006, made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

Baadsvik is an active recording artist whose CDs receive unstinting praise. In their review of “Tuba Works,” American Record Guide said, “This spectacular recording establishes Baadsvik as one of the best solo tubists in the world.” Film composer John Williams said about Baadsvik’s recording of his tuba concerto, “His rendering of my concerto far surpasses anything a composer might hope for.”

Get a sample prior to his appearance.