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Short biography

Dan Styffe is a central figure in Norwegian music life. Although born in Sweden, his professional career has been based in Norway. He studied with Göran Nyberg, Knut Guettler and Gary Karr. He worked as Karr's assistant 1981-82 before he accepted the position as Principal Bassist with The Norwegian Opera Orchestra and later the same position in The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Now Styffe is Co-Principal Bassist in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor at The Norwegian Academy of Music and Barratt Due's Institute of Music.

Styffe played many years in the chamber Ensemble Borealis and is regularly performing at international chamber music festivals and conventions as soloist and chamber musician. He records for SIMAX Classics. He gives Masterclasses around the world and he plays a Gasparo da Saló bass (approximately 1580) owned by Dextra Musica, Sparebankstiftelsen DnB NOR.


Selected Performances


  • 7 Aug UMBRIA

    Festival Federico Cesi
    Dan Styffe, Gabriele Ragghianti, Thierry Barbé, Giuseppe Ettorre - double bass

  • 7-13 Sep SEVILLA

    Festival International de Musica Camera Joaquin Turina

  • 2017

  • 6 Jun ITHACA

    Concert in Gabriele Ragghianti's recital
    Ithaca College, Ithaca, USA

  • 7 Jun ITHACA

    Recital with Dan Styffe
    Ithaca College, Ithaca, USA

  • 8 Jun ITHACA

    "Anna's Promise"
    Barry Greens
    Ithaca College, Ithaca, USA

  • 8 Jun ITHACA

    Concert in Teppo Hauta-Aho's recital
    Ithaca College, Ithaca, USA

  • 2018

  • 2 Feb BONN

    Concert by Christian Lindberg
    Beethoven Orchestra
    Beethoven Halle, Bonn, Germany