Max Artved

Professor, Oboe, Woodwinds

“I have had the pleasure of performing both chamber and orchestral music with Max Artved, and on several occasions, I have witnessed his excellent teaching skills. He is a prime example of the perfect blend of performer and teacher”.
Ole K Dahl - Professor, Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts & Visiting professor, Royal College of Music.

Max Artved is a renowned solo-oboist and chamber musician, and from 1991-2010 he was the principal oboist in The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (DNRSO). Artved has toured most of the World with DNRSO and record many essential symphonies, among these the collective symphonies of Carl Nielsen, Beethoven and Mahler.

From 2004-2018 Max Artved was the artistic manager of the Diamant Ensemble, which is the household ensemble of the Royal Danish Library, debuting in 2004 in the strikingly elegant ‘Black Diamond’ library in Copenhagen. The Ensemble consists of five woodwinds and 5 strings who all hold key positions in DNRSO, The Royal Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Since the ensemble was founded, it has featured a long line of international soloists. Among them big names on the classical music scene such as Leif Ove Andsnes and Nikolaj Znaider. Furthermore, the ensemble has collaborated with outstanding Danish musicians and young talents. In recent years the collaborations have centered around The Royal Danish Academy of Music where Max Artved is a professor.

Max Artved himself studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) under the tutelage of Professor Jørgen Hammergaard, and also in London with Gordon Hunt as well as in Paris with Maurice Bourgue. His debut concert from the soloist programme at RDAM in 1990 received critical acclaim and since then, Max Artved has worked as a soloist in several contexts, e.g. playing with DNRSO, Copenhagen Phil, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Odense Symphony Orchestra for productions of Oboe concertos by Strauss, Mozart, Jouni Kaipainen, A. Honegger, F. Henriques, V. Holmboe and Bo Holten. From 1988-1990 Max Artved was oboist and solo horn player in the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and in 1990 he won the position as solo-oboist in both The Royal Orchestra and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Besides working as a soloist and artistic manager for the Diamond Ensemble, Artved has been a busy chamber musician and soloist in various Danish chamber music associations and has played concerts in Sweden, Norway, Germany and Italy. During his tenure as Woodwind professor at RDAM, Artved has also taught several masterclasses and given concerts in China. Besides his work at RDAM, Artved also teaches oboe at Malmö Academy of Music.

Max Artved has recorded many classical works, for example: Music for oboe and strings. Mozart - Crusell- J.C. Bach (Naxos), Danish music for oboe and piano. C. Nielsen- P. Nørgaard (Dacapo), Dvorak and Spohr. Diamond-Ensemble (Naxos), Complete concertos,

Danish Windquintets: C. Nielsen, J. Jersild among others (Dacapo) and Oboe trios by L.v. Beethoven and J. Triebensee (Classico).  As a result of his impressive artistic level, Artved has been the recipient of several prestigious awards; among these: The Jakob Gade award, The Music Critics’ Award, Gladsaxe Music Award, The Grand Van Hauen Award and The Grand Fritz Busch Award – selected by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

As a teacher, Max Artved’s experience is quite extensive having taught the Tivoli Marching Band, at Malmö Academy of Music and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. His former students have gone on to occupy some important positions in Danish and Swedish orchestras, among these:  

Eva Steinaa: Solo-oboist in The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Felicia Greciuc: Solo-oboist in The Royal Orchestra, Oliver Nordahl: Solo-oboist in Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and finally Inken Menk: Solo-oboist in Falun Symphony Orchestra.

In the fall of 2019, Max Artved has just finished recording Bo Holten’s Oboe Concert with Odense Symphony Orchestra. The recording is set for release on the Dacapo label in 2020. He is also heading a joint project between RDAM, Norwegian Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in Sweden where the three institutions work on bringing the Scandinavian woodwind tradition closer together.

“Max Artved is an internationally outstanding personality, who knows how to combine musical inspiration and creativity with the finest instrumental craftmanship”. Henrik Wiese - Prinicipal flutist in The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra