Christian Grøvlen,"(...)the last in a shining row of Norwegian piano phenomenas(...)" (klassiskmusikk.com), has played the piano since the age of 5 and is today regarded as one of Norway's most prominent young and exciting artists. From the age of 15 studied with Professor Jiri Hlinka, and he still receives occasional lessons from him. Christian then entered the Norwegian Academy of Music where he studied with professor Håvard Gimse and professor Lars Anders Tomter. Christian graduated in 2015 when he made his debut in the University Aula in Oslo. He graduated from the The Royal Danish Academy of Music in the soloist program with professor in October 2017. Christian has also received artistic advice and instruction from Leif Ove Andsnes, Wolfgang Plagge and Ole Edvard Antonsen. In June 2016 he was awarded the Robert Levin Prize in Oslo. In 2017 he was given a two year grant for newly established artists by Arts Council Norway. He made his Copenhagen Debut in October 2017 and in the Norwegian National Opera in November 2017.
His first album with keyboard works by Bach was recorded on the acclaimed Norwegian Label 2L and was released summer 2017 to great reviews. The Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet wrote: "(...) When Pianist Christian Grøvlen now makes his debut in a recording of a Bach recital, there is no doubt that this debut is promising, yes, in a personal, distinctive way. (...) It's impressive how he seems to have a grasp of this music, which undoubtedly has been played and interpreted by countless pianist before him (...) With the modern piano as a basis, it sounds refined and varied in sound, yet at the same time with a great scope in character and articulation. Grøvlen's sense of form and dramaturgy is also striking, particularly in the opening work (...) a recording which bears witness of a mature and vivid musician with his future ahead of him (...)
From his early teens he has appeared as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has played at several of the largest festivals in Norway, including Festspillene i Bergen, Oslo Kammermusikkfestival, Nordlysfestivalen, Festspillene i Elverum, Vinterfestspillene and played with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Allegria, Nordic Harmony and several other ensembles. He has also been invited to the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen almost every year for recitals since his teens.
Christian has worked with several great artist, such as Arve Tellefsen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Eldbjørg and Ragnhild Hemsing, Charlie Siem, Marianne Thorsen, Johannes Weisser, Eli Kristin Hanssveen, Knut Erik Sundquist among others. He has also worked regularly with Norwegian actor Minken Fosheim.
As a performer he has been noted for his poetic, extroverted and virtuosic playing and his large repertoire . He has a strong passion for Baroque music, J. S Bach, Rameau and Couperin in particular. Highlights from his active repertoire also includes Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and the late romantic composers such as Sergei Rachmaninov and Leopold Godowsky, as well the music of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Alban Berg and Francis Poulenc. Grøvlen is also a composer and his first commissioned work was premiered in Aril 2017 by the Trondheim Soloists.