'Ernst Simon Glaser proves to be a magnificent player wholly immersed in the work' 

Ernst Simon Glaser studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Ralph Kirshbaum, and on graduation became co-principal cellist of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (aged 22). From 2011 to 2011 he was principal cellist of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo, and is currently principal cellist of Sweden's national orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. In January 2019 he was soloist with GSO in Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös’ s cello concerto.

In addition to his orchestral work, Glaser regularly performs in chamber music concerts and as a soloist, appearing with most of the Norwegian Orchestras and further afield in Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, Israel and China. He is a member of the newly-formed string trio Trio Ludo with Guro Kleven Hagen (violin) and Hanne Skjelbred (viola), and has been privileged to work with many other outstanding musicians and conductors – including Shlomo Mintz, Leif Ove Andsnes, David Afkham, Iskandar Widjaja, Nikolaj Znaider, Christian Zacharias, Håvard Gimse and Omer Wellber.

An enthusiastic champion of contemporary music, Glaser has had a number of works written specially for him by Norwegian composers. He is currently working on completing a project ‘Bach Inspiration’, exploring the potential to connect classic repertoire with present-day approaches, for which he is commissioning new companion pieces to be played alongside each of the Bach cello suites. 

Glaser has won several awards including ‘Young Soloist of the Year’ from The Norwegian Concert Society in 2002, and the ‘Friends of Music’ Debut Prize in 2004. He is also a well-established recording artist. Following his success in the Young Soloist of the Year competition, he made his debut CD with works by Schubert and Schumann for the SIMAX label. His latest recording (Zvezdochka in Orbit) with Bergen’s Royal Navy Band features four highly diverse cello concertos by Ibert, Gulda, Jon Øivind Ness and Olav Anton Thommessen – receiving excellent reviews in Norway and abroad, praising how Glaser  “with groove and elegance explores new avenues within contemporary music”. 

Ernst Simon Glaser plays a cello by Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona, c. 1680), generously on loan from Dextra Musica AS.