Anders Norell

Anders Norell was born in Sundsvall, Sweden 1970 and completed his Master of Fine Arts in Music at the College of Music at Gothenburg University with professor Gerard Schaub, and later postgraduate studies at Royal Academy of Music in London with professor William Bennett. Another teacher that has had great influence on his playing is Suzuki-master Toshio Takahashi. However, his first musical influences came through his father, who was organist at the local church. This way, Anders often joined in to help tuning the "queen of instruments", and soon after learning to play the flute at age of 10 he frequently performed in church, often together with the choir. This proved to be valuable stage experience, but, Anders' dream to play in a big orchestra could not be realized in such a small village. After moving out from home to enter a special music school at age of 16, he got a few chances to join an amateur orchestra, and the very first occasion, playing Schumann's Third symphony confirmed that this was what he wanted to do in his life. The exciting and complex team work of a symphony orchestra where responsibility, dominance and submission is switched and juggled in matter of seconds between different sections and players under the supervision of the conductor is an amazingly detailed and living organism, and well described as a way of making love with music. After entering music college his experiences grew further, but Anders still eagerly spent his vacations joining summer camps around the world, often with focus on orchestral playing. In the summer of 1992, Anders went to such a camp in Bayreuth, Germany, where the participants also could get rare opportunities to see performances at the Wagner Festival opera house. The environment and discovery of Wagner was another milestone for Anders, and since then, he views opera as the ultimate art form, where music, poetry, theatreand art is combined to what Wagner really wished to accomplish, a "Gesamtkunstwerk", a "total work of art". The following year, Anders auditioned to the Jeunesses Musicales World Youth Orchestra and was selected as one of three participants from Sweden. This brought him to Canada, and then back to Europe, with tours in several major cities. In the year of 1990 he had a year off from his studies to do the compulsory military service, but also here it was mainly music, as he was selected to be the principal flute of the Band of the Royal Swedish Army. He performed the Chaminade Concertino as a soloist with the band at several occasions, and was so successful that he was awarded "Musician of the year" when graduating from the military. From 1991, still being a student, Anders was frequently hired to work in professional orchestras and covered a lot of both symphonic and opera repertoire. After finishing his postgraduate year in London 1994, he won the position of 2nd flute and piccolo of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, which resulted in even more tours in Europe, CD recordings (Tjajkovsky, Shostakovitch, Nielsen, Sibelius and Mahler for Deutsche Grammophon and BIS) and collaborations with prominent conductors, such as Blomstedt, Ashkenazy, Chung etc. Nevertheless, Anders felt he wanted more adventure, and after meeting his taiwanese girlfriend in London, his thoughts kept spinning about how it would be to move to Asia. So just one year later, in 1995, he came to Taiwan to visit for an annual stay, studying his other passion: language. Chinese appealed to him as a marvellous and delicate challenge, which he quickly absorbed along with the interesting fusion of traditional chinese and japanese culture with the modern american lifestyle that is the unique character of Taiwan today. However, Anders was soon busy teaching flute, and after a year, auditioned and won the job of Principal Flute of the NSO in October 1996. That completion of his lifelong dream, along with his love for Taiwan, the taiwanese people as well as Taiwan's excellent food made him easily stay on for now over ten years. Although having travelled extensively throughout the world, he will never sever his ties with the Swedish countryside where he grew up. Hence, nature is always central in Anders way of thinking and making music, and he strongly believes that the flute should sing in a natural way. Many audiences have enjoyed listening to his very personal flowing flute tone. With NSO Anders has also performed as a soloist in concertos by Messiaen and Mozart. In summer of 2004, in an enormously successful NSO production, he played and acted the solo part of Corigliano's "Pied Piper Fantasy" which excited and enthralled the audience in seven sold-out performances! Anders is also fond of chamber music, and plays solo recitals about once a year. Other time is devoted to education, and he is currently teaching at Taipei American School and Shih-Chien University. If having free time to spare, it comes as no surprise that he is often found in his terrace garden, and of course, being a typical Pisces, tending his tropical fish aquariums. Other interests range from such different topics such as solving crosswords to enjoying Australian red wine!