Annie Tangberg – cello

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Photo of Annie Tangberg in a couch by Eddo Hartmann.

Cellist Annie Tangberg is something of a musical omnivore. A typical week of work could contain anything from a studio session with a pop group, an experimental music theatre performance, playing in the Metropole orchestra or a classical chamber music concert. Annie combines a traditionally classical and precise approach to cello playing with a constant and creative search for new ideas and methods.She has played with groups and festivals all over Europe, as well as traveling to the USA,Middle East, Brazil, China and Suriname.

Born in Oslo, Norway, Annie studied musicology at the university of Oslo and cello and pedagogics at Barratt-Dues conservatory. A stint at the Norwegian summer school of jazz some time in the early nineties sparked Annie’s interest in improvising and exploring the cello in non-classical ways. In 1995 she moved to the Netherlands where she completed her Masters in chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.

Her wide range of musical interests are reflected in the variety of groups she works with: besides her job in the Metropole orchestra she plays in the WestSide Trio, with Lenine & Martin Fondse Orchestra, pop singer Sonja van Hamel, Duo Percucello and Trio Hoorcomfoort .  In 2012 she  performed in the music-theatre staging of Tschechow’s play “Three sisters” by Schauspielhaus Bochum and Dutch music theatre company Veenfabriek for which she also took part in the music-poetry-food happening Orfeo with actor Jeroen Willems and Track. Currently Annie is collaborating with Silbersee (ex-VocaalLab) on a new musictheatre piece to be premiered at the Amsterdam Cellobiennale in october 2014.

Annie is also not afraid to put the cello to one side and take on other musical challenges. She composed and arranged music for her own trio (WST),and  for Sonja van Hamel and Ken Stringfellow amongst others. At the Eye Film Museum she participated as a performer and music maker in several silent film screenings.

The Nederlands Muziekinstrumenten Fonds has provided Annie with an english cello built sometime around 1840.