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Jørn Eivind Schau


Professor / Head of Music Performance Programs

K3020 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

Flautist Jørn Eivind Schau is a full time Professor at the University of Agder (UiA). He also teaches at the University of Tromsø (UiT) and has taught at the University of Trondheim (NTNU).

He was trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo, and has served with the major Norwegian symphony orchestras and professional wind bands. During the years prior to entering his UiA position, he worked with the Wind Orchestra of the Southern Defence Forces, and was affiliated to the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. He has toured for Concerts Norway, worked for theatres in musical productions and participated in classical and commercial recordings, as well as broadcasting productions (NRK, YLE, SV2, DR).

Schau is a frequent guest at International festivals and flute conventions. As a concert flautist and University master-clinician he has visited Sweden, Denmark, Finland, England, Poland, Germany, Hungary, France, Turkey and the US. He regularly gives courses for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte (Germany) and has published articles, book-chapters and forewords to publications at Edition Svitzer (Denmark), Ars Nova (Poland) and Musikkforlaget (Norway).

Being an experienced adjudicator, he has served as member of jury-panels for several International competitions, most recently: French National Flute Competition in Nice, France 2010; Second International Flute Competition in Izmir, Turkey 2012; European Flute Ensemble Competition in Freiburg, Germany 2013; International Flute Ensemble Competition in Monaco 2014, and for the Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition, France (the European Prize) in 2015.

Jørn Schau has been the Artistic Director of the Norwegian Flute Ensemble since 2008, the chief conductor of the German Flute Orchestra (2016-17) and the European Flute Ensemble since 2016. The latter he co-founded together with flautist Dr. Ewa Murawska of the Jan Paderevsky Music Academy in Poznan (Poland), with whom he has had an artistic and academic partnership for almost a decade.

His special interest for the flute ensemble format and music for multiple flutes has led to numerous workshops in Europe and the US, and close collaboration with composers to expand the flute ensemble repertoire. The discography includes work-dedications by Trygve Madsen, Hans Magne Græsvold, Konrad Øhrn and Terje Mathisen; Baroque concertos by Bach, Händel and Vivaldi; transcriptions of music from the Renaissance by Palestrina, Prætorius, Gesualdo and Monteverdi, and standard modern flute ensemble repertoire by composers Andrew Downes and Charles Threatte.

Schau co-managed the EEA/Norway Grant project Culture for integration- European Flute Forum 2013-2014, and was the Artistic Director of the Kristiansand Summer Symphony Courses 2011-2013. Since 2014 he has been a steering-group member of the European Flute Associations Council, a strategic venture to develop sustainable projects across Europe – focusing on artistic and educational development within flute playing. 

Schau initiated the Norwegian Flute Society in 2009 and became the society’s first chair. He has been Artistic Director of the annual Norwegian Flute Festival since 2011.  

Jørn Schau received the University of Agder Education Award for 2014.

He is a Sankyo Flute Artist, Japan






Scientific publications

  • Schau, Jørn (2020). Lecture: "Working with Flute Ensembles" -Gnessin Special School of Music.
  • Schau, Jørn (2020). Seminar/mesterklasser ved Gnessin Special School of Music, Moscow, Russia.
  • Schau, Jørn (2020). Jurymedlem i Gnessin International Flute Competition, Moscow, Russia.
  • Schau, Jørn (2019). Flute seminar and masterclasses at University of Arts, Tirana, Albania.
  • Schau, Jørn (2019). Mesterklasser og studieprogrampresentasjon ved TNH folkehøgskole, Hamar.
  • Schau, Jørn (2019). Flute ensemble workshop, masterclasses, Concert - premiere performance of work by Gabrowskie, 2nd Polish Flute Congress, Lodz, Poland.
  • Schau, Jørn (2019). Lecture, flute ensemble workshop, masterclasses / 2nd Polish Flute Congress, Nov 4-7, Lodz.
  • Schau, Jørn (2019). Flute Ensemble workshop, seminar and masterclasses / 2nd Polish Flute Congress, Nov 4-7, Lodz, Poland.
  • Schau, Jørn (2019). Concert in Lodz Philharmonie: Premiere performances of works by Grzezcack,Brych and Pudelko / 2nd Polish Flute Congress, Nov. 4-7, Lodz, Poland.
  • Schau, Jørn (2019). Poznan Flute Day/ Patrick Gallois Flute Studios, Nov. 2nd, Poznan, Poland: Concert-lecture, workshop and masterclasses.

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