Ola Asdahl Rokkones (1983) lives in Tromsø in the north of Norway, and is one of few saxophonists working both within classical music and jazz. He has studied with several acclaimed teachers including Vibeke Breian, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and John-Pål Inderberg, and completed his musical education at the Music Conservatory of Tromsø in 2007. In 2012 he received the culture prize of Tromsø Municipality.
As a classical musician, he has appeared as a soloist with several renowned orchestras in Norway, Russia, Germany and France, among them the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has commissioned and premiered music by numerous composers, such as Helge Iberg, Kjell Habbestad, Martin Romberg, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, Erik Stifjell, Lars Skoglund, Håvard Lund, Alexander Manotskov and Bjørn Breimo. As a jazz- and ensemble musician he is highly profiled through several groups, such as Marit Sandvik & Nova Onda, Treskatresk, Mike del Ferro Quintet and Magyar Hot Club. In 2010 he was selected as the Norwegian representative to the prestigious European Jazz Orchestra.
Ola Asdahl Rokkones has also worked with various dance- and theatre ensembles. He has contributed on seven album releases, including Norwegian Saxophone with Fabio Mastrangelo and the St Petersburg Northern Sinfonia Orchestra (2018), Autumn Sessions with Mike del Ferro Quintet (2018), Flor with Marit Sandvik & Nova Onda (2018), I denne søte juletid with Terje Baugerød (2017), JazzPoetry with Cats vs. Kitchen Utensils (2013), Son del Ecuador with Sonora Cimarrón (2012), and Pirate Bay with DripP (2010).
His first classical CD with the saxophone concertos by Romberg, Aagaard-Nilsen and Habbestad was released in October 2018 (LAWO Classics).
Information for May 2019